Statement from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base regarding Operation Allies Refuge:
The Department of Defense recently approved a request for assistance from the State Department to provide temporary housing, sustainment, and support inside the United States for vulnerable Afghans at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Fort Bliss, Texas; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Fort Lee, Virginia.
Approximately 55 total force service members from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will provide support to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to assist in these efforts as part of the task force located there.
U.S. Northern Command is the Department of Defense’s lead combatant command for this mission in the continental United States and is providing oversight in support of the Department of State. U.S. Army North, as U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command, is the lead operational command for this mission. The task force at JBMDL will provide the housing, medical, logistics, and transportation support.
We are proud to join task force JBMDL, U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command and the Department of Defense team, in supporting the State Department with this mission.