Afghan evacuee flights to the US from Ramstein Air Base resume

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A spokesman for the 86th Airlift Wing told Granthshala that a flight carrying a few hundred people from the base departed for Philadelphia on Saturday. Five more flights are expected on Sunday, with about 1,000 evacuees flying to the US on a daily basis, until the entire Afghan population of about 9,000 departs in Ramstein.

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Brigadier General Josh Olsson, commander of the 86th Airlift Wing and Ramstein, said: “I’ve been around longer than I imagined, but we’re delighted that we will soon complete the mission and return to normal operations.” air Base. “Our focus is now on finishing strong, bidding farewell to our guests and fulfilling the mission.”

Several cases of measles were found in some people who arrived in the US, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended halting flights until the entire evacuation population was protected against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and other diseases. Vaccination is not available. as well as a waiting period of 21 days after the vaccines are administered.

More than 49,000 Afghans temporarily residing in military installations in the US have been vaccinated against MMR and varicella (chickenpox). Evacuations are also receiving vaccination in Europe and the Middle East.


Ramstein became one of the major transit points for Afghans fleeing their home country to the US. The base was only supposed to hold the Afghans for 10 days, but the drop in temperature in Germany had to accommodate evacuations for weeks.

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