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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 637-96
November 12, 1996

EUCOM ASSESSMENT TEAM DEPLOYS TO AFRICA

The U.S. military is deploying a team to conduct an assessment of the humanitarian situation in Central Africa. This deployment will enhance the military's ability to respond but does not represent a commitment by the U.S. to deploy other forces.

The 40-person team includes a broad range of specialists such as medical, engineering, civil affairs, and security assistance, and will be led by U.S. Army Major General Edward P. Smith. General Smith commands the Southern European Task Force (SETAF), headquartered in Vicenza, Italy.

The team is expected to arrive in the region on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1996. The exact itinerary and the duration of the team's deployment have not been determined.