Flies In Medical, Humanitarian Supplies
Two C-130 crews from the 38th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air
Base, Germany, flew medical and humanitarian supplies into
Vladikavkaz, Russia, Monday -- a humanitarian gesture to the
victims of the Beslan school shootings.
The crews dropped off about 36,000 pounds of medical and
humanitarian supplies for use by relief agencies in the treatment
and support of hundreds of victims of the recent terrorist act in
The Russian government requested assistance after the United
States offered support. The officials here said they appreciated
"I spoke to the Russian interpreter, and he was very thankful
that we made the journey over here," said Air Force Lt. Col.
Richard L. Galante, 38th Airlift Squadron commander, a reservist
out of Youngstown (OH). "I could see some of the other Russian
officials were really teary-eyed and really appreciated the
support, … that we brought in these medical supplies and
other equipment that they need so badly."
"They said it was nice that our countries were in such community
with one another, … that we were living like brothers in the
midst of tragedy," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Clayton E. Bronnee, a
Russian linguist with the 426th Information Operations Squadron.
"They said they felt very bad for us when 9/11 happened, and they
appreciate our help and support now that this tragedy has befallen
The humanitarian supplies included sheets, blankets, medicine,
burn kits, bandages and dressings, as well as specialized medical
(ANN salutes Air Force Master Sgt. Jon Hanson, 435th Air
Base Wing Public Affairs Office, USAF)