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Ash covers the base in the aftermath of Mount Pinatubo's eruption. The volcano, which came alive for the first time in over 600 years, forced the U.S. military to conduct Operation Fiery Vigil evacuation efforts and remove over 20,000 evacuees will be removed from Clark and Naval Station, Subic Bay

Ash covers the base in the aftermath of Mount Pinatubo's eruption. The...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: FIERY VIGIL Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Sta... More

Vehicles line an airfield in preparation for shipment as military and civlian personnel and dependents evacuate the area during Operation Fiery Vigil. The evacuation has been prompted by the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, which came to life for the first time in over 600 years. Over 20,000 evacuees are being removed from Clark and Naval Station, Subic Bay, because of the eruption

Vehicles line an airfield in preparation for shipment as military and ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: FIERY VIGIL Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Sta... More

Cynthia Dungca from Angeles City cries during the base closing ceremony. Clark and Naval Station, Subic Bay suffered extensive damage due to volcanic eruption of Mount Pinatubo and were evacuated during Operation Fiery Vigil

Cynthia Dungca from Angeles City cries during the base closing ceremon...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: FIERY VIGIL Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis, USAF Relea... More

An airman from the 3rd Civil Engineering Squadron uses a front-end loader to clear volcanic ash from the streets of a family housing area. The ash fell on the base during the eruption of Mount Pinatubo

An airman from the 3rd Civil Engineering Squadron uses a front-end loa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines(PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... More

Haitian refugees go about their daily routine at the Camp McCalla tent facilities on the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. More than 14,000 refugees attempted to reach the United States by boat and were picked up by the Coast Guard in international waters and transported to the base at Guantanamo Bay. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Haitian refugees go about their daily routine at the Camp McCalla tent...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Rwandan refugees, mother and child eat beans from bowls, in the Kibumba refugee camp. They joined over 1.2 million other refugees who fled into the refugee camps after civil war erupted in their country

Rwandan refugees, mother and child eat beans from bowls, in the Kibumb...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Rwandans refugees enter Goma after a civil war erupted in their country. In need for food and water at the camps, the US military flew in vital water purification equipment and relief cargos to help the Rwandans. An estiamted 2000 refugees die daily because of cholera epidemic. The situation is improving as fresh water provided by US military teams reach the camps that house up to 1.2 million refugees

Rwandans refugees enter Goma after a civil war erupted in their countr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A Rwandan refugee with a cluster of bananas on his head

A Rwandan refugee with a cluster of bananas on his head

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A soldier observe US military cargo off-loading operations at the Goma Airport

A soldier observe US military cargo off-loading operations at the Goma...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A Air Mobility Command C-141 Starlifter assigned to the 452nd Air Mobility Wing (AFRES), March AFB, California at the Goma Airport provides a backdrop for a group of refugees who fled in vital water purification equipment and relief cargoes to assist in the humanitarian effort

A Air Mobility Command C-141 Starlifter assigned to the 452nd Air Mobi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

LT. COL. Roger Edwards, Commander of the 314th TALCE, Little Rock AFB, Ark, brief newly arrived troops about their mission. Their mission is to assist refugees who entered Zaire in a massive surge to flee the civil war in Rwanda. The US military flew in vital water purification equipment and relief cargos to help the Rwandans. An estimated 2000 refugees die daily because of the cholera epidemic. The situation is steadly improving as fresh water provided by US military teams increasingly reach the camps that house up to 1.2 million refugees

LT. COL. Roger Edwards, Commander of the 314th TALCE, Little Rock AFB,...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A C-130 Hercules from the 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), Alconbury, England arrive at the Goma Airport to delivery cargos. A soldier on a four-wheeled motorcycle is in the foreground

A C-130 Hercules from the 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), Alcon...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Mesquito netting surrounds a cot as US military personnel had to sleep outdoors due to lack of space at the start of the operation

Mesquito netting surrounds a cot as US military personnel had to sleep...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

PFC Robert Luis from the Headquarters Company First Brigade, Fort Drum, New York, communicates on a Tactical Satellite (TACSET) set up on the flightline during Operation Restore Democracy at Port-au-Prince, Haiti. PFC Luis is wearing a flack vest and an M-85 Kevlar-lined helmet. A UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter lifts supplies in the background

PFC Robert Luis from the Headquarters Company First Brigade, Fort Drum...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

A crowd of supporters and news media is gathered on the lawn of the National Palace in Port au Prince for the inaugration ceremony of Jean-Bertrand Aristead. Aristead has been restored to power during Operation Uphold Democracy and Operation Restore Democracy

A crowd of supporters and news media is gathered on the lawn of the Na...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

Volunteers working with the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing's medical civic action program (MEDCAP) team fill prescriptions at the Santa Rosa School. The school is being used as a clinic for more than 1,300 evacuees who have fled the mudslides and flooding caused by heavy rains that fell following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo

Volunteers working with the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing's medical civic ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Florida Blanca Country: Philippines Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital P... More

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Frank Wisner receives the United States flag during the base closing ceremony. The closing is taking place in the aftermath of Mount Pinatubo's eruption, which caused extensive damage to both Clark and Naval Station, Subic Bay, and forced their evacuation during Operation Fiery Vigil

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Frank Wisner receives the United St...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: FIERY VIGIL Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Sta... More

Volcanic ash fills the sky around Mount Pinatubo during its eruption

Volcanic ash fills the sky around Mount Pinatubo during its eruption

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Philippines(PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Volcanic ash fills the sky around Mount Pinatubo during its eruption

Volcanic ash fills the sky around Mount Pinatubo during its eruption

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Philippines(PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A United States Coast Guard cutter, that intercepted and transported the Haitian refugees who fled the turmoil in their country, in the port at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. More than 14,000 refugees attempted to reach the United States by boat and were picked up by the Coast Guard in international waters and transported to the base at Guantanamo Bay. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A United States Coast Guard cutter, that intercepted and transported t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Rwandan mother gives her child a drink of water. Rwandan refugees entered Goma after a civil war erupted in their country. In need of food and water at the camps, the US military flew in vital water purification equipment and relief cargos to help

A Rwandan mother gives her child a drink of water. Rwandan refugees en...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A Rwandan mother feeds her child. Rwandan refugees entered Goma after a civil war erupted in their country. In need of food and water at the camps, the US military flew in vital water purification equipment and relief cargos to help

A Rwandan mother feeds her child. Rwandan refugees entered Goma after ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A couple of Rwandan children wait hopefully for relief goods after a C-141 Starlifter from the 452nd Avionics Maintenance Wing (AMW) Air Force Reserve (AFRES), March AFB, Calif., has been unloaded

A couple of Rwandan children wait hopefully for relief goods after a C...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Close-up of an Rwandan refugee - U.S. National Archives Public Domain photograph

Close-up of an Rwandan refugee - U.S. National Archives Public Domain ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Aerial shot of Port au Prince International Airport during Operation Uphold Democracy. U.S. military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and to restore the democratic government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Aerial shot of Port au Prince International Airport during Operation U...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: RESTORE DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Re... More

Aerial View of the ramp at Port-au-Prince International Airport, Haiti during Operation Phoenix Shark. A C-5 Galaxy, along with other planes, equipment and troops, are on the ramp. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Aerial View of the ramp at Port-au-Prince International Airport, Haiti...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: PHOENIX SHARK Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Releas... More

A C-5 Galaxy aircraft sits on the ramp at Port Au Prince International Airport, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) is to the right. U.S. military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and restore the democratic government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide

A C-5 Galaxy aircraft sits on the ramp at Port Au Prince International...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

U.S. Army personnel wait on the tarmac near the terminal on their arrival at Port au Prince International Airport, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. U.S. military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and restore the democratic government of President Aristide

U.S. Army personnel wait on the tarmac near the terminal on their arri...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

Haitians crowd the palace gate to show their support for President Jean-Bertrand Aristide during his inauguration at the National Palace at Port au Prince, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. Thousands of people gathered outside the palace gate to cheer the return of their leader

Haitians crowd the palace gate to show their support for President Jea...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

Airmen from the 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron work on an MJ-1 weapons loader that was rendered inoperative by the volcanic ash that fell during the eruption of Mount Pinatubo

Airmen from the 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron work on an MJ-1 wea...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines(PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... More

A1C Donald L. Thomas, an aerospace ground equipment specialist with the 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron, works at a table outside of a collapsed hangar. The hangar collapsed under the weight of the volcanic ash that fell during the eruption of Mount Pinatubo

A1C Donald L. Thomas, an aerospace ground equipment specialist with th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines(PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... More

Filipinos walk along Friendship Bridge to Clark Air Base. The bridge was partially washed away by mud flows that resulted from the heavy rains that hit the area after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo

Filipinos walk along Friendship Bridge to Clark Air Base. The bridge w...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines(PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... More

Airmen from the 1369th Audiovisual Flight carry sand bags down to a low-lying area to protect against flooding as the rainy season begins after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo

Airmen from the 1369th Audiovisual Flight carry sand bags down to a lo...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines(PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... More

A massive number of Rwandan refugees at the Kitali refugee camp. They are part of the 1.2 million refugees who fled after civil war erupted in their country

A massive number of Rwandan refugees at the Kitali refugee camp. They ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Secretary of Defense William Perry and Brig. GEN. Jack Nix visit the refugee camps at Goma

Secretary of Defense William Perry and Brig. GEN. Jack Nix visit the r...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A French soldier provides security at the Goma Airport

A French soldier provides security at the Goma Airport

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

MAJ. Jeffrey Richenberger, a C-141 Starlifter pilot, from the 452nd Avionics Maintenance Wing (AMW), Air Force Reserve (AFRES), March AFB, Calif

MAJ. Jeffrey Richenberger, a C-141 Starlifter pilot, from the 452nd Av...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A Air Mobility Command C-141 Starlifter assigned to the 452nd Air Mobility Wing (AFRES), March AFB, California at the Goma Airport provides a backdrop for a group of refugees who fled the civil war in Rwanda. The U.S. military flew in vital water purification equipment and relief cargoes to assist in the humanitarian effort

A Air Mobility Command C-141 Starlifter assigned to the 452nd Air Mobi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A Russian IL-76 transport after arrival at Goma Airport with relief supplies for the Rwandan refugees

A Russian IL-76 transport after arrival at Goma Airport with relief su...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Rwandan refugees enter Goma after a civil war erupted in their country

Rwandan refugees enter Goma after a civil war erupted in their country

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A Russian cargo aircraft arrive at Goma Airport to deliver relief goods to the Rwandan refugees

A Russian cargo aircraft arrive at Goma Airport to deliver relief good...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A US military forklift and truck pass by Rwandans who have come to Goma to escape the civil war that has erupted in their country

A US military forklift and truck pass by Rwandans who have come to Gom...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Rwandan refugees try to find some personal space among the thousands of their countrymen at the Kitali refugee camp. They are part of the1.2 million refugees who fled after civil war erupted in their country

Rwandan refugees try to find some personal space among the thousands o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Many military personnel are at work in the Joint Operation Center (JOC) during Operation Uphold Democracy at Port au Prince, Haiti. U.S. military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and to restore the democratic government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Many military personnel are at work in the Joint Operation Center (JOC...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: RESTORE DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Re... More

Shot of a water test kit - U.S. National Archives Public Domain photograph

Shot of a water test kit - U.S. National Archives Public Domain photog...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Kigali Airport Country: Russia (RUS) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to P... More

U.S. Army personnel, who have just arrived, march down the taxiway at Port au Prince International Airport, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. U.S. military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and restore the democratic government of President Aristide

U.S. Army personnel, who have just arrived, march down the taxiway at ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

Soldiers sit atop High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) at the Port au Prince International Airport as they prepare to depart. U.S. military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and to restore the democratic government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide during Operation Uphold Democracy

Soldiers sit atop High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

Filipino workers clear volcanic ash from a drainage ditch in anticipation of the upcoming rainy season. The ash was deposited during the eruption of Mount Pinatubo

Filipino workers clear volcanic ash from a drainage ditch in anticipat...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines(PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... More

Clouds of ash pour from Mount Pinatubo as the volcano comes to life for the first time in over 600 years. Mount Pinatubo is forcing the U.S. military to conduct Operation Fiery Vigil evacuation efforts during which over 20,000 evacuees will be removed from Clark Air Base, foreground, and Naval Station, Subic Bay

Clouds of ash pour from Mount Pinatubo as the volcano comes to life fo...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: FIERY VIGIL Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Sta... More

Dr. Christopher Newhall of the U.S. Geological Survey joins Art Daag and Bellia Tubianosa of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology as the three gather rock and soil samples from Mount Pinatubo in the aftermath of its eruption. The volcano, which came alive for the first time in over 600 years, forced the U.S. military to conduct Operation Fiery Vigil evacuation efforts during which over 20,000 evacuees will be removed from Clark Air Base, foreground, and Naval Station, Subic Bay

Dr. Christopher Newhall of the U.S. Geological Survey joins Art Daag a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: FIERY VIGIL Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Sta... More

Close-up of Rwandan children. Rwandan refugees entered Goma after a civil war erupted in their country

Close-up of Rwandan children. Rwandan refugees entered Goma after a ci...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Rwandan refugees enter Goma after a civil war erupted in their country

Rwandan refugees enter Goma after a civil war erupted in their country

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Rwandan refugees walk near a C-141 Starlifter cargo aircraft from the 452nd Avionics Maintenance Wing (AMW) Air Force Reserve (AFRES), March AFB, Calif., during Support Hope

Rwandan refugees walk near a C-141 Starlifter cargo aircraft from the ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

MASTER SGT. Van Cowan, a C-141 loadmaster, from the 452nd Avionics Maintenance Wing (AMW) Air Force Reserve (AFRES), March AFB, Calif., prepare to unload relief cargos

MASTER SGT. Van Cowan, a C-141 loadmaster, from the 452nd Avionics Mai...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

TALCE Control Center in Goma Airport

TALCE Control Center in Goma Airport

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Rwandan refugee family of mother and children stand by a makeshift shelter, which along with what they carry, constitute all their worldly possessions. They are in the Kibuma refugee camp near Goma after a civil war erupted in their country. They joined over 1.2 million other refugees who fled into the refugee camps

Rwandan refugee family of mother and children stand by a makeshift she...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

In the tent city at Goma Airport, LTCOL Roger Edwards, Commander of the 314th Tactical Airlift Control Element (TALCE) briefs newly arrived personnel about their mission as members of the refugee relief effort

In the tent city at Goma Airport, LTCOL Roger Edwards, Commander of th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A Rwandan family pose in front of their makeshift home. The refugees entered Goma after a civil war erupted in their country

A Rwandan family pose in front of their makeshift home. The refugees e...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) is lowered by crane from the Army controlled Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ship, SS Cape Island (T-AKR-10), at Port Au Prince, Haiti during Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY. The ship delivered trucks and cargo for the deployed military personnel. US military forces are in the country to preserve law and order and to restore the democratic government of President Aristide. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) is lowered by cra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

PVT. 2 Brandy Walley and PFC Shawn Gibbs from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) 7th Battalion 1ST Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Katterbach, Germany prepare to serve meals to US military personnel deployed at the airport

PVT. 2 Brandy Walley and PFC Shawn Gibbs from the Headquarters and Hea...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Kigali Airport Country: Russia (RUS) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to P... More

PVT. 2 Brandy Walley from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) 7th Battalion, 1ST Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Katterbach, Germany serve hot meals to US military personnel

PVT. 2 Brandy Walley from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (H...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Kigali Airport Country: Russia (RUS) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to P... More

A C-5 Galaxy aircraft, vehicles, and troops, are on the ramp at Port-au-Prince International Airport, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. U.S. military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and restore the democratic government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide

A C-5 Galaxy aircraft, vehicles, and troops, are on the ramp at Port-a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

SGT Corey Stigen from the 108th Military Police (MP) Company, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, stands through the top of a High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) to man an M-60 machine gun as he patrols the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. U.S. military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and to restore the democratic government of President Aristide. Exact Date Shot Unknown

SGT Corey Stigen from the 108th Military Police (MP) Company, Fort Bra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

SSgt Watkins from the 187th Infantry Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York, stands on the perimeter of the National Palace to assist in securing the area during the inauguration of President Jean Bertrand Aristide at Port au Prince, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy

SSgt Watkins from the 187th Infantry Battalion, 10th Mountain Division...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

LTC (Dr.) Kelly Drizon of the 3rd Medical Group examines a girl's throat while taking part in a medical civic action program (MEDCAP) at the Santa Rosa School. The school is being used as a clinic for more than 1,300 evacuees who have fled the mudslides and flooding caused by heavy rains that fell following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo

LTC (Dr.) Kelly Drizon of the 3rd Medical Group examines a girl's thro...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Florida Blanca Country: Philippines Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital P... More

Volcanic ash blankets a home and automobile in the base housing area in the aftermath of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. More than 20,000 evacuees have been removed from the area as a part of the U.S. military's Operation Fiery Vigil when more than four inches of fallen ash disrupted operations at Clark and Naval Station, Subic Bay

Volcanic ash blankets a home and automobile in the base housing area i...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: FIERY VIGIL Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines(PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Stat... More

A portrait of a Haitian refugee peering through the fencing at the Camp McCalla tent facilities on the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. More than 14,000 refugees attempted to reach the United States by boat and were picked up by the Coast Guard in international waters and transported to the base at Guantanamo Bay. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A portrait of a Haitian refugee peering through the fencing at the Cam...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A1C Eric Baldoni of the 626 Air Mobility Support Squadron (AMSS) inspects pallets filled with relief cargo destined for Africa to support the Rwandan refugee crisis. A 436th Airlift Wing C-5 Galaxy from Dover AFB, Denver is in the background. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A1C Eric Baldoni of the 626 Air Mobility Support Squadron (AMSS) inspe...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Rhein-Main Air Base Country: Deutschland / Germany (DEU) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release S... More

Rwandans at the Kitali refugee camp in Goma. The refugees came to Goma after a civil war erupted in their country. In need for food and water at the camps, the US military flew in vital water purification equipment and relief cargos to help. An estimated 2000 refugees die daily because of the cholera epidemic. The situation improves as fresh water provided by US military teams reach the camps that house up to 1.2 million refugees

Rwandans at the Kitali refugee camp in Goma. The refugees came to Goma...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A stream of Rwandan refugees, carrying all their possession, walk into Goma after a civil war erupted in their country. They joined over 1.2 million other refugees who fled into the refugee camps where due to outbreak of cholera an estimated 2000 die daily

A stream of Rwandan refugees, carrying all their possession, walk into...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Rwandan refugee family of mother and children stand by a makeshift shelter, which along with what they carry, constitute all their worldly possessions. They are in the Kibuma refugee camp near Goma after a civil war erupted in their country. They joined over 1.2 million other refugees who fled into the refugee camps

Rwandan refugee family of mother and children stand by a makeshift she...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A C-130 Hercules from the 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), Alconbury, England arrive at the Goma Airport to delivery cargos

A C-130 Hercules from the 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), Alcon...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: South Africa (ZAF) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Publi... More

Two Rwandan children/refugees wait on the flight line for some relief supplies. In the background a Air Mobility Command C-141 Starlifter assigned to the 452nd Air Mobility Wing (AFRES), March AFB, California is parked on the ramp of the Goma Airport. The U.S. military flew in vital water purification equipment and relief cargoes to assist in the humanitarian effort

Two Rwandan children/refugees wait on the flight line for some relief ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Rwandan refugees who have come to Goma after a civil war erupted in their country

Rwandan refugees who have come to Goma after a civil war erupted in th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

CAPT. Kent Hughes, a C-141 Starlifter pilot, from the 729th Airlift Squadron (ALS) Air Force Reserve (AFRES), March AFB, Calif, conduct aerial refueling missions over Zaire

CAPT. Kent Hughes, a C-141 Starlifter pilot, from the 729th Airlift Sq...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Rwandan refugees walk near an Air Mobility Command C-141 Starlifter assigned to the 452nd Air Mobility Wing (AFRES), March AFB, California on the landing strip at the Goma Airport. The U.S. military flew in vital water purification equipment and relief cargoes to assist in the humanitarian effort

Rwandan refugees walk near an Air Mobility Command C-141 Starlifter as...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

SGT Corey Stigen from the 108th Military Police (MP) Company, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, talks on the radio while on patrol on a busy street in Port au Prince, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. U.S. military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and to restore the democratic government of President Aristide. Exact Date Shot Unknown

SGT Corey Stigen from the 108th Military Police (MP) Company, Fort Bra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

PVT. 2 Brandy Walley from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) 7th Battalion, 1ST Brigade, Infantry Division, Katterbach, Germany serve hot meals to U.S. military personnel

PVT. 2 Brandy Walley from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (H...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Kigali Airport Country: Russia (RUS) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to P... More

Army personnel gather around a C-5 Galaxy aircraft to unload their baggage after arrival at Port au Prince International Airport, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. U.S. military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and restore the democratic government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Army personnel gather around a C-5 Galaxy aircraft to unload their bag...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

U.S. Army personnel, dressed in combat gear with their M-16A2 rifles, wait on the tarmac after their arrival at Port au Prince International Airport, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. U.S. military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and to restore the democratic government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide

U.S. Army personnel, dressed in combat gear with their M-16A2 rifles, ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

A Navy CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter from USS Mount Whitney arrives at Port Au Prince International Airport, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. US military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and restore the democratic government of President Aristide

A Navy CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter from USS Mount Whitney arrives at...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

U.S. Army personnel from the 3/15 Infantry, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia, dressed in combat gear with weapons, wait in a grassy area to board a helicopter at Port au Prince International Airport, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. U.S. military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and to restore the democratic government of President Aristide

U.S. Army personnel from the 3/15 Infantry, 24th Infantry Division, Fo...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

U.S. Army personnel from the 3/15 Infantry, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia, dressed in combat gear and weapons, walk across the tarmac to board a helicopter at Port au Prince International Airport, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. U.S. military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and to restore the democratic government of President Aristide

U.S. Army personnel from the 3/15 Infantry, 24th Infantry Division, Fo...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

Women and children stand in line to visit the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing's medical civic action program (MEDCAP) team at the Santa Rosa School. The school is being used as a clinic for more than 1,300 evacuees who have fled the mudslides and flooding caused by heavy rains that fell following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo

Women and children stand in line to visit the 3rd Tactical Fighter Win...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Florida Blanca Country: Philippines Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital P... More

TSGT Tom Jozwiak of Detachment 7, 1369th Audiovisual Flight, fills sand bags that will be used to protect low-lying areas on the base from flooding as the rainy season begins following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo

TSGT Tom Jozwiak of Detachment 7, 1369th Audiovisual Flight, fills san...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines(PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... More

SSGT Chris Bator of Detachment 7, 1369th Audiovisual Flight, pulls an object from the mud in a flooded area. The base, already covered in volcanic ash that fell during the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, is now experiencing flooding as a result of the heavy summer rains

SSGT Chris Bator of Detachment 7, 1369th Audiovisual Flight, pulls an ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines(PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... More

USAF SSGT John McLauglin, 554th Security Police Squadron plays with Haitian refugee children at the Camp McCalla tent facilities on the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. More than 14,000 refugees attempted to reach the United States by boat and were picked up by the Coast Guard in international waters and transported to the base at Guantanamo Bay. Exact Date Shot Unknown

USAF SSGT John McLauglin, 554th Security Police Squadron plays with Ha...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Rwandan refugees enter Goma after a civil war erupted in their country

Rwandan refugees enter Goma after a civil war erupted in their country

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Rwandan refugees enter Goma after a civil war erupted in their country

Rwandan refugees enter Goma after a civil war erupted in their country

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Rwandan refugees who have come to Goma after a civil war erupted in their country

Rwandan refugees who have come to Goma after a civil war erupted in th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A member of the 314th TALCE, Little Rock AFB, Ark, transport a cargo pallet on a forklift. The pallet contain relief goods for Rwandan refugees

A member of the 314th TALCE, Little Rock AFB, Ark, transport a cargo p...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

French military helicopters provide security at Goma Airport

French military helicopters provide security at Goma Airport

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry walks with BGEN Jack Nix during a visit to the Rwandan refugee camps. The U.S. military flew in vital water purification equipment and relief cargoes to assist in the humanitarian effort

U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry walks with BGEN Jack Nix durin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A couple of Rwandan children wait hopefully for relief goods after a C-141 Starlifter from the 452nd Avionics Maintenance Wing (AMW) Air Force Reserve (AFRES), March AFB, Calif., has been unloaded

A couple of Rwandan children wait hopefully for relief goods after a C...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A stream of Rwandan refugees, carrying all their possession, walk into Goma after a civil war erupted in their country. They joined over 1.2 million other refugees who fled into the refugee camps where due to outbreak of cholera an estimated 2000 die daily

A stream of Rwandan refugees, carrying all their possession, walk into...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SUPPORT HOPE Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Close-up of Rwandan children. Rwandan refugees entered Goma after a civil war erupted in their country

Close-up of Rwandan children. Rwandan refugees entered Goma after a ci...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A view of Goma Airport - U.S. National Archives Public Domain photograph

A view of Goma Airport - U.S. National Archives Public Domain photogra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: Support Hope Base: Goma Country: Zaire (ZAR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A starboard beam view of the pre-positioning Ready Reserve Force (RRF) roll-on/roll-off vehicle cargo ship CAPE DUCATO (T-AKR-5051) as it sits at Port au Prince, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. Two natives row a small boat in the foreground. US military forces are in the country to preserve law and order and to restore the democratic government of President Aristide. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A starboard beam view of the pre-positioning Ready Reserve Force (RRF)...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

Aerial shot of the Haitian Presidential Palace during Operation Uphold Democracy. U.S. military forces are in Haiti to preserve law and order and to restore the democratic government of President Aristide. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Aerial shot of the Haitian Presidential Palace during Operation Uphold...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UPHOLD DEMOCRACY Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Rel... More

Aerial View of the taxiway at Port-au-Prince International Airport, Haiti during Operation Phoenix Shark. A C-5 Galaxy, along with other planes and equipment, are on the taxiway. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Aerial View of the taxiway at Port-au-Prince International Airport, Ha...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: PHOENIX SHARK Base: Port Au Prince Country: Haiti (HTI) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis (USAF) Release Status: Releas... More

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