Multi-national aid delivered to Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- As relief continues to pour into Haiti after a devastating earthquake, aid packages being delivered by one military organization truly reflects the multi-national effort to assist the people of the stricken island nation.
The Netherlands Air Force Master Sgt. Marcel Boeija, a loadmaster with the Heavy Airlift Wing, Papa Air Base, Hungary, reconfigures a C-17 transport aircraft on Jan. 20 to load aid materials and equipment bound for Haiti.  The aircraft and its multi-national aircrew were preparing for a second mission from Orebro, Sweden. The crew had previously delivered 15 pallets of material to construct a headquarters for aid workers at the Port-au-Prince, Haiti airport on Jan. 18. in response to the massive earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12. This is the first humanitarian assistance operation flown by the Heavy Airlift Wing since it stood up in July 2009.  The wing is a multi-national force made up of Airmen from 12 nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael T. McCool)
4 photos: The Netherlands Air Force Master Sgt. Marcel Boeija, a loadmaster with the Heavy Airlift Wing, Papa Air Base, Hungary, reconfigures a C-17 transport aircraft on Jan. 20 to load aid materials and equip
Photo 1 of 4: The Netherlands Air Force Master Sgt. Marcel Boeija, a loadmaster with the Heavy Airlift Wing, Papa Air Base, Hungary, reconfigures a C-17 transport aircraft on Jan. 20 to load aid materials and equipment bound for Haiti. The aircraft and its multi-national aircrew were preparing for a second mission from Orebro, Sweden. The crew had previously delivered 15 pallets of material to construct a headquarters for aid workers at the Port-au-Prince, Haiti airport on Jan. 18. in response to the massive earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12. This is the first humanitarian assistance operation flown by the Heavy Airlift Wing since it stood up in July 2009. The wing is a multi-national force made up of Airmen from 12 nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael T. McCool) Download full-resolution version
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Airmen already present on the ground at Port-au-Prince's main airport help a multi-national aircrew flying out of the Heavy Airlift Wing, Papa Air Base, Hungary, unload a C-17 transport aircraft Jan. 18.  The C-17 delivered 15 pallets of material to construct a headquarters for aid workers at the airport. Port-au-Prince is the capital of Haiti, the island nation hit by a massive earthquake Jan. 12. This is the first humanitarian assistance operation flown by the Heavy Airlift Wing since it stood up in July 2009.  The wing is a multi-national force made up of Airmen from 12 nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richelle Morey)
4 photos: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Airmen already present on the ground at Port-au-Prince's main airport help a multi-national aircrew flying out of the Heavy Airlift Wing, Papa Air Base, Hungary, unlo
Photo 2 of 4: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Airmen already present on the ground at Port-au-Prince's main airport help a multi-national aircrew flying out of the Heavy Airlift Wing, Papa Air Base, Hungary, unload a C-17 transport aircraft Jan. 18. The C-17 delivered 15 pallets of material to construct a headquarters for aid workers at the airport. Port-au-Prince is the capital of Haiti, the island nation hit by a massive earthquake Jan. 12. This is the first humanitarian assistance operation flown by the Heavy Airlift Wing since it stood up in July 2009. The wing is a multi-national force made up of Airmen from 12 nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richelle Morey) Download full-resolution version
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Norwegian Air Force 1st Lt. Jan Barre Prestbakmo, a loadmaster for the Heavy Airlift Wing out of Papa Air Base, Hungary, gives directions to the pilot as his C-17 transport aircraft backs up in preparation for takeoff from the main airport at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 18.  The aircraft and multi-national aircrew had just delivered 15 pallets of material to construct a headquarters for aid workers at the airport. The air relief is being delivered in response to a massive earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12. This is the first humanitarian assistance operation flown by the Heavy Airlift Wing since it stood up in July 2009.  The wing is a multi-national force made up of Airmen from 12 nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richelle Morey)
4 photos: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Norwegian Air Force 1st Lt. Jan Barre Prestbakmo, a loadmaster for the Heavy Airlift Wing out of Papa Air Base, Hungary, gives directions to the pilot as his C-17 transpo
Photo 3 of 4: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Norwegian Air Force 1st Lt. Jan Barre Prestbakmo, a loadmaster for the Heavy Airlift Wing out of Papa Air Base, Hungary, gives directions to the pilot as his C-17 transport aircraft backs up in preparation for takeoff from the main airport at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 18. The aircraft and multi-national aircrew had just delivered 15 pallets of material to construct a headquarters for aid workers at the airport. The air relief is being delivered in response to a massive earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12. This is the first humanitarian assistance operation flown by the Heavy Airlift Wing since it stood up in July 2009. The wing is a multi-national force made up of Airmen from 12 nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richelle Morey) Download full-resolution version
A multi-national aircrew from the Heavy Airlift Wing out of Papa Air Base, Hungary, loads a C-17 transport aircraft with aid supplies and equipment coming out of Orebro, Sweden, for its second mission to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The first load of materials was delivered by the aircraft and its aircrew Jan. 18 to Port-au-Princees main airport. The air relief is being delivered in response to a massive earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12. This is the first humanitarian assistance operation flown by the Heavy Airlift Wing since it stood up in July 2009.  The wing is a multi-national force made up of Airmen from 12 nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael T. McCool)
4 photos: A multi-national aircrew from the Heavy Airlift Wing out of Papa Air Base, Hungary, loads a C-17 transport aircraft with aid supplies and equipment coming out of Orebro, Sweden, for its second mission
Photo 4 of 4: A multi-national aircrew from the Heavy Airlift Wing out of Papa Air Base, Hungary, loads a C-17 transport aircraft with aid supplies and equipment coming out of Orebro, Sweden, for its second mission to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The first load of materials was delivered by the aircraft and its aircrew Jan. 18 to Port-au-Princees main airport. The air relief is being delivered in response to a massive earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12. This is the first humanitarian assistance operation flown by the Heavy Airlift Wing since it stood up in July 2009. The wing is a multi-national force made up of Airmen from 12 nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael T. McCool) Download full-resolution version
The Netherlands Air Force Master Sgt. Marcel Boeija, a loadmaster with the Heavy Airlift Wing, Papa Air Base, Hungary, reconfigures a C-17 transport aircraft on Jan. 20 to load aid materials and equipment bound for Haiti.  The aircraft and its multi-national aircrew were preparing for a second mission from Orebro, Sweden. The crew had previously delivered 15 pallets of material to construct a headquarters for aid workers at the Port-au-Prince, Haiti airport on Jan. 18. in response to the massive earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12. This is the first humanitarian assistance operation flown by the Heavy Airlift Wing since it stood up in July 2009.  The wing is a multi-national force made up of Airmen from 12 nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael T. McCool)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Airmen already present on the ground at Port-au-Prince's main airport help a multi-national aircrew flying out of the Heavy Airlift Wing, Papa Air Base, Hungary, unload a C-17 transport aircraft Jan. 18.  The C-17 delivered 15 pallets of material to construct a headquarters for aid workers at the airport. Port-au-Prince is the capital of Haiti, the island nation hit by a massive earthquake Jan. 12. This is the first humanitarian assistance operation flown by the Heavy Airlift Wing since it stood up in July 2009.  The wing is a multi-national force made up of Airmen from 12 nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richelle Morey)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Norwegian Air Force 1st Lt. Jan Barre Prestbakmo, a loadmaster for the Heavy Airlift Wing out of Papa Air Base, Hungary, gives directions to the pilot as his C-17 transport aircraft backs up in preparation for takeoff from the main airport at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 18.  The aircraft and multi-national aircrew had just delivered 15 pallets of material to construct a headquarters for aid workers at the airport. The air relief is being delivered in response to a massive earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12. This is the first humanitarian assistance operation flown by the Heavy Airlift Wing since it stood up in July 2009.  The wing is a multi-national force made up of Airmen from 12 nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richelle Morey)
A multi-national aircrew from the Heavy Airlift Wing out of Papa Air Base, Hungary, loads a C-17 transport aircraft with aid supplies and equipment coming out of Orebro, Sweden, for its second mission to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The first load of materials was delivered by the aircraft and its aircrew Jan. 18 to Port-au-Princees main airport. The air relief is being delivered in response to a massive earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12. This is the first humanitarian assistance operation flown by the Heavy Airlift Wing since it stood up in July 2009.  The wing is a multi-national force made up of Airmen from 12 nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael T. McCool)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — As relief continues to pour into Haiti after a devastating earthquake, aid packages being delivered by one military organization truly reflects the multi-national effort to assist the people of the stricken island nation.

A load of aid equipment and supplies was delivered to the Port-au-Prince airport by the Heavy Airlift Wing, a multi-national endeavor, based at Pa'pa Air Base, Hungary. This first load of aid relief, delivered on Jan. 18, was organized by Sweden; flown by a multi-national aircrew from America, Sweden, Romania, Norway and Poland; and delivered equipment and aid workers from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Estonia. The wing delivered a second load of aid relief Jan. 21.

"This is our very first humanitarian mission to execute," said Swedish Air Force Maj. Erik Lindstrom, chief of intelligence for the wing. "The first delivery was aid workers, equipment and supplies for an aid headquarters center, and this second delivery is logistical supplies for the headquarters center and its staff."

"This is actually what it's all about," said Swedish Air Force Col. Fredrik Heden, the wing's vice commander. "Through the effort and cooperation among the 12 Strategic Airlift Capability nations, we are able to contribute faster and more effectively than would have been the case if each nation should act by themselves."

The second mission transited Lajes Air Field, the Azores, en route to Haiti. "We'll be running at full speed until all the support equipment is there," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Leonard Kosinski, commander of the wing's Heavy Airlift Squadron. "We are all working and living together, and it's been amazing to see our team coming together on this," Kosinski said.

"Air mission planners and aircrew members are all committed to delivering as much aid and relief to the Haitian people as possible," Lindstrom said. "For those in desperate need, we know there is no such thing as fast enough. We are taking this step-by-step, but we are moving as fast as we can."

The wing operates three C-17 cargo aircraft and includes North Atlantic Treaty Organization member nations Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the U.S., as well as Partnership for Peace nations Finland and Sweden.

The wing activated July 27, 2009, and each of the participating nations committed to a 30-year Strategic Airlift Capability program to collectively solve global heavy airlift issues and meet obligations to the European Union, United Nations and NATO. Since its activation, the wing has flown missions in support of operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Iraq.

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