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Admiral Mullin has got to be lying when he says there were no aircraft ready to go. I served in the 82nd Airborne between 1961 and 1964. Although our duties were the Western hemisphere, the 101st had the other part of the world. Both Divisions always had an Alert company ready to go on 1 hour notice. All equipment was rigged for air delivery when the company took over the Alert responsibilities and for the duration of Alert status the company personnel were confined to barracks. I am as certain as I can be that similar preparedness still prevails and assistance would have been within striking distance of Benghazi!
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