On August 23, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs John Kirby publicly announced Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst’s selection to provide housing, medical support, logistics, and transportation support for vulnerable Afghans as they arrived in the U.S. The established task force, coined Task Force Liberty, stood up shortly afterward to support this effort.
Task Force Liberty is a team of Department of Homeland Security and Department of State personnel, Department of Defense service members and civilians, resettlement partners and affiliates and non-governmental organizations united for a common purpose. Each of these individuals embodies an American force that stands at the ready to answer our nation’s call at all times. They are ambassadors to our Afghan guests; representing the foundational principles and core values of our nation.