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Marlborough Old Boy helps in quake

CPL Iain Warren, part of the Air Force’s Force Protection Team who have been based out of the Air Force’s terminal in Christchurch.
CPL Iain Warren, part of the Air Force’s Force Protection Team who have been based out of the Air Force’s terminal in Christchurch. [20110225_WN_S1015650_0025.jpg]

7 March 2011

Following the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February, the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Air Movements Terminal at Harewood has been a constant hive of activity as emergency personnel and equipment arrive, and people are evacuated from the city.

Corporal Iain Warren, a former student of Marlborough Boys’ High School has been part of the Force Protection team based out of the Harewood terminal since the earthquake.

As part of the 10-strong Force Protection team, which includes two military dog handlers based at Burnham Military Camp, CPL Warren’s role has been to maintain security around the Terminal, ensure people leaving the city have been given authority to travel by the Red Cross and that family units remain together.

Despite the long hours and sleeping in the hangar, CPL Warren says it has been a rewarding experience.  “I have met people from all around the world, and they have been so grateful,” he says.

The RNZAF have 150 aircrew and support personnel committed to the Christchurch earthquake.  There have been 10 RNZAF aircraft have been involved over the course of the operation, made up of Boeing 757s, C-130 Hercules, Kingair, Iroquois helicopters and a P3-K Orion.

To date, the C-130 Hercules and Boeing 757s have moved a total of 4278 passengers and 268894 lbs of freight (a combined total weight including passengers, freight and baggage of 674639 lbs).

In addition, two Singapore Armed Forces C-130 Hercules aircraft have been based at Whenuapai, and have carried out taskings for freight and personnel movement.  

ENDS

For more information contact Anna Sussmilch, Defence Communications Group, 021 676 338.

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