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Wyoming National Guard Airmen volunteer to help in Operation Allies Refuge

Col. Barry Deibert says that he is proud of the airmen who volunteered for Operation Allies...
Col. Barry Deibert says that he is proud of the airmen who volunteered for Operation Allies Refuge.(Rachel Saurer)
Updated: Sep. 7, 2021 at 6:00 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Six airmen from the 153rd Airlift Wing in the Wyoming Air National guard have volunteered to support the Operation Allies Refuge. Three of those airmen will be supporting efforts at joint base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The other three will be assigned to Andrews Joint Base in Maryland.

This operation is still relatively new. In fact, it was just announced by the Department of Defense at the end of July and began sending relocation planes at the end of July and beginning of August. The goal of this operation is to relocate eligible Afghans and their families currently within the special Immigration Visa Program as well as any US citizens stranded there.

“We have great airmen... highly dedicated,” said Col. Barry Deibert, Wing Commander of the 153d Airlift Wing at the Wyoming Air National Guard. “The spirit of them shows here. You know, a phone call happens 48 hours ago; they’re volunteering immediately. Real proud of them. I wish them the best and I know they’ll do well during this mission.”

The Wyoming National Guard Airmen have been activated in a federal status for military service and will assist until the end of the fiscal year.

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