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USTRANSCOM, AMC leadership visit

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  • By Senior Airman Kris Levasseur
  • 43rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
U.S. Transportation Command Commander, Gen. Duncan McNabb traveled to Pope late Jan. 28 to see firsthand the hard work servicemembers here have put into Operation Unified Response. The visit was followed by a visit by Gen. Raymond Johns Jr., Air Mobility Command Commander.

While here, the generals traveled to several organizations around Pope to see their contributions and to thank the Airmen and Soldiers who worked around the clock in support of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in Haiti.

"I could not be prouder of what you all did here," said General McNabb. "Everyone has been working hard to help the people of Haiti. What you did here saved lives."

One Airman was particularly impressed with what the general had to say.

"I am very proud and grateful to be a part of this mission," said Airman 1st Class Thierry Etienne, 43rd Civil Engineer Squadron Electrician. "When the general spoke to me, I could tell that he was proud of what Team Pope was doing and that he really cared."

Airman Etienne has family in Haiti, but thankfully besides a few distant relatives, they have all been accounted for. He attributes the fact that he cannot account for his distant relatives to poor communications in the country right now.

While here, General McNabb coined many of the key personnel who have been working tirelessly to complete the mission.

He also spoke to hundreds of Airmen and Soldiers about the impact their roles had on the people of Haiti.

"What we did here at Pope was clearly historic," said Col. James Johnson. "I'm glad that General McNabb was able to come out and recognize the efforts of so many Airmen across Pope, including our 440th Airlift Wing partners and the soldiers from Ft was a great Joint and Total Force effort. This emphasized how vital each and every person is to the mission."