Some Fort Campbell Soldiers Fighting Ebola May Have To Stay In West Africa

Some Fort Campbell Soldiers Fighting Ebola May Have To Stay In West Africa
Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, right, greets a soldier in Liberia. No handshakes in an Ebola zone. Credit: Joint Forces Command United Assistance

More soldiers from the 101st airborne division will be coming home from Liberia in early February. But the rest are waiting to hear whether the mission to fight Ebola is over — or whether they’ll be sent to a different part of West Africa.

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Fort Campbell Soldiers In Liberia Knew 21-Day Isolation Was Likely

Fort Campbell Soldiers In Liberia Knew 21-Day Isolation Was Likely
Soldiers at Fort Campbell listen to briefings Thursday before leaving for Liberia later this month. Soldiers have been told they won't be in contact with the local population, but they are learning how to wear protective gear just in case. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

The Pentagon says a dozen soldiers – including a two-star general – are being held on a base in Italy before being allowed to come home. The Department of Defense says this will be the policy for the time being, though it’s not required by Pentagon guidelines.

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Some 101st Airborne Troops Fear Ebola More Than Enemy Fighters

Some 101st Airborne Troops Fear Ebola More Than Enemy Fighters
Soldiers at Fort Campbell listen to briefings Thursday before leaving for Liberia later this month. Soldiers have been told they won't be in contact with the local population, but they are learning how to wear protective gear just in case. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

One of the military’s most heavily deployed Army divisions since 9/11 is prepping for a mission where flack jackets will do very little and rubber gloves save a lives. The 101st Airborne leaves for Liberia over the next few weeks. And soldiers say in some ways, Ebola is a more intimidating enemy than insurgents.

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In Shrinking Army, Former 101st Commander Says There Won’t Be Room For Everyone

In Shrinking Army, Former 101st Commander Says There Won’t Be Room For Everyone
Gen. John Campbell has had a quick rise, leaving the 101st Airborne in 2011 as a Major General (two star). He became a four star in March when he became the Army's vice chief of staff, making him effectively the third-ranking officer in the Army. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Gen. John Campbell has had a quick rise, leaving the 101st Airborne in 2011 as a Major General (two star). He became a four star in March when he became the Army's vice chief of staff, making him effectively the third-ranking officer in the Army. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN
Gen. John Campbell has had a quick rise, leaving the 101st Airborne in 2011 as a Major General (two star). He became a four star in March when he became the Army’s vice chief of staff, making him effectively the third-ranking officer in the Army. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

The former commander of Fort Campbell is back on post this week preparing to help the Army slim down. He says some who thought they’d make a career of the military will have to leave.
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