Mogadishu, Somalia 1992: Operation Restore Hope
I was just looking at a great build by Ramon Lomeli of an AH-6J from Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia in 1993 (https://imodeler.com/2019/08/barber-51-kitty-hawks-ah-6j-operation-gothic-serpent-mogadishu-1993/) It really brought back some memories. I spent several months in Mogadishu in 1992 in support of Operation Restore Hope. At the time, I was a planner with a unit that would go to major operations and provide command and control for airlift operations. We arrived in Mogadishu the day after the airport was made secure and then set up operations in what was left of the American Embassy, located about 6 kilometers from the airfield. The Army, Marines, Canadians, the CIA, and a bunch of other units all had their headquarters at the embassy. We spent several months there living in tents, dodging snipers, snakes, and hand grenades. After my time there I decided to retire. The attached pictures show the airlift ops, some of the armor there, some pics of the embassy and airport, some remnants of the Somali Air Force, some R & R in Kenya, and even a picture of George HW Bush when he visited. I hope they give you some ideas for models.
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