One flight left the bottom Saturday with a number of hundred evacuees headed for Philadelphia, a spokesman for the 86th Airlift Wing informed CNN. 5 extra flights are anticipated Sunday, with roughly 1,000 evacuees flying to the US each day till all the Afghan inhabitants of roughly 9,000 at Ramstein departs.
“We have been at this longer than I believe anybody anticipated, however we’re glad that we’ll quickly full the mission and get again to regular operations,” mentioned Brigadier Common Josh Olson, the commander of the 86th Airlift Wing and Ramstein Air Base. “Our focus now’s on ending robust, bidding our company farewell, and finishing the mission.”
Greater than 49,000 Afghan evacuees briefly staying at army installations within the US have been vaccinated for MMR and varicella (chickenpox). Evacuees are additionally receiving vaccinations in Europe and the Center East.
Ramstein grew to become one of many main transit factors for Afghans fleeing their dwelling nation and making their approach to the US. The bottom was solely supposed to accommodate Afghans for 10 days, however needed to accommodate the evacuees for weeks as temperatures dropped in Germany.