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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

SOUTHCOM joins search for missing Air France flight

U.S. Southern Command offered to help in the search and once the Brazilian officials accepted that offer, a Navy P-3C Orion was sent to help.

The maritime patrol aircraft and 21 crewmembers left their forward operating location in Comalapa Air Base, El Salvador, where they were supporting regional illicit trafficking detection and reporting operations.

They arrived in Brazil today and will work search for Air France Flight 447 from Augusto Severo Airfield in Natal, Brazil.

The command also directed a combat rescue officer from Joint Task Force-Bravo, located at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, to Recife, Brazil, where he will assist the Brazilian Rescue Coordination Center with the coordination of rescue assets.

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As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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