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Photo: Families begin to board a U.S. Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III during an  evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 23. U.S. service members are assisting the Department of State with an orderly drawdown of designated personnel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Samuel Ruiz)

"Noncombatant Evacuation Operation (NEO). An operation whereby noncombatant evacuees are evacuated from a threatened area abroad, which includes areas facing actual or potential danger from natural or manmade disaster, civil unrest, imminent or actual terrorist activities, hostilities, and similar circumstances, that is carried out with the assistance of the Department of Defense"  (JP-3-68, 2015).

Joint Publication 3-68, Noncombatant Evacuation Operations, 18 November 2015. Validated on 14 November 2017, Department of Defense.

NEO Online Course, based on JP 3-68, Noncombatant Evacuation Operations, 18 November 2015.

Alcala, Ronald, "Afghanistan and Noncombatant Evacuation Operations", by Ronald Alcala, Lieber Institute at West Point, August 5, 2021.

Operation Allies Refuge. The Department of State has the lead to receive and process Afghan Special Immigrant Status applicants once they arrive in the United States. The Department of Defense has been tasked with supporting the DoS in this effort.





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