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CHS Middle East LLC providing medical services in Iraq

U.S. contractors and government representatives who will work at Balad Air Base in Iraq as a result of a Foreign Military Sales deal for F-16s will receive medical treatment from CHS Middle East LLC.

By Richard Tomkins

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 28 (UPI) -- Medical company CHS Middle East LLC will provide a full range of medical services in Iraq in support of a U.S.-Iraq Foreign Military sales deal for F-16s. The services will be provided at Balad Air Base and include clinical services, on-site emergency care, dental, pharmaceutical, laboratory and x-ray services, and resuscitative and general surgery to as many as 2,500 personnel on the base.

The multi-million dollar contract was issued by Sallyport Global Services Ltd., a Florida-based subsidiary of Michael Baker International, which earlier this year was awarded multiple U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sales contracts to provide design, engineering, construction and other services at Balad Air Base.

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Iraq, which continues to be plagued by Islamist and sectarian terrorism, has been procuring arms, munitions and other equipment from the United States and other countries to help quell the violence and protect its borders. As many as 18 F-16s -- together with support equipment and services -- have been ordered by the Baghdad government from the U.S.

CHS Middle East is a subsidiary of Comprehensive Health Services Inc., a provider of on-site health centers for the U.S. government.

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“The health of overseas personnel is critical to the success of operations in Iraq," said Gary G. Palmer, president of CHSi. "CHSi, especially our international support team based in Cape Canaveral, is proud to have been selected to provide critical high-quality, workforce health solutions to support the men and women performing mission-critical work at the Balad Air Base.”

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