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Pope crews drop supplies in Haiti

Posted January 21, 2010

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— A crew from Pope Air Force Base delivered tens of thousands of pounds of supplies to Haiti on Thursday.

About 70,000 pounds of supplies including bottled water and Meals Ready to Eat were loaded onto a C-17 for the flight.

“We want to ensure the people of Haiti get the food and water they need,” Staff Sgt. Joshua Walker said.

After a three-hour flight, crews dropped the supplies above Mirebalais, 20 miles northeast of Port-au-Prince. Parachutes helped each bundle glide safely to the ground.

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“It’s another way to bring the relief supplies, the food and water, to them without getting caught up in the bottleneck of the airport,” Maj. Jason Kirkland said.

All 40 bundles landed on target, Maj. Jeff Daniels said. Once on the packages hit the ground, soldiers distributed the food and water.

“One bottle of water or one MRE could save the life of a child or a man or a woman who has been devastated by a natural disaster,” Kirkland said.

Thursday’s flight was the Pope group's second supply drop to Haiti.

So far, more than 100 flights from the Pope Air Force Base have landed in Haiti with troops and supplies.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 22, 2010

    When I saw this headline, I actually thought "Oh. The Pope has finally decided to help this 80% Catholic country in need."

    Nope.

    I guess when the richest person on earth tells them to "keep praying", it's his way to "help" all of the intense and massive suffering. Nice. (sarcasm)

    From the book, The Vatican Billions:
    "The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe. The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest individual of the twentieth century."

  • John Sawtooth Jan 22, 2010

    Glad to see them performing humitarian airdrops, great work.

    I wish the USA would further develop this ability to be faster into action - it's not the crews' fault, we don't have a stockpile of ready-to-load-and-go relief/aid supplies. It's too bad, because it would do a lot to boost US stature as well as being a great way to help disaster areas.

    I've had this opinion since just before the Afghani conflict began, and it would have been helpful there as well though for somewhat different reasons.

  • MrX-- Jan 22, 2010

    I didn't even know the Pope had an air force.

  • hollylama Jan 21, 2010

    I read about 1400 flights are waiting to get in to provide aid. Its nice to see the World come together for something other than the Olympics.