Academic journal article Military Review

Disaster on Green Ramp: The Army's Response

Academic journal article Military Review

Disaster on Green Ramp: The Army's Response

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DISASTER ON GREEN RAMP: The Army's Response by Mary Ellen Condon-Rail. 145 pages. Center of Military History, Washington, DC. (Available from the Superintendent of Documents, US Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.) 1996. $8.OO. If ever a book was destined for use throughout the military, this is it. Mary Ellen Condon-Rall has produced a book that will become standard fare for precommand and command sergeant major courses, family support groups (FSGs), garrison planning and unit readiness.

At 2:10 p.m., 23 March 1994, a disabled Air Force F-16 crashed into the "Green Ramp" at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, slamming into a fully fueled C-141. The resulting fireball engulfed Army paratroopers preparing for the day's training missions. Within minutes, 130 soldiers were suffering from burns and other injuries; 11 died before reaching Womack Army Medical Center at nearby Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Amid the tragedy were examples of great courage, appropriate contingency planning and superb crisis management. There were also shortfalls, some vital and some minor, that caused introspection and planning improvements. This book describes how units, health care facilities, garrisons and civilian communities worked together to deal with the disaster. This gripping account holds the reader's attention from the first paragraph to the last. …

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