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167th to join Desert Fox deployment

December 19, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A medical team from the 167th Airlift Wing will be deployed overseas to treat potential casualites in Operation Desert Fox, officials said Friday.

Eleven nurses and medical technicians from the local Air National Guard base will make up a 55-member team, officials said. Other members of the group will come from units in New York, Delaware, North Carolina, Wyoming and Minnesota.

The team will accept patients from field medical units and make arrangements for sending the injured to hospitals for further treatment, officials said.

The team, which will set up its operations in a tent, can hold patients for up to six hours, said Lt. Col. Edie McGoff, who is heading up the Mobile Aeromedical Staging Facility.


McGoff, of Winchester, Va., said she does not know where the medical team will set up its operations.

It was not known when the unit will depart Martinsburg, but it will be "pretty soon," said Col. Wayne V. "Speedy" Lloyd, commander of the 167th.

The team will depart from the local base on a C-5, the largest aircraft in the U.S. Air Force, Lloyd said.

The unit will assist U.S. forces making air strikes on Iraq. The attacks over the last two days have killed about 25 people in Iraq, according to Associated Press reports.

McGoff said she was a little apprehensive about heading into the conflict.

"It's the holidays, so I have mixed emotions," said McGoff, who is leaving a husband and two children at home. "But we have a mission and that's what we're all about."

The 167th has been busy recently with various missions.

Last month, a medical air evauction team from the 167th was part of a large group of U.S. bombers, warships and troops that were sent to the Persian Gulf to counter Iraq's defiance of U.N. weapons inspectors.

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