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Thursday, January 21, 2010

URGENT: More Help Needed

Thanks for the overwhelming support on our last call for help. All needs were taken care of by state side members of Team Rubicon.

This one is a bit tougher.

I got my first call from Jake today. He said "..Where is Bravo?!!" in a Marine sort of way. Bravo is a relief and resupply team rallying in Fayetteville, NC near Ft Bragg. I told him the arrangements we had just fallen through, the original flight is not able to depart until next Wednesday!

Jake: "We need them now!!" Please help!!

Anyone who has any connections with airlines please see if they can arrange some sort of deal for 12-15 doctors, medics and other rapid deploying personnel.

They will have a lot of baggage and we would like to avoid fees. Bravo Team is leaving Fayetteville, NC (or close to it) to Dominican Republic (PaP is a mess!) sometime after 3:30 PM EST on Friday. We have the funds to pay, but we need the arrangements.

I suggest coordinating in the comments section of this.

62 comments:

  1. Do you have any more specifics? Are you trying to get them down there tonight? What part fell through? The prices? We are seeing what we can do.

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  2. Friday, tomorrow.
    Right now we have more money than time to get the support there.

    A charity had told Gary they had a charter that they could take the team down Saturday morning. They just called and said next Wednesday was best they could do!

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  3. Im not sure if any of you down there in NC have any contacts within Hendrick Motorsports, but the other night I noticed a Hendrick Motorsports in a news broadcast flying relief workers to Haiti. May be worth a try.

    http://www.hendrickmotorsports.com/hms_contact.asp

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/blog/from_the_marbles/post/Hendrick-Motorsports-deserves-high-praise-for-Ha?urn=nascar,214482

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  4. Just talked to our regional charter hub here in Madison. She's going to call around down there and see if we can find an option for you guys.

    Please let me know if I should stop or keep plugging away.

    Laters,
    Mark

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  5. Go Mark, you did a great job with the shirts

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  6. Mark, God bless ya, guy. Your son has one heck of a terrific example for how to live his life. He is blessed.

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  7. I've emailed a Marine blogger who is also a pilot for American Airlines. Hopefully he will get back to me. Will also use another Marine contact to CALL this milblogger/pilot to see what he can do.

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  8. all I can work for you is a charter company out of Ft. Lauderdale. They're running flights into Santo Domingo. it's 18,500 from ft. lauderdale. obviously I don't know your budget, he said he can pick everyone up in fayeteville, but he's running the numbers for me as I type. Do we have a max budget?

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  9. From Fayetteville to santo domingo it's $31,225. He can fly everyone down tomorrow. Sounds pricey to me, but this is the best I can come up with. My other connections are either currently serving in Iraq or don't have aircraft large enough. Hope this helps. If not, keep plugging away! Great work you all are doing!

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  10. Kevin (a very good family friend of ours) is actually walking into 21st Tactical to find out if they know anything.

    Funny how small this world is.

    Laters,
    Mark

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  11. Lindsey,
    Gulp! Stand by though, lets see what the rest of the stateside Team Rubicon can come up with.

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  12. The response I got:

    AA is running charters down there, but I think your best bet is to contact VMGR 252 in Cherry Point.

    He gave me the squadron duty officer's number if you want it. Can drop it in email.

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  13. @Jeff
    Which charity had to cancel? I'm looking into charity flights.
    Jen

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  14. mark, I's rather not say, but they fly a DC-3!!Yikes!

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  15. @Jeff
    Have you tried http://www.airlifthaiti.org/ I read about them on BigHollywood.com. they have a contact link for humanitarian aid agents that need flights to Haiti.

    Jen posting here Mark is waiting on a call from Wisconsin Aviation

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  16. I work in the aviation fuel industry. I am asking around also.

    Cyndy

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  17. Mark, I had sent that info about www.airlifthaiti to Jeff the other night after I read the article, but figured flight arrangements had been made...

    Have contacted the NC Methodist Conference Disaster group MERCI (warehouse in Goldsboro) with whom I have volunteered in the past. Gave the blog URL to them, and asked if they were using the AirForce to send their stuff down. They're working through USAID, Compassion Alliance (need to find their blog/info) and another org.-but most of their containers are going via sea.

    My contact says that they have a Military Civil Affairs person who is on the ground in PAP who is due to call/contact them today or tomorrow....I don't know if he is going to give them a different route to use or not.

    She did tell me that she will put the word out.....and said they would do what they could...if Team Rubicon has a contact in PaP (I said they did!!!) then I am thinking they may be able to designate some of their relief items to Team Rubicon......(but I figure this is not by air....I am so not military and don't understand all this.)

    What makes me mad is that you hear on TV that newsfolks and politicians are hitching rides with military transports that have room.....

    Can the second team leader use his contacts at Ft. Bragg to find a plane going down?

    Info for Jeff or anyone else on the MERCI operations:

    http://www.merciumc.org/

    (Tar Heel Native)

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  18. I just talked to Kevin again (and then called Betty back at Wisconsin Aviation). They are looking to fly 18 people, eight (8) 4w by 8h by 4d pallets of material (unknown weight), leave at 1900hrs Friday, and arrive in either PaP or Canto Domingo, DM.

    Betty is going to see if she knows anyone down there because they don't have a plane big enough in the area to assist.

    Laters,
    Mark

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  19. Sent request to friend who flies for Fedex. He sent it one level into his chain and said if Fedex can help they would contact you. Fedex currently flying relief into Haiti and Santo Domingo. No guarantees but worth a try.
    Joan

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  20. Just sent this to a skydiving center that has two Twin Otters.
    I"m hoping they might be able to help.

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  21. Just got off the phone with Betty @ Wisconsin Aviation Charter. She gave me a number for another place in Charlotte NC. I just talked to my friend Kevin down at 21st Tactical. He's going to call the place in Charlotte and see about a charter.

    Update me when you can. I've done all I can do from this end. Damn I wish I was Batman. I'd just buy a plane for these guys.

    Laters,
    Mark

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  22. here is info from Gary Bravo leader. I am buried here with other admin stuff. Lots of media
    I need a volunteer to be the main contact and co ordinator.

    From Gary:

    Cargo is an estimate right now…I know that I have at least two skids/pallets of stuff with what I have on hand right now. John Griswald (a doc, and David’s brother) is en route with a panel truck AND a 8 ft trailer 2/3 full of med supplies (to include $20K of antibiotics).



    The eight pallets is my best estimate…obviously we can and will break down the pallets (I have not built any yet…that is a common term that anyone involved in logistics will understand).



    Perhaps two smaller planes??? Half and half pax and stuff??



    Gary

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  23. I just gave Gary contact # to Compassionate Alliance in Florida. On a whim I called and talked to someone who said they might have a way to hook them up/provide transport....Gary is calling them as I type......

    I do so hope that one of these options/possibilities of one plane...2 planes....heck, 10 planes!!!!! will get this group of volunteers down there SOON!!!

    (Tar Heel Native)

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  24. Charter companies are about all I am getting. I've got a few more quotes coming in, but unfortunately nothing is free:(. Come on team! Lets get them in there!

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  25. @Lindsey -- I believe Gary & Kevin @ 21st Tactical is coordinating this now. But I may be wrong.

    I think Jeff is a little overwhelmed with media / contact information.

    Cell phone companies will probably be making a bundle off of all this.

    Laters,
    Mark

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  26. I THINK the best thing to do is call Gary Cagle (2nd Team Rubicon leader) directly...I know he was following up on the possibility of Compassionate Alliance helping out....His #, listed elsewhere on the blog, is (cell) 443-370-5432.

    It would probably help him know how many balls are in the air....he's got quite a bit of juggling to do!!

    (Tar Heel Native)

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  27. Just saw a feature on Connecticut tv (NBC-30) about a charter service that's flying relief flights into Haiti & landing on a road, not at the airport. It said they just flew a medical team down there and may be looking to fly in another one (didn't sound like they had one specifically lined up, though). The company is Tradewind Aviation out of Oxford, CT. Website: http://www.tradewindaviation.com/contact.shtml
    Phone: 800.376.7922
    Might be worth a try for someone who knows more of the details to try & contact them.

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  28. I will follow up on this one. in CT

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  29. still waiting on another quote. What's our top option now? I looked into flights and working the baggage flying on US Air/American Airlines out of Fayetteville, but they don't have enough seats and were less than willing to work with baggage weight limits.

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  30. Jen here-

    Just contacted (left message and email) airlifthaiti.org. Let you know what I hear. If I get a call back with good news who do I have them contact.

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  31. Jen again-
    No go on Air Lift Haiti. They're using a 737. $50,000 in hard cost. They are looking for corporate donations to fund air lifts to Haiti.

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  32. Did you see on main blog page about the neurosurgeons flying in from Oregon...then out of Ft. Pierce, FL on a Hendricks Motorsports plane?

    I'm so anxious to find out about the contact with Compassionate Alliance and whether they can arrange anything....

    Gary????

    Tar Heel Native

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  33. In the Hendrick article I post - Mr Hendrick loaned (and paid for) his crew and plane to Missionary Flights International... www.missionaryflights.org

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  34. Missionary Flights International looks like a good possible avenue. A schedule of when they go does not jive for Team Rubicon, but seems like it would be worth a call by Jeff or Gary. They ask for donations to help their cause. Team Rubicon has some dollars, so wonder if this is the answer?

    They also seem to partner not only with Hendricks Motorsports but also Preferred Airparts (yes, airparts) out of CT.

    Go to their website and look around...

    www.missionaryflights.org

    Tar Heel Native

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  35. Jen here-
    No answer at missionary flights. Looks like affiliated org. get first dibs. I've left messages at ultimate jet charters, miami air, and charterx.com

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  36. Jen here- Tradewind aviation is closed. No way to leave a message. Any news Anyone?

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  37. Jen here-
    I'm going to start calling in the morning looks like all these places are closed. I have a few requests in for e mail quotes. I'll try again first thing in the a.m. Sorry no good news yet.

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  38. I'm still wondering what happened with the phone conversation (I assume there was one) between Gary and the guy from Compassionate Alliance. Still keeping my fingers crossed on that possibility.

    Contacted (left email) a cousin who has a private plane, figuring he has contacts with other people who have planes and/or companies with big(er) planes than cousin has...since he is now retired. (TMI) I know......but figured he might have some really neat contacts with presidents and CEO's of companies.,...never hurts to dream.....

    Tar Heel Native

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  39. ezipkin@tradewindaviation.com
    Eric Zipkin, President
    Maybe he's on Facebook too..

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  40. I still have the plane on hold for 32,000 or if ya'll can caravan to Ft. lauderdale then fly from there it's 18,000. I really hope there's better options. It's gonna come down to time vs money as a priority if we can't get another charity to help out.

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  41. Just received email from Methodist Disaster warehouse in Goldsboro.

    They forwarded an email regarding flights from CARE take medical personnel down (From Raleigh!)for weekend volunteers.

    Maybe there is room to get our folks on this plane!

    Calling contact now

    Tar Heel Native....

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  42. Oh my gosh!! Just called the contact person and he is calling Gary now! Everybody pray that this will work!!!

    They are just starting this type volunteer weekend mission for doctors and nurses. I explained that this group is staying....not for a weekend, and joining up with the Jesuit mission.....he was still interested.....

    Pray, people, PRAY!!!

    Tar Heel Native

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  43. Guys, Dan Tarpein here, I have a friend with three planes leaving out of Pittsburgh tomorrow, he may have room. He needs all the details if anything can happen.

    My cell is 239-537-2010

    It's a long shot, but he has room on the planes.

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  44. Have a safe night everyone. Burnt out from 2 jobs and heading to bed. I'll log on tomorrow AM and see if anything is needed.

    Laters,
    Mark

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  45. I've been searching for my email contact to the organization's director, but can't find it: www.veteransairlift.org.

    I don't know if they have any planes big enough, but they probably know people who DO...

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  46. I will have an answer tomorrow morning. Mr. Wood, I will call you to update as soon as I know anything.

    Dan Tarpein

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  47. Hi all, I put in a message with a former coworker on the transportation request. Not sure what the odds are. Keep updating the comments so I know how hard to pursue this lead!

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  48. Please provide a ctc number to Team Rubicon ... might be able to help. I just tried Gary's # 443-370-5432, no answer and v-mail not set up. JB

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  49. Well I just called Gary and gave him a buddies phone #. My buddy flies a corporate King Air and they are willing to help if they can work out the logisitics! It might take a few flights or possibly additional aircraft to get this done.
    Hoping and praying this works out for all!

    dj

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  50. If anyone has connections to NetJet or the UW Athletic Department, NetJet might be an option. Their founder and (former)CEO is a UW grad and recently spoke at an athletic department fundraiser. Kenny Dichter.

    Here's the link to his speaking engagement at UW http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/buckys-backyard/spec-rel/111609aaa.html

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  51. what about one of the networks that has covered the team? would cnn help out getting them there?

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  52. A friend of mine in the aviation field pointed to the Air Care Alliance, web site
    www.aircareall.org

    I'm in the middle of a meeting right now and would not be able to pursue it for an hour, if anybody else can try

    Ken

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  53. Regarding transportation for the 2nd team, I received an email from a candidate for congress, see below.

    You'll see it mentions that they have a small plane and a charter plane. You might be able to work something out with them.

    I've included what contact info I could find. If Tyler is unavailable, try the names, Steve, Scott, or Cameron. Or, tell them that you are interested in working with them for the Haiti relief.
    Tyler Silveus
    Email: tyler.silveus@cropins.net
    Phone:800-531-9909

    Also mentioned is an organization called World Compassion Network, who are sponsoring them. There number is 574-267-5427

    I am at work right now, so my time is limited. If someone could followup with this, you might have some success.

    Email I received can be viewed here...

    http://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe9913717064017d71&m=fecc15707d640675&ls=fe2a117574650175701073&l=fec3157671610774&s=fe3510707266057e741577&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe4f13797d63027e7110&r=0

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  54. I have been pursuing the Air Care Alliance but have not gotten anything good to report. Not surprisingly, the volunteers are mostly flying small planes. The most informative phone call I had was with the director of the North Carolina Baptist Convention. They have 2 teams on the ground that have flown commercial airline to Santo Domingo and then crossed the border. They looked into a charter but their cost would have been $30,000, which is similar to the quote we've gotten from Fort Lauderdale.

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  55. I found the contact info for Marquis Jet's CEO and sent an email. We'll see if anything comes of it.

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  56. Everyone stand down unless we have talked today. We are close to a solution

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