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Vermont troops assist birth of Afghan baby on rescue airplane

Vermont troops help an Afghan mother and her family off a US Air Force jet in Germany. U.S. Air Force photo

Medical support personnel from the 86th Medical Group of the Vermont National Guard helped an Afghan mother safely give birth to her baby while on a US Air Force jet fleeing the catastrophe in Afghanistan, according to an August 23 Vermont National Guard Facebook post.

A U.S. Air Force photo shows the Vermont troops helping the woman and family off a U.S. Air Force C-17, call sign Reach 828, moments after she delivered a child aboard the aircraft upon landing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21.

During an evacuation flight from an Intermediate Staging Base in the Middle East, the mother went into labor and began experiencing complications due to low blood pressure. The aircraft commander made the decision to descend in altitude to increase air pressure in the aircraft, which helped stabilize and save the mother’s life.

Upon landing, Airmen from the 86th MDG came aboard and delivered the child in the cargo bay of the aircraft. The baby girl and mother were transported to a nearby medical facility and are in good condition.

The Task Force Avalanche soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry (Mountain) of the Vermont National Guard (see above in Afghanistan) have returned to Vermont.

Afghan airport troops return – Meanwhile, troops stationed at the Kabul Airport have returned, an August 30 Vermont National Guard Facebook post says:

“All Task Force Avalanche Soldiers have returned safely from HKIA, Afghanistan. The work that these mountain soldiers have done to assist in this generational event is nothing short of amazing. We couldn’t be more proud of their efforts and accomplishments. Please keep in mind the families of the service members who were wounded and made the ultimate sacrifice to help others who could not help themselves in this operation. This is only the conclusion of one part of TF Avalanche’s mission as we still continue to support the reception of evacuees and our other assigned missions.”

All Vermont Army National Guard soldiers returned safe and sound, none were wounded, National Guard officials confirmed today.

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