DVIDS – News – US military and joint agencies assist Operation Allies Refuge
Air Force aviators, soldiers from the US Army and other agencies joined forces at Ramstein Air Base in Germany to provide service to Afghan evacuees during Operation Allies Refuge while throughout the months of August and September 2021.
“Everyone wants to go out and help out and volunteer,” said the US Air Force Master Sgt. Richard Pacheco, cybersystems operations craftsman with 1 Combat Communications Squadron, but here the leader enlisted for module three. “NATO allies came to help, some NATO members came here in their free time to play with the kids and help, we had the Red Cross. The entire team works 12 hours a day cleaning up, organizing food, lining up interpreters for people who don’t speak the same language as you, and finding people in a crowd of 3,000 evacuees.
In addition, the soldiers of the 361st Civil Affairs Brigade of the United States Army are assisting the SRO by becoming liaison between the Afghan and American military.
“I’m posted to 361st CAB, we’ve been activated to come here and provide cross-cultural communication and support to the US Air Force,” said US Army Capt. Gareth Anderson, 361st CAB Civil Affairs Officer . “What I’m doing is liaising between the US military and the US air force, and between interagency organizations, such as US AID, the US military, and the task force that is here.”
Despite the long hours and challenges, there are always rewards in such situations, especially family reunions. During the evacuations out of Afghanistan, families unfortunately disconnected and landed in different Pods and locations. RAB Airmen work to ensure that if a temporary separation occurs, they are reunited.
“I’ve been pretty lucky in my position because it has allowed me to reunite families, it’s one of those things that happens without a lot of people hearing about it,” Pacheco said. “We find someone who has a missing family member and it’s our job to find the missing family member if he’s here. Times like that are heartbreaking times, where you have to look away while you take your cues, it’s been pretty awesome.
Airmen, soldiers and volunteers work tirelessly to provide evacuees with resources ranging from basic necessities such as food, showers and shelter, to resources such as reuniting family members.
|Date posted:||09.04.2021 12:27|
|Site:||RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, RP, DE|
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