U.S. Air Force Military Airlift Command (MAC) employs C-5 aircraft in relief missions to Soviet Republic of Armenia,following earthquake that struck city of Spitak. Forklift unloads relief supplies from rear cargo ramp of a C-5 aircraft. View of refugee camp being set up near the airport. Women and chilren near a tent in the camp. C-130 aircraft parked on the ramp. Relief cargo boxes stacked on the ramp. Snow on the ground and in mountains surrounding the area. U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant explains setting up of tent to local men. Armenian woman followed by a girl, carries a kettle towards a tent, as a man looks at the camera. Relief supplies on ramp as a C-130 taxiis in background. A USAF C-5 coming in to land.
American President Ronald Reagan is seen in the the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, from where He delivers a New Year's greeting to the people of the Soviet Union. He is seated in front of a fireplace mantle decorated with holly. A large poinsettia plant sits in front of the fireplace. The American flag is displayed to his right. The President describes the ways typical American families celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year. He mentions the U.S.Presidential election scheduled for next year (1988). Reagan notes that he and General Secretary Gorbachev signed the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, last month and hope to meet again, in a few months, in Moscow. He alludes to Soviet and American representatives in Geneva discussing a 50 percent reduction in strategic nuclear weapons suggests they may have a treaty ready to sign in Spring. President Reagan notes that America and the Soviet Union have the opportunity to develop a defensive shield against ballistic missiles, and that the U.S. intends to pursue the possibility that technology offers. In other matters, the President speaks of expanding contacts and communications between our two countries. He mentions Human rights and human dignity. He expresses concern about senseless conflicts in a number of regions. He closes by wishing the Soviet people a Happy New Year. (Note: President Reagan's message was recorded on December 23, 1987, in the White House and broadcast on January 1, 1988.)
A typical street scene in the city of Yerevan, Capital of Armenia, photographed by member of the U.S. Military Mission to Turkey and Armenia, during their visit in 1919. Members of the Military Mission with their automobile on a city street. The Armenian Prime Minister with his second cabinet of the First Republic of Armenia, pose for the Mission photographer,in a garden, on October 1, 1919. Seated in front, left to right, are: Avetik Sahakyan (Sahakian) Minister of Agriculture, Prime Minister Alexander Khatisyan (Khatissian) and General Christophor Araratov, Minister of War. Standing, behind them are Nikol Aghbalian (Aghbanian)Minister of Education, A. Gulkandanian, Minister of Interior and Justice, and S. Araradian, Minister of Finance. Next,head of the U.S. Military Mission, Major General James G. Harbord, poses with the Prime Minister.
The local populace and Armenian officials line a mountain road to greet members of the U.S. Military Mission to Turkey and Armenia, as they approach Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Mayor of the city, Mkrtich Mousinyants (Mkrtich Mussinyants) poses with military officers and other officials, as they are filmed by the Mission's cameraman. U.S. Major General James G. Harbord, Head of the Military Mission, and his staff, are seen walking along the mountain road, past spectators. (Some spectators stand on ramparts of Imposing old forts in the background.) Mayor Mousinyants, followed by military officers, walks up to meet Harbord and mission members. He converses with General Harbord. The scene changes to Harbord and staff in their car, driving along the mountain road, with spectators looking down from above. Several mounted cavalrymen carrying the Armenian and American flags escort General Harbord's car as it drives into Yerevan.
Armenian soldiers parading on a street in Kars, Armenia. They carry shouldered rifles with fixed bayonets. Local spectators watch from the roadside. The troops appear to be headed toward a large fortress seen on a hill in the background.
The post-war American Military Mission to Turkey and Armenia arriving in the Armenian capital city of Yerevan. The Mission head, Major General James G. Harbord, and members of his staff, walk down a main street, into the city, accompanied by the Mayor of Yerevan, Mkrtich Mousinyants (Mkrtich Mussinyants) and other dignitaries. Armenian soldiers line the side of the roadway. Scene shifts to the Mayor, standing with General Harbord and staff, as they review a contingent of Armenian soldiers marching past in close order formation.