Celebrating American greatness…In Chile

I was shared this article by a friend on a forum.  It really speaks to my American pride.  My comments will follow:

Jeff Hart is a driller based in my home state of Colorado. The father of two has been drilling water wells in Afghanistan at U.S. Army bases. When the San Jose Mine in Chile collapsed in August, he flew to lend his renowned expertise to the rescue effort. As part of an amazing three-way race to the trapped miners, Hart drilled for 33 days straight and was first to reach the caved-in workers. The AP recounts the story — and what strikes me again and again is how the world turned to American ingenuity and American fortitude and American equipment and American enterprise to get the job done:

Jeff Hart was drilling water wells for the U.S. Army’s forward operating bases in Afghanistan when he got the call to fly to Chile. He spent the next 33 days on his feet, operating the drill that finally provided a way out Saturday for 33 trapped miners. “You have to feel through your feet what the drill is doing; it’s a vibration you get so that you know what’s happening,” explained Hart, a contractor from Denver, Colorado. A muscular, taciturn man with callused hands and a sunburned face, Hart normally pounds rock for oil or water. He’s used to extreme conditions while he works the hydraulic levers that guide the drills’ hammers…

…Geotec operations manager James Stefanic said he quickly assembled “a top of the line team” of drillers who are intimately familiar with the key equipment, including engineers from two Pennsylvania companies — Schramm Inc., which makes the T130 drill, and Center Rock Inc., which makes the drill bits.

…Standing before the levers, pressure meters and gauges on the T130′s control panel, Hart and the rest of the team faced many challenges in drilling the shaft. At one point, the drill struck a metal support beam in the poorly mapped mine, shattering its hammers. Fresh equipment had to be flown in from the United States and progress was delayed for days as powerful magnets were lowered to pull out the pieces…

…Hart has a home in Denver but works for long periods abroad as a contractor for the Layne Christensen company based in Mission Woods, Kansas.

Read the rest

First, I love Chile for not only its name (I like spicy food), but also its flag (like a near rip off of the Texas flag.  It must be a rip off because us Texans are just that egotistical about our state).  Regardless, I love this story for its happy ending, the intrigue (especially the wife and girlfriend who discovered each other while at a vigil for the man), and the fact that American’s, once again, were called in to save the day.

It’s an excellent reminder that America didn’t come to lead the world by luck, or some divine intervention.  It came through hard work (some of it slave labor…but regardless of how wrong it was then, their descendants are my American brothers and sisters today), ingenuity (some of it stolen from the Nazi’s shortly after WWII ended), and perseverance.

I am proud of the nation from which I hail.  Just as I am proud of the nation of my ancestors (Hungary).  And the above story is just another reason why.

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3 Responses to “Celebrating American greatness…In Chile”

  1. Celebrating American greatness…In Chile « Bigfatfurrytexan…

    I found your entry interesting do I’ve added a Trackback to it on my weblog :)…

  2. What goes around generally comes back around, although sometimes only in a dampened form (like “thanks” and that’s it) and other times it comes back amplified (like “thanks, here’s money, materials, and labor for you” and booyah).

    • I truly believe in the karmic wheel.

      my point in this article was not so much to whine about a lack of respect internationally. it was more about trying to remind people that despite how badly our government has ruined our name, there is still something special about being American.

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