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The United States plans to maintain a major military presence in Honduras for at least the next three to five years, a memo from a U.S. Air Force officer indicates. The May 29 memo, released by the Pentagon, is from Lt. Col. Philip G. Stowell, the engineering officer at the U.S. Southern Command in Panama. It outlines a series of staffing problems facing his engineering mission in Honduras if it is to provide long-range support for American-built airfields in the country. Pentagon officials said that Stowell's memo involves "contingency planning" only.

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