Photos: New images from Fort McCoy show donations, screening of Afghan refugees

FORT McCOY, Wis. (WKBT) — The federal government has released more photos and videos from Fort McCoy as the Afghan refugees receive clothing donations and are screened by the members of Task Force McCoy.

Photos show the Wisconsin National Guard administering COVID-19 tests, as well as service members and refugees sorting through donations and conducting biometric screening of refugees.

Sgt. Anthony Burcham, a cannon crewmember for Battery C, 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, discusses his role while administering COVID-19 tests to Afghan evacuees Sept. 8, 2021, at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, in support of Task Force McCoy and Operation Allies Welcome. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army video by Staff Sgt. Ryan Rayno, 181st Multifunctional Training Brigade)

Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers assigned to Task Force COVID Response administer BinaxNOW COVID-19 tests to Afghan evacuees Sept. 7, 2021, at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, in support of Task Force McCoy and Operation Allies Welcome. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army video by Staff Sgt. Ryan Rayno, 181st Multifunctional Training Brigade)

Sgt. Anthony Burcham, a cannon crewmember for Battery C, 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, discusses his role while administering COVID-19 tests to Afghan evacuees Sept. 8, 2021, at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, in support of Task Force McCoy and Operation Allies Welcome. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army video by Staff Sgt. Ryan Rayno, 181st Multifunctional Training Brigade)


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Anyone who would like to help support refugees and in the global response to the crisis in Afghanistan should visit the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families “How Can I Help?” page, which is available here.