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Mission to Haiti

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By Katina Rankin - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WLBT) - The 172nd Airlift Wing, based in Jackson is part of the resupply and rescue mission to Haiti. The Spirit of G.V. Sonny Montgomery, a C-17 cargo plane, left Jackson earlier this week, Katina Rankin and photographer John Matthews were among those on board.

The first stop was Louisville, Kentucky where Humvees were backed onto the plane. A water buffaloes was locked into place, and pallets of food, water and medicine chained to the floor of the aircraft.

When the loadmasters are sure everything fits, the pilots and members of the Kentucky National Guard head to Port Au Prince, Haiti. They are on a mission: Operation Unified Response: Haiti Relief.

"I'm glad we could go. I'm glad that the Air National Guard, Jackson, MS unit is positioned in a place in southern Mississippi or the southern United States. Somewhere close where we can support the operation. I'm glad we could participate." said Allen Randall, 172nd Airlift Wing Aircraft Loadmaster

A couple of hours later, the plane was soaring over the Caribbean, and soon touched down at the Haiti Airport.

Kentucky soldiers unloaded and set up post to stay in Port Au Prince.

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