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NEWS & FEATURES BERLIN AIRLIFT Continued from page 1 salute, greeted the waiting crowd and participated in a memorial ceremony to honor 81 personnel who lost their lives in support of the airlift — 13 Germans, 32 Americans and 36 British. In the afternoon, a formation of C-47 Skytrains dropped small parachutes with candy for children, the USO hosted a 1948 Bob Hope reenactment and Australian rock band Sick Puppies performed more music for the crowd. In addition to 17 vintage C-47s, four T-6 Texans flew in formation alongside Halvorsen as he arrived. On the airfield, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, AH-64 Apache helicopter and a C-12 Huron aircraft were also on display. “This event was only possible because of the great working relationship and partnership that exists between our American community and the city of Wiesbaden,” Cloud said. For the Wiesbaden community, the celebration was a special time for people to stand on the same ground where history took place decades ago. “It’s important to know that a part of the enduring quality of this community is its history,”said Lee Carter, an English teacher at Wiesbaden High School. U.S. Army Capt. Garrett Sobalvarro attended the June 11 event with his Family and commented on the strength of the U.S and host nation’s partnership. “It’s a great show of solidarity with our host nation,” he added. “There was a lot of gratitude from the Germans for our help and our allies’ help.”

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: A C-47 Skytrain, followed by a formation of T-6 Texans, transports retired Col. Gail Halvorsen June 10 to an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift; Members of a USO Troupe 1948 Bob Hope reenactment perform; Seventeen C-47 Skytrains were on display for the 45,000 people who attended the event; Halvorsen and Mercedes Wild, who was a child in Berlin during the time of the airlift and wrote letters to him, share a moment during a memorial; and a parachuter descends onto Wiesbaden Army Airfield.

Jessica Ryan/ USAG Benelux Public Affairs

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The Herald Union is the local newspaper for the U.S. Army military community of Wiesbaden, home of Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe. It is own...

Herald Union, June 20, 2019  

The Herald Union is the local newspaper for the U.S. Army military community of Wiesbaden, home of Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe. It is own...