Fort Campbell Soldiers Deploying
To Battle Ebola Outbreak In Liberia
Army officials are announcing that troops from Fort Campbell are deploying again, and this time the enemy is not one that can be seen by the naked eye. It was announced late Tuesday afternoon that the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Headquarters will deploy as the Joint Force Command for Operation United Assistance in Monrovia, Liberia.
Officials say the mission of the JFC-United Assistance is to support the lead federal agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, in its response to the Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia. The Joint Force Command will work to help the government of Liberia contain the Ebola virus and synchronize the establishment of Ebola treatment units across Liberia, as well as train health care workers and establish logistical centers to support this effort.
Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), states Operation United Assistance is a critical mission and that the JFC will coordinate all of the Department of Defense resources in Liberia to support USAID and the government of Liberia to contain the Ebola virus and ultimately save lives.
All of the Fort Campbell troops deploying to Liberia will receive specific medical training, which is developed in conjunction with U.S. Army Public Health Command, and utilize specialized personal protection equipment to ensure they are protected from exposure to Ebola. Volesky added that protecting the health of the soldiers is their number one priority.
The duration of the deployment has not been determined.