Saturday morning, special immigrant visa applicants, their families and other refugees at risk arrived at Fort Bliss, after the Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command and in support of the Department of State, approved temporarily housing vulnerable Afghans at three military installations in the United States.
In addition to the refugees that landed Saturday, officials say the group will include a small number of Afghans currently finalizing their processing at Fort Lee, Virginia.
“We expect these arrivals to continue throughout the day and the coming days. U.S. Northern Command is working to build additional capacity at Fort Lee, Fort Bliss, Fort McCoy and potentially other military locations as required,” Fort Bliss officials shared via a news release.
According to post officials, approximately 1,000 service members from the 1st Armored Division Headquarters, the Fort Bliss Garrison Headquarters, the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, the 528th Hospital Center, and the 93rd Military Police Battalion, will be assembling to provide support to Operation Allies Refuge at Ft. Bliss.
U.S. Northern Command is the Department of Defense’s lead combatant command for this mission in the continental United States and is providing oversight in support of the Department of State. U.S. Army North, as U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command, is the lead operational command for this mission.
The task force will provide the housing, medical, logistics, and transportation support.
“We are proud to join U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command and the Department of Defense team, in supporting the State Department with this mission,” Fort Bliss officials added.