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300 US Airmen From Iraq, Afghanistan Sent Home For Hurricane Emergencies

The U.S. Air Force says it will send 300 airmen home from Iraq and Afghanistan to help their families cope with emergencies from devastating Hurricane Katrina.

A military spokesman said Saturday the airmen - all based at Keesler Air Base in Biloxi, Mississippi - would begin flying home over the next two weeks. The group includes personnel who were scheduled to rotate home in September and others whose deployments would be cut short.

Hurricane Katrina did serious damage to Keesler Air Base, wiping out much of its housing and infrastructure.