WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2015 – The Defense Department today released a breakdown of the numbers of DoD personnel involved in the battle to stop the spread of Ebola.
The efforts, led by the U.S. Agency for International Development, involve 2,367 DoD personnel, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren. Most of those personnel -- 2,174 -- are based in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city. The remaining 193 personnel are Marine Corps members and port operations personnel operating in Dakar, Senegal.
U.S. military personnel are not involved in treating patients with Ebola, defense officials have said. Their role in the fight is to provide logistical support and training for health care workers, to test medical samples and to construct Ebola treatment units. Since training began Oct. 27, the 40-person Army and Air Force team has trained 1,539 health care workers.
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1/10/2015 - As Soldiers prepare to transition out of Liberia and into controlled monitoring areas, a few may face certain challenges such as stress. Some Soldiers may suffer from mild anxiety after being away from home. To help, Soldiers will look to their peers or seek help from a behavioral health specialist. By having a behavioral health advocate available, it promotes the strength of the battle buddy system and the mantra that Soldiers take care of each other.
Maj. Alexander Ragan, the behavioral health officer for the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, provides behavioral health support to all Soldiers at the National Police Training Academy, in support of Operation United Assistance, but he can’t be with every group that enters the CMAs. read more>>>