Air Force Civic Actions Programs

Most of the U.S. military units in Vietnam had corresponding programs to work with the Vietnamese located near their bases. The Air Force had a very large program. Their doctors, dentists, medical personnel, and average airmen went into local villages to help with medical and civil problems found in individuals and facilities. Individual squadrons had charity and building programs in local towns and villages that they took on with honest zeal. These started out as an Air Force programs but I saw examples again and again of genuine concern and care by AF personnel for their Vietnamese neighbors. There were on every base dedicated individuals who really wanted and tried to help the local Vietnamese in any way they could. This was one of the greatest and least publicised operations going on in South Vietnam. It never made the nightly news.

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