Troops Called Hillary Clinton’s Helicopter “Broomstick One”-Unproven!

Troops Called Hillary Clinton’s Helicopter “Broomstick One”-Unproven!

Summary of eRumor:
The call sign given to Hillary Clinton’s helicopter by soldiers during a tour of Iraq was “Broomstick One.”
The Truth:
There’s no way to prove whether this one is true or not.
This viral email first circulated back in 2003, and it reemerged shortly after Hillary Clinton announced that she would run for president in 2016:

“Never accuse the American Military of not having a sense of humor! Have you heard what the troops are calling the Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopter Hillary Clinton used on her Iraq tour? ‘Broomstick One'”

In 2003, then-Senator Hillary Clinton toured Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan over the Thanksgiving holiday. The New York Timesreports that Clinton was received well by the troops:

“Senator Clinton received a generally warm reception from members of the military, who are often perceived as conservative and Republican.

“After the meal, more than a dozen soldiers formed a line to have their photographs taken with the former first lady. A half dozen asked for her autograph, often inscribed to their daughters. One soldier had Mrs. Clinton autograph an American flag.”

However, Hillary Clinton’s 2003 tour of the Middle East quickly became a hotbed for eRumors about her interactions with troops — and that continues today.
First, Hillary Clinton posed for a photo with an unnamed troop who crossed his fingers as the photo was taken, which is a military signal for coercion. Claims circulated the web that Clinton’s handlers had forced the unwilling soldier to pose with her for a photo-op, and found that to be true.
Then, another eRumor claimed that Hillary Clinton had delayed Thanksgiving dinner for a number of troops because she was running late for her appearance. To make matters even worse, she then (allegedly) cut the line so she could get her food first. classified that eRumor as unproven.
The claim that Hillary Clinton’s helicopter was called Broomstick One fits into the same category: unproven. There’s no way to track down the eRumor’s original source, so there’s no way to prove whether it’s truth or fiction.