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Six hours later a C-141 was dis- patched from the 437th Military carrying, Center eongressman and several American eitizens religious cult. at MAC 18, Airlift Wing South Carolina, at others, an aeromedical evacuation Combat Control Team team and a to provide security. After arriving at Cuyana, the nightmare of the massixe suicides that had happened Air Force and Team at at the Jonestown colony was revealed. Army Task Force was MAC set up. headquarters had to enlarge The its A Joint Crisis Action mission into a full-scale airlift.

Joining with other countries, the United States answered the urgent The call of the United Nations international African relief effort. Military Airlift wheat, rice, Command airlifted tons of food, primarily sorghum, and powdered milk for the children, along with goats, sheep, and w ater buffalo to the drought-stricken African countries. The airlift operation was complicated by scorching 1 1 5-degree temperatures over the Sahara Desert and red sandstorms often climbing to 10,000 turbulent feet, making visibility difficult.

Also needed were consular registration teams, officials, communication gear and in Dela- medical and graves specialists, support troops and supplies. Before the hours later, MAC Crisis Action air port missions were involved in the Crisis down 166 Force and Army active finally thousands of people, both Air and reserve personnel, scores of No Team stood bases and almost seventy trans- Guyana airlift. Action Team, of course, works alone. Supporting them in their mission are the 93,000 active-duty military and civilian 39 personnel of the Military Airlift ground personnel, and National Guard.

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