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US Air Force Airman First Class Waverly Strong teaches English to Afghan refugees at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Burlington County, new Jersey.


Liberty Village, as it is called military base, is now a temporary home for thousands of people from Afghanistan.

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Strong said, “There are days when I teach them how to get out of here because I realized they’re not going back to their country anymore, they’re going to different states in America. ” “So I guess why not teach them something to help them adjust to American life and culture a little easier?”

The first group of Afghan refugees airlifted to New Jersey arrived in late August. These families fled their homeland after boarding American cargo planes Taliban capture Kabul. McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst The first stop is until they can be placed in permanent residence.

Afghan families prepare to depart Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on October 11, 2021 in New Jersey. (US Air Force photo)

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NS US Air Force Expeditionary CenterRecently released photos depicting day-to-day life at the base. Some of the images show how families are adjusting to a new life in America. Others capture emotional family reunions. Some pictures show how the kids are adjusting and how sometimes servicemen and servicewomen can be fun.

Airman First Class Eric Espinosa said it was an honor to be a part of the operation.

“Personally seeing the development and teaching here, it’s good – it’s nice to see that,” Espinosa said. “It’s not just for kids, it’s for adults too. They want to come and learn.”

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US Air Force Colonel Suleiman Rachel gives candy to children at Liberty Village at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. (US Army photo)