Irish air force to recognize US Air Force bravery in Kabul evacuations

Irish Air Force will recognize the bravery of the US Air Force crew of a Boeing C-17 Globemaster for transporting 823 refugees, including 186 children, from Kabul, Afghanistan, to Qatar in August.

The organizers of the first Kinsale Aviation Festival will present their 2021 Aviation Valor Award to the crew on Saturday: Lieut Col Eric Kut, Capt Cory Jackson, First Lieut Mark Lawson, Technical Sgt Justin Triola, Airman 1st class Nicolas Baron, Staff Sgt Derek Laurent and Airman Senior Richard Johnson, part of the Sixth Airlift Squadron.

They transported refugees from Kabul to safety under difficult circumstances in a plane designed for up to 336 passengers on humanitarian missions.

“Flight skill”

The quote indicates that the crew used their “judgment and flying skills to make the safe departure of this remarkable flight”, demonstrating valor in aviation and breaking records for the number of passengers carried by the aircraft. ‘airplane.

Supported by aircraft rental company Avolon, stockbroker Goodbody and the Irish Historic Flight Foundation, the Kinsale Aviation Festival will feature a plenary session on Saturday, followed by gatherings at some of the restaurants in Co Cork city later.

According to one of the organizers, Goodbody’s Director of Corporate Origination and Brokerage, Joe Gill, the proceeds will go to the Millstreet Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, which operates out of Rathcoole Airfield in partnership with Irish Community Rapid Response. .

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