Afghan refugees begin to arrive in Wisconsin | Dunn Connection

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The first Afghan refugees arrived at Fort McCoy, one of three US military facilities approved by the Department of Defense for temporary accommodation.

On Sunday afternoon, the special immigrant visa applicants, their families and others at risk arrived, according to a press release from the base.

This is in addition to the small number of Afghans who are currently finalizing their treatment at Fort Lee, Virginia.

Fort McCoy officials expect these arrivals to continue through Sunday and into the coming days. U.S. Northern Command is working to build capacity at Base Wisconsin, as well as Fort Lee, Fort Bliss, Texas, and potentially other military sites as needed.

Approximately 1,000 servicemen from several units of the United States Army and the United States Army Reserve began to assemble at Fort McCoy to support Operation Allies Refuge.

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US Northern Command is the Department of Defense’s primary combat command for this mission in the continental United States and provides oversight in support of the State Department. US Army North, as the Joint Force Land Component Command of US Northern Command, is the primary operational command for this mission.

The Fort McCoy task force will provide accommodation, medical care, logistics and transportation.

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