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455th AEW Photos

Afghanistan evac operations: Airmen experiences

“I became a doctor because I wanted to help people, but this is a far different experience than anything I have been practicing over many years. I saw a child yesterday and he was saying he had a headache but in talking to him, I discovered he was an orphan. He came here by himself and spent the last two days travelling without any family. So, I put him aside and got the help of the State Department. Since then I’ve taken on the role of providing for these children and have actually used my phone to contact their families so at least their parents know they are O.K. and safe. What we are really doing aside from basic medical care is really providing a sense of psychological safety for these people because they have a lot of anxieties right now. They don’t understand what’s going to happen next and we’re doing our best to try and help them with the resources that we have available.” – Lt. Col. Paul Mariani, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Service members of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, as well as other supporting agencies are working 24/7 to support ongoing evacuation operations out of Afghanistan Aug. 19, 2021, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. As part of the operation, thousands of qualified evacuees continue to arrive here from Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, on board multiple military aircraft. The Department of Defense is committed to supporting the evacuation of American citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants and other at-risk individuals from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Noah D. Coger)

PHOTO BY: Senior Airman Noah D. Coger
VIRIN: 210819-F-AL900-2002.JPG
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