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MILITARY MEDICINE is standing ready as the March 31 deadline nears for departure of the remaining US troops from Somalia.
All US troops now are on, or about to board, the ships standing by just offshore, or at the Mogadishu airport, preparing for the final US Air Force flights out of Somalia. The Cairo (Egypt) West airport midway point for aeromedical evacuation to Europe also will close when the US forces are redeployed and routine airlift activity ceases.
Alexander M. Sloan, MD, and Charles H. Roadman II, MD, US Air Force surgeon general and US Transportation/ Air Mobility Command(s) surgeon respectively, say that once aeromedical evacuation forces are withdrawn, transportation for any United Nations or Allied personnel will be arranged by the US Department of State. As of mid-February, 805 patients had been transported from Somalia in 116 aeromedical missions, with the main patient categories being orthopedic (315), medical (155),
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