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The Sweet Meaning Behind the Name Afghan Parents Gave Their Daughter

“They named the little girl Reach, and they did so because the call sign of the C-17 aircraft that flew them from Qatar to Ramstein was Reach.”
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
August 30, 2021
US Air Force flight takes off tarmac
Image: Getty Images/NurPhoto

Last week, a pregnant Afghan woman went into labor aboard a U.S. Air Force evacuation flight. After the flight, she was moved to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, where she and her husband welcomed a baby girl. When picking their baby name, the couple decided to honor their birth experience.

During the flight, the mom, who had another young child with her on board, experienced heavy contractions and a drop in blood pressure. Luckily, the aircraft’s commander was able to stabilize the situation and help save her and baby’s life, a U.S. Air Force rep told People.

General Tod D. Wolters announced the baby’s name during a press conference following the flight, adding that both baby and mom are in good health. “They named the little girl Reach, and they did so because the call sign of the C-17 aircraft that flew them from Qatar to Ramstein was Reach,” he explained. “So that that child’s name will forever be Reach. And if you can well imagine being an Air Force fighter pilot, it’s my dream to watch that young child called Reach grow up and be a U.S. citizen and fly United States Air Force fighters in our Air Force. Over.”

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