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167th going to Balkans

April 13, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The 167th Airlift Wing will send a C-130 cargo plane carrying 30 base members to Germany on Thursday afternoon as part of a humanitarian effort in the Balkans.

The base received orders Tuesday morning that about 30 members of the 167th already on standby for the mission will take off at 2:15 p.m. Thursday for a flight to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, said Lt. Col. Roger Sencindiver.

The 167th will join other Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units to support refugees through Operation Shining Hope, the international humanitarian relief effort prompted by the Serb expulsion of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo.

"We'll be airlifting supplies like food, clothing and medicine - the essentials. They need just about everything over there," said Sencindiver.

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Crew members from the 167th have been told the mission will last between 15 and 30 days, but Sencindiver said it could be extended depending on future developments in Kosovo.

The mission to the Balkans is the latest humanitarian effort for the 167th, which has helped hurricane victims in Central America. The 167th also participated in missions to support U.S. military operations in the Persian Gulf.

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