USIS Washington 

07 August 1998


(Readying resources in Germany and Saudi Arabia) (260)

By Jacquelyn S. Porth

USIA Security Affairs Writer

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military on August 7 dispatched aircraft with
medical personnel and security experts to assist victims of twin
explosions at U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

A U.S. military C-141 Starlifter cargo aircraft at Ramstein Air Force
Base, Germany, loaded with medical supplies and blood products, was
the first to take off for Nairobi.

This team will determine if medical evacuations will be needed. U.S.
military medical personnel in Germany are on alert to treat bomb blast
victims if there should be an influx of evacuees. Additional Air Force
medical teams are also ready to fly out of Germany if their services
are needed at the blast scenes.

Another aircraft, a C-9 Nightingale medical transport aircraft,
remained on alert August 7 at Ramstein to deliver medical supplies and
some support personnel to Tanzania.

The Air Force's Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in
Illinois also had a C-130 Hercules aircraft available to fly to Kenya
from Prince Sultan Air Base in al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia, with 12 medical

The effort to assist these two East African nations involves
coordination across two U.S. military command structures because
Tanzania falls under the area of responsibility for the U.S. European
Command in Ramstein, Germany, while the U.S. Central Command at
MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, oversees humanitarian
assistance destined for Kenya.