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167th headed to Gulf

November 14, 1998|By LAURA ERNDE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The 167th Airlift Wing's medical air evacuation unit is headed for the Persian Gulf, said Col. Wayne V. "Speedy" Lloyd.

The unit, based at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in Martinsburg, is part of a powerful force of U.S. bombers, warships and troops that President Clinton began moving in to counter Iraq's continued defiance of United Nations weapons inspections.

Lloyd is putting together a 39-person team to deploy the Mobile Aeromed Staging Facility. The mobile air unit, which will be placed near an airport, is capable of airlifting 50 patients at a time and 200 patients in a 24-hour period, he said.

All of the equipment and at least one-third of the team members will be from the 167th, he said.

The team will leave for the Gulf in the next few days, he said.

The unit was called up for the Persian Gulf War in 1990 and has its members have served there on and off ever since, he said.

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The crisis has been growing in the Gulf since Aug. 5, when Iraq banned field inspections for nuclear, biological and chemical weapons it is compelled to eliminate under U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Also headed to the region this weekend are B-52 heavy bombers and F-117 Stealth fighter jets. The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise is already en route, along with a Marine Corps amphibious task force.

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