The baby girl born onboard the U.S. aircraft during the evacuation from Afghanistan was named after the call sign of the aircraft. It was announced Wednesday, August 25, by U.S. Air Force General Todd Walters, who oversees the European Command of the United States Armed Forces (EUCOM).
He said the military spoke with the parents of the baby girl who was born aboard the C-17.
“They named the little girl Rich. And they did it because the call sign of the C-17 that took them from Qatar to Ramstein was Rich,” CNN quoted the general as saying.
The U.S. Air Force Command said on Twitter Aug. 22 that the woman developed complications while in labor, and the aircraft commander lowered altitude to increase air pressure on board. This helped stabilize the situation and saved the mother’s life. The baby girl was born in the cargo hold, a few minutes after landing.
The mother and the newborn were taken to a military hospital in Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate.
Earlier Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Washington intends to continue to evacuate U.S. citizens even after the Aug. 31 deadline for U.S. military withdrawal. He added that so far the United States had evacuated 4,500 of the 6,000 people who had expressed a desire to leave Afghan territory. Nevertheless, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby emphasized that as the 31st date approached, Washington would give priority to the withdrawal of U.S. soldiers and military equipment.