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Mogadishu, Somalia, June 1993: Senior Airman David L. Viars gets a haircut from Sgt. Erik A. Straus, a security policeman, outside the police tent at a U.S. Air Force compound on the shores of the Indian Ocean. A Stars and Stripes story about life at what was dubbed the “Somali Sands Resort” noted that “the wind blows sand and beats the canvas walls of the tents in a never-ending cacophony.”

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