TITLE

Bashur or Bust

AUTHOR(S)
Arana-Barradas, A.
PUB. DATE
July 2003
SOURCE
Airman;Jul2003, Vol. 47 Issue 7, p31
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article states that the U.S. airmen overcome hardships to open airfield in northern Iraq. The C-130 Hercules cruised along the parking ramp as its four huge turboprops kicked up a windstorm behind it. As it taxied on the ramp at Bashur Airfield, Iraq, the loadmaster lowered the cargo plane's rear ramp. Quick turns were the name of the game at Bashur during the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The faster airmen got the planes in and out, the better. And the airmen had plenty of work, sweating around the clock. It was tough work-- especially at night, when they used night vision goggles to work in fast-paced, blacked-out conditions. On the ground, the soldiers became the coalition's largest fighting force in northern Iraq, and the airmen reported to an Army boss. To sustain the paratroops and other troops in the area would take a big airlift. They'd need millions of tons of food, water, supplies and equipment.
ACCESSION #
18265378

 

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