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.
Fort Campbell soldiers wearing hardhats and fatigues have already gotten to work in Liberia building Ebola treatment units.
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.
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.
The 700 soldiers are being sent to Liberia to build hospitals, but they will be working with locals who could be infected.
Roughly 700 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell will deploy to West Africa as part of the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak.
A former Fort Campbell inspector pleaded guilty today to charges of fraud. The soldier was accused of stealing the identities of deployed officers and taking out loans in their names.
A trio of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division will receive the Silver Star Friday during a ceremony at Fort Campbell. All three are being recognized for gallantry during a nighttime fire-fight in Afghanistan.
As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, more than a million service members are expected to leave the military over the next five years. Soldiers from Fort Campbell face an already challenging job market as they try to turn war experience into marketable skills.
Six members of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell were killed this week during an operation in Afghanistan involving as many as a thousand soldiers.
A 101st Airborne Division soldier died Wednesday in Afghanistan.
A Fort Campbell soldier was killed Friday by an explosion in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Three more soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division have died this month in Afghanistan.
Fort Campbell says two 101st Airborne Division soldiers died Friday in Afghanistan.
Friday, the Department of Defense released the name of the fifth Fort Campbell soldier killed by an improvised explosive device earlier this month in Afghanistan. The Army had already released the names of the four other soldiers killed in the June 7th attack in the Kunar province.
The Commanding General of the 101st Airborne says his troops are in one of the riskiest times of deployment.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai traveled to Fort Campbell today to speak directly with soldiers and thank them for their work in his country. Some were literally leaving for war today.