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Transit of Medical Patients from American Samoa Achieved by FEMA and U.S. Military Collaboration
200609-A-ZZ999-011.JPG Photo By: Maj. Melodie Tafao, 9th Mission Support Command

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Nineteen patients from American Samoa requiring non-COVID-19 related medical care and 13 escorts arrived June 9 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on a U.S. Navy C-40 flight as part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency support mission. Military air was the only option for transporting passengers due to the suspension of commercial passenger flights to American Samoa from March 26 until June 30, 2020. At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. military, under its Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission set, enabled this group of medical patients to finally access the health care that they needed. This is in keeping with the DSCA tenets of saving lives and mitigating human suffering during declared emergencies.


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