EMBASSY BOMBINGS, while demonstrating the death- and injury-inflicting potential of international terrorism, also have proven once again the importance of high-speed, flexible medical response.
As in the past, including the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, it is US military medical personnel who have raced to the scene, bringing needed treatment supplies to local physicians and moving the most critically injured survivors great distances to sophisticated medical care facilities. In the latest terrorist bombings in eastern Africa, US Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve medical people flew approximately 4000 miles from Germany to provide care within 20 hours of the explosions that killed some 250 persons and injured nearly 5000 others.
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