Glad They’re on Our Side! Unbelieveable!

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Someone emailed this to me. Here’s the context:
This photo was taken by a soldier in Afghanistan of a helo rescue mission. The pilot is a PA Guard guy who flies EMS choppers in civilian life. Now how many people on the planet you reckon could set the butt end of a chopper down on the roof top of a shack on a steep mountain cliff and hold it there while soldiers load wounded men in the rear??? If this does not impress you … nothing ever will. Gives me the chills and a serious case of the vertigo … I can’t even imagine having the nerve … much less the talent and ability … God Bless ’em !!!!!

Then I got this email and one of our commenters provided this explanation:
Although the text that accompanied copies of this image sent via e-mail in 2006 suggested the activity shown therein was part of an effort to evacuate wounded coalition soldiers, the photo actually captures the Chinook helicopter touching down to receive Afghan Persons Under Control (APUC) captured by members of the U.S. 10th Mountain Division.

So…let me get this straight, if the second explanation is the correct one and (I know enough about this internet stuff to figure that it may be) then it’s even more extradordinary. Think about it, if they’re willing to risk their lives for the bad guys…??? Imagine what acts of heroism they’re willing to do for our friends!

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21 thoughts on “Glad They’re on Our Side! Unbelieveable!

  1. Minor correction:

    In November 2003, a U.S.-led coalition launched Operation Mountain Resolve in the Nuristan and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan in order to disrupt anti-coalition militia (ACM) operations and prevent militia members from seeking sanctuary in the rugged Afghan provinces. The above-displayed photograph of the precarious-looking rooftop landing by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter (which began circulating via e-mail in December 2003 and started making the rounds of the Internet again in August 2006) was taken during that operation by U.S. Army Sgt. Greg Heath of the 4th Public Affairs Detachment.

    Although the text that accompanied copies of this image sent via e-mail in 2006 suggested the activity shown therein was part of an effort to evacuate wounded coalition soldiers, the photo actually captures the Chinook helicopter touching down to receive Afghan Persons Under Control (APUC) captured by members of the U.S. 10th Mountain Division.

  2. r, I believe Victoria is expressing amazement at seeing the CH-47 touching the rear wheels while hovering with the front off the ground.

    I can understand peoples amazement at this when they weren’t involved with Army Helicopters and appreciate it.

    However, since Army helicopters is what I did the entire 8 years I was on active duty, I saw Chinooks, Hueys and more perform similar feats often.

    The Chinook is one of the more stable helicopters in the fleet, until something goes wrong. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen too often.

    But, Army pilots train heavily for maneuvers as this and some others that civilians not used to it might find amazing.

    What I find amazing is that after so many years of indoctrination, so many voluntarily return to perform as this. So, like Victoria said, I too am glad they are on our side.

  3. No, wingate, the infamous photo of Saigon in 1975 was a CIA UH-1 “Huey.”

    However, if your reference is the scrambled evacuation escaping the incoming enemy forces that overtook Saigon relatively easy, since the Democrat controlled Congress has barred any further aid to South Viet Nam, allowing it to fall to Communism, you may very well prove right, if the Democrats regain control.

    Sad part is, the ensuing slaughter will not be restricted to just Iraqis and Afghanis this time. If we leave, they will follow us.

  4. My reference is to the fact that seeing a US helicopter precariously close to a rooftop gave me a flashback to Saigon 1975. I did not need to know the make and model of the helicopter to have this flashback. Nor did I consider a Democratic Congress or Gerald Ford, or politics whatsoever. Lighten up. Every posting does not require a response from you.

  5. lew,

    Being technically correct is not the issue. What you need is to feel the moment. The dream is to recreate that entire scenario in Iraq starting with the Dems retaking the house with Rep Rangall cutting off funding for the war.

  6. Unfortunately, windbag, I am free to reply to whichever post I desire, just as you are.

    Since you endured a “flashback” seeing a Chinook, I felt it appropriate to state the cause of the event that was your “flashback.” You are free to ignore and not read anything I post.

    As to model, I did not state whether the “Huey” was an ‘A,’ ‘B,’ or ‘C’ model. Just a Huey.

    For your next “flashback,” may I suggest remembering the Cambodian Killing Fields, Vietnamese re-education camps and “Boat People?” Multiply that by ten and that is what will be given to teh Iraqi and Afghani peoples should the leftists succeed again. Only difference is, it won’t be a “flashback,” it will be happening to them for real.

    Then, terrorists will bring their new “flashback” to our streets.

    This isn’t a video game, this is a fight against forces hellbent on World Domination by Radical Islam.

  7. Wingate you must be more careful. What is a simple flashback for you can set off all sorts of emotions in Righties. They are very sensitive these days what with the “We are safer because we are in Iraq” leg of their stool having been kicked out from under them by the NIE.

    I am not a psychologist but your innocent reference could trigger memories of the failure in Vietnam and anxieties over the failure in Iraq. Even Afghanistan is not going well with the Taliban making inroads and the government holed up in Kabul. Those of us who supported the war in Afghanistan and saw resources diverted to Iraq are also upset.

  8. fizzi,

    Lets check the score card.

    Conservatives want to succeed.

    The Lefties want to bail and lose aka Vietnam style.

    Failure will only occur in Iraq if we cut and run as democrats plan on doing.

    The US failed in Vietnam for 2 reasons 1. Not fighting to win and 2. Leaving and not returning as promised to the South.

    You and your friends will be directly responsible for any failure in Iraq because you failed to support the effort.

    As far as being safer please explain why there has been no attacks in the US since 9/11.

    Maybe you should be more careful as reality has the final say.

  9. Lets check the score card.

    Conservatives want to succeed.
    What is your measure of success

    The Lefties want to bail and lose aka Vietnam style.

    “Lefties” believe if we leave now or in five years, the
    result in Iraq will be just the same. The primary
    difference will be in the length of the casualty list.

    Failure will only occur in Iraq if we cut and run as democrats plan on doing.

    Failure has already occurred thanks to the management of
    this incompetent administration. There is no light at the
    end of this tunnel

    The US failed in Vietnam for 2 reasons 1. Not fighting to win and 2. Leaving and not returning as promised to the South.

    The US failed in Iraq because we had a President that lied
    to us about the reasons for going to war, went to war with
    too few troops who were underequipped and underfunded.

    You and your friends will be directly responsible for any failure in Iraq because you failed to support the effort.

    This administration failed to support this effort with
    enough troops, equipment funding, and by casting off the
    veterans upon their return. You support this administration
    therefore you and your friends will be directly responsible
    for any failure in Iraq.

    As far as being safer please explain why there has been no attacks in the US since 9/11.

    Why do you ignore the anthrax attacks.

    Maybe you should be more careful as reality has the final say.

    Reality will have the final say. We shall see who was not careful.

  10. fizzi,

    The anthrax attacks were considered to be domestic terrorism. A lot of the so called attacks turned out to be nothing.

    Score Card:

    Success is Iraq standing on its own to a point we can remove our troops and the Iraqis ask us to leave. So far they want us to stay since they are afraid that their neighbors will invade.

    No the lefties ignore any report of success and march on with their viewpoint. You cannot wage war without experiencing casualties.

    No as long as the Iraqis and our troops continue to try. The only true failure is not to try in the first place.

    You are ignoring the light since it conflicts with you view of the world. Control of parts of Iraq continue to be transfered to the Iraqis.

    Your claim that the President lied has no basis in fact. I know the claim that Saddam had WMDs started on Jan 20, 2001 at noon. I have been following the Iraq situation since the first Gulf war and I know what everyone had been saying about WMDs.

    You are only capable to see failure because you want us to fail period.

    Conservatives will not be responsible for any failure in Iraq for one very specific reason. That is the enemy can read and counts on your support to win. If you wanted victory your support would have demoralized the enemy and our task would have been easier.

    Reality remains in the conservative’s corner. There has been no successfull terrorist attacks since 9/11. The death toll of American civilians due to terrorist action has not increased to my knowledge.

  11. Reality is that the WTC bombing occurred on February 26, 1993, less than 5 weeks into Clinton’s term. He left office on January 20, 2001. No successful foreign terrorist attacks on American soil during these remaining 7 plus years. By your line of reasoning Clinton kept us safe. Bush has a way to go yet before he can match that record.

  12. Reality is that the WTC bombing occurred on February 26, 1993, less than 5 weeks into Clinton’s term. He left office on January 20, 2001. No successful foreign terrorist attacks on American soil during these remaining 7 plus years

    Fizzi, since the first WTC attacked “DURING CLINTON’S WATCH,” why isn’t he blamed for it as well?

    As for no “successful terrorist attacks “ON AMERICAN SOIL,” that’s a red herring and you know it. By that reasoning, BUsh has kept the country safe since 9/11, something you guys wish to deny.

    However, the terrorists were busy during the 90s against American interests.

    * 1995 November 13, A bomb at U.S. military headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, kills five U.S. service personnel.

    * 1996 June: A bomb at Khobar Towers U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, kills 19 Americans and injures 500 people.

    * 1998 August 7 U.S. embassy Nairobi, Kenya * 1998 August 7 U.S. embassy Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, kill 224 people and wounding 4,500

    * October 12, 2000: A suicide bomber attack on the USS Cole in Yemen’s Aden harbor kills 17 American sailors and wounds 39 others.

    That is not including the Black Hawk Down incident in Somalia.

    Interestingly enough, a memo from this time period showed Richard Clarke, sweetheart of the left, was worried that Saddam Hussein might offer Bin Laden Asylum.

  13. Overseas attacks are your red herring and you have been caught. Re-read Kodiak’s post:

    “As far as being safer please explain why there has been no attacks in the US since 9/11.”

    I expect but will not receive an apology please. Your deception is glaring.

  14. fizzi,

    How many American civilians have been killed by foreign terrorists in the US?

    Come on if we are less safe then where are the attacks occuring? Who is covering this up MSM, Dems?, Reps? Where is the coverage??

    You do not deserve an apology.

    Gota go I heard that the cow have come home.

  15. Thank you R_equals_BS. The right can always win an argument so long as they can change the rules and make up their own facts. When I say deception, I do mean deception.

  16. Fizziwigg, you are being unfair to Lew. I don’t think it is deception. He just doesn’t read the previous posts or think before he imparts his wisdoem

  17. Thank you R_equals_BS. The right can always win an argument so long as they can change the rules and make up their own facts. When I say deception, I do mean deception.

    Fizzi, I’m not so sure lew is so emotionally invested in his position that he’d use any means necessary to “win” an argument. I do think that often his mind is already made up and thus prohibits himself from being part of a discussion, which is unfortunate.

    Facts and truth, many a time are subjective, and can at the same time be both proof for your argument and a misnomer.

    What bothers me, is that Victoria makes this post without verifying the facts at all. It’s her blog, and she can do what she wants, but I assume she has some “journalistic” background, enough at least to verify “factual” stories she posts.

    Granted, I get the motivation behind the post. It is an amazing picture, and it should be no surprise that our troops are the most skilled and valiant in the world.

    I’m sad to see that this topic slid so fast into a b.s. political finger pointing flame session, when the idea as I read it, was to heap some praise upon our serving men and women.

    Good on them! No matter the political position you take, if you agree or disagree with the job in which they are tasked, you should be proud of your fellow serving countrymen and women every day. I know I am. They do a tough job, rather they agree with it or not, to the best of their ability which alone is worth the honor.

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