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Afghan refugees begin arriving at Wisconsin's Fort McCoy
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Afghan refugees begin arriving at Wisconsin's Fort McCoy

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A dining facility at Fort McCoy is pictured Aug. 18 as the U.S. Department of Defense prepares it for the arrival of Afghan refugees. 

Fort McCoy, a U.S. Army installation near Sparta, started receiving refugees from Afghanistan on Sunday after the recent collapse of the Afghanistan government to the Taliban.

The U.S. is planning to provide support for up to 22,000 at-risk individuals within three to four weeks at three military installations, including Fort McCoy. It’s unclear how many refugees will stay at Fort McCoy.

Saturday marked the beginning of the end of America's war in Afghanistan, 20 years after U.S. forces went there in pursuit of al-Queda terrorists following the September 11, 2001 attacks.  

“This afternoon, special immigrant visa applicants, their families and other individuals at risk arrived here,” Fort McCoy said in a statement Sunday. “We expect these arrivals to continue throughout the day and the coming days.”

The other two installations the Department of Defense approved to temporarily house vulnerable Afghans are Fort Lee in Virginia and Fort Bliss, Texas, according to Fort McCoy’s public affairs office.

About 2,500 civilians and 450 military personnel work at Fort McCoy, which is located on about 60,000 acres between Sparta and Tomah, in Monroe County. The U.S. Northern Command is working to expand Fort McCoy’s capacity for housing refugees, the public affairs office said.

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One of the buses that will transport Afghan refugees is seen at Fort McCoy Aug. 18. 

Roughly 1,000 military service members have started assembling at Fort McCoy to provide support. In addition to housing, the public affairs office said, staff will provide refugees with medical care and transportation support.

The U.S. has been working to evacuate Afghan translators, interpreters and others who worked for the U.S. during its 20-year war there. Fort McCoy said it’s proud to support the U.S. in that goal.

“We look forward to the opportunity to treat our temporary guests with the utmost respect and Wisconsin hospitality as they commence their special immigrant visa process,” Fort McCoy said.

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A volleyball net is seen at Fort McCoy, which is housing thousands of Afghan refugees. 

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The U.S. Department of Defense prepares a medical clinic Aug. 18 at Fort McCoy for the arrival of Afghan refugees. 

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A view inside of the medical facility at Fort McCoy. 

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A dining facility at Fort McCoy is pictured Aug. 18 as the U.S. Department of Defense prepares it for the arrival of Afghan refugees. 

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A dining facility at Fort McCoy is pictured Aug. 18 as the U.S. Department of Defense prepares it for the arrival of Afghan refugees. 

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The bathroom inside of a dining facility at Fort McCoy. 

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Another view inside of the dining facility at Fort McCoy. 

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