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Aviation: AAR And Supreme Group Crashes In Afghanistan, Seven Contractors Killed

There have been two crashes within the last month or so that have resulted in seven contractors killed. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the fallen, and thanks to Ms Sparky for getting the word out about these deaths and horrible accidents. It is another reminder of contractor sacrifice in this war, and our guys in the sky are definitely paying a price.

One thing I wanted to mention in regards to these accidents is that the Taliban are very quick to claim responsibility for these crashes, as if they shot them down. That might be possible, but it behooves the companies and NATO/ISAF to quickly dispel this propaganda if this is not true. I know there must be an investigation to get the facts correct, but that has to be weighed against any benefit that the Taliban might get out of such a thing.

It also shows how important it is that air crews and pilots of these contractor aircraft have some means of protection if they go down in enemy territory. These individuals were killed in both of these incidents, but for those crashes where there are survivors, then contractors must have the means to hold off any enemy attempts at taking them until a rescue comes. I do not know if AAR or Supreme Group have policies that allow their air crews and pilots to be armed, but I highly suggest they do if that is not the case.

The reason why a company should care about such things is that the Taliban will certainly juice every bit of propaganda value out of detained contractor pilots and air crews. Especially if they are Americans. Hell, I could see them taking those captives all the way to Pakistan. So a company should ask themselves if they want that kind of attention, and especially if you did not have policies that allowed your guys to be armed. Or at least ensure an armed security specialist is on your aircraft.

Not only that, but a company should be fully interested in the safety and security of their crews and pilots. You invest millions into the maintenance of your aircraft so it does not crash, and you should also ask how much is invested in your other highly prized assets– your pilots and air crews. From medical training and survival training, to giving them weapons/radios/survival kits, there should be some investment in the safety and security of your people. –Matt


Four Tajiks killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan
Feb 12, 2012
A helicopter used by a civilian company contracted to NATO crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing all four Tajik crew members, officials said Sunday.
The crash was due to a technical malfunction, said Mohammad Jan Rasolyar, the deputy governor of Zabul province, where the crash took place.
But the Taliban in an online statement claimed its fighters had shot down the helicopter.
The Russian-made EY-106 helicopter belonged to the global logistic company Supreme Group, which provides services for the international troops stationed in the war torn country.
The company in a statement said that four crew members of the helicopter who were killed in the Saturday crash were Tajik nationals.
The helicopter was transporting food and water, it said.
‘Investigations as to the cause of the crash are ongoing but no other parties appear to have been involved in the incident,’ the company said.
Last month, a NATO helicopter crashed in the southern province of Helmand, killing six foreign soldiers.
Story here.

AAR Airlift Reports Helicopter Accident in Afghanistan
January 16, 2012
AAR Airlift, an operating unit of Chicago based AAR CORP. reports that a helicopter carrying a crew of three employees was involved in an accident in Helmand Province, Afghanistan at approximately 10:45 a.m., local time, January 16, while conducting operations for the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Arizona: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Plans To Raise An Armed Posse To Fight Illegal Immigration

    If you live in Arizona and want to be a member of this new posse, I have included some information below so you can contact this sheriff office and join. I have no idea if they will take folks from out of state, or even out of country, and you will have to ask them.

     The key part to this that I really like, is the fact that it is armed and legally backed up by this department.  I think this is a much needed move given the current state of things along the border. Check it out and if anyone has anything else to add, feel free to do so in the comments section. –Matt


Sheriff Plans to Build Armed Posse to Fight Illegal Immigration

15 Sep 2010

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he’s still planning to build an armed volunteer posse to fight illegal immigration.

Currently, unarmed volunteers help Arpaio with his immigration sweeps and crackdowns.

But soon, Arpaio plans to build a volunteer posse that will be armed with weapons and gear.

Their main job will be to enforce immigration and smuggling laws.


Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Posse Program 602-876-1778

Link to story here.




 September 15, 2010

Sheriff Arpaio in planning stages for armed volunteer posse Illegal Immigration Enforcement Unit

 (Maricopa County, AZ) Sheriff Joe Arpaio reports that his deputies last night arrested

another 23 illegal aliens in the act of being smuggled through Maricopa County. Last

night’s arrest brings the week’s total to 35 illegal aliens arrested while engaging in

human smuggling.

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