One of Princess Crabby's favorite Sailors (is that redundant?) was the first one on the ground Monday in Burma! I love Admiral Keating! Way to go, baby!
In a sign of the significance of the American aid delivery, the aircraft also carried Admiral Timothy Keating, commander of the American military in the Pacific.
Today's Blogger's Roundtable featured Capt. Trevor Hall, USAF. Capt. Hall piloted the first American C-130 to land in Burma on Monday the 12th. They flew out of Thailand we they happened to be in relation to Cobra Gold. They had wrapped up their troop transport of the Marines involved in the exercise and would have been headed back to Tokyo. Then fate intervened in the form of Cyclone Nargis, so Capt. Hall and his men were told to standby in Thailand.
The C-130 was loaded with bottled water, mosquito nets and blankets. On board, besides Tim, were USAID people. They were on the ground for about two hours, during which the supplies were off loaded by the Burmese military. Capt. Hall remarked on how graciously they were recieved and how happy the Burmese military was to see them. He said not everyone was in uniform per se, but those who weren't in uniform were wearing T-shirts that indicated they were in the service. He mentioned that there was pictures taking and effort was made to convey gratitude and hope that more aid would be forthcoming.
I was listening to NPR Morning edition while I was half asleep in bed and came fully awake when the mentioned "A four star Admiral being in Burma". I sat up and thought "That's SouthieBoy's friend Tim!". So I wasn't surprised to hear him mentioned by Capt. Hall and would have asked if he hadn't brought it up.
Capt. Hall told us that Admiral Keating was met by the head of Burma's navy, Rear Adm. Soe Thein and they went to discuss future aid for the two hours they were on the ground. This is going to be even more urgent in light of news today that another cyclone is expected to form in the next 24 hours and sweep across the same areas that are already devastated.
Capt. Hall also sent along a few pics which Jack forwarded to us.
I will post more later............my paying job calls.