By Center of Military History United States Army, Mary Ellan Condon-Rall
The authentic account of an immense incident early within the careers of then-Colonels Stanley McChrystal and John Abizaid, this booklet is a robust and compelling tale of ache, terror, delight, braveness, and compassion. It celebrates the significant spirit of the lads and girls who make up America's army neighborhood. established principally upon the first-person money owed of these taken with the 23 March 1994 incident, this legitimate research by means of the U.S. Army's middle of army historical past describes the tragic occasions starting with the collision of a C-130 Hercules delivery and an F-16 fighter trying to land concurrently at Pope Air strength Base, North Carolina. The fighter then struck a parked C-141 Starlifter, generating an important fireball that introduced loss of life or harm to greater than 100 paratroopers assembled in a space adjoining to the airstrip referred to as eco-friendly Ramp, getting ready to board a shipping that may hold them aloft for a coaching parachute jump--the worst peacetime dying suffered via the 82d Airborne department due to the fact international battle II. A quick-reaction challenge by way of within reach castle Bragg's elite XVIII Airborne Corps assisted in responding to the difficulty The reader will realize the soldiers, medical professionals, medics, chaplains, volunteers, and family who triumphed over tragedy; a few through identify, yet such a lot via type--essentially traditional humans solid in outstanding roles by way of destiny. What they shared was once a fierce loyalty to each other
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19 Jones Memo, 3 Apr 95. 20 Inte nsive care un its provided continuous reevaluation and addi tiona l ca re. Approx imately forty casualties were intubated and pl aced on ve ntilators at some time during their treatme nt to assist breathing. Beca use twenty-eight patients needed ven til atio n simulta neously, the hospital obta ined additi onal ventilato rs from the 28th Combat Sup port a nd 5th Surg ical Hosp itals. The staff gave all casualti es IV fl uids and medi cation. " Casualties were being triaged to intensive ca re uni ts within ten m in utes of the accident.
As quoted in Kent Kisselbrack,"Soldicr's Medal: Army Speciali st Honored for Heroism During Pope AF B Tragedy Last Year," Kol'Ifs MomMy, May 1995 , p. 10. J, As quoted in Leonnig, "Quick Warning," p. IDA. 22 DI SASTE R ON GREEN RAh'I P One month before the accide nt the 2d Battalion, 504th In fa ntry, had to simulate evacuating dead and wou nded during maneuve rs at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Lo ui siana. Lessons learned during those exercises helped the battalion to evacuate so ldiers and acco unt for fallen comrades on Green Ramp.
The "2d up" aircraft to uched dow n at 1440 but did not evacuate any casua lti es. " Just o utside the Airborne Gate on Rifle Range Road, eight civi lian ambu lances from Cumberland, Moore, Hoke, and Harnett Counties stood by to move casualties, but all of the injured had been evacuated. " Limited triage occurred at the crash site because of the fi res and explod ing amm unition (500 rounds of 20-mm. am munition from the Ibid . Interv, Lt Co l Iri s 1. West wi th Crew Members, 57th M ed ica l Co mpany (A ir Ambulance), 14 Apr 94 (hereafter cited as 57th Medi cal Co Interv); Memo, Col Stephen L.
Disaster on Green Ramp : the Army's response by Center of Military History United States Army, Mary Ellan Condon-Rall