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300 U.S. airmen return home from Iraq and Afghanistan


300 U.S. airmen return home from Iraq and Afghanistan
9/3/2005 8:00:00 PM GMT
Aljezeera.com

The airmen have already begun redeploying (from Iraq and Afghanistan.)

300 U.S. airmen deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan will return to Mississippi to assist their families cope with the aftermath of the deadly Hurricane Katrina, officials said on Saturday.

"The U.S. Central Command Air Forces is sending 300 Active Duty and Air Force Reserve Airmen home who were assigned to Keesler Air Force Base (in Biloxi, Mississippi) so they can attend to their families' needs after Hurricane Katrina," Captain David Small said Saturday.

"The airmen have already begun redeploying (from Iraq and Afghanistan) and will all be home as soon as possible," he added.

"Nearly 100 airmen who were scheduled to deploy from Keesler AFB (to the Central Command area of responsibility) will not deploy now" in order to help with the rescue effort in Mississippi, one of the states damaged by the hurricane, Small said.

“While our focus remains on fighting the war on terrorism, taking care of people is a top priority,

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