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 Returning From Ebola Mission Will Spend 3 Weeks Quarantined In Texas

Fort Campbell Soldiers Returning From Ebola Mission Will Spend 3 Weeks Quarantined In Texas
Sgt. 1st Class Brian Smith and Capt. Eric Swett, both assigned to 101st Airborne Division watch a football game while at a USO facility in Monrovia, Liberia. Soldiers will also have some downtime as they complete a three-week isolation period. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rashene Mincy

Soldiers will be kept on task for eight hours a day as they wait out the incubation period of the Ebola virus.

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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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Dallas To Nashville Passengers Remain ‘Fairly Calm’ Despite On-Flight Ebola Scare

Dallas To Nashville Passengers Remain ‘Fairly Calm’ Despite On-Flight Ebola Scare
An American Airlines flight from Dallas taxied to a remote part of Nashville International Airport and only arrived at the gate after being given the all clear from the Centers for Disease Control. This photo is of a different plane. Credit: Aero Icarus via Flickr

A plane-load of passengers from Dallas sat on a runway in Nashville until early Monday morning waiting to see if someone who’d gotten sick mid-flight might have Ebola. They remained relatively calm despite the scare.

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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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Fort Campbell Troops On Ebola Mission Won’t Get Full Protective Gear

Fort Campbell Troops On Ebola Mission Won’t Get Full Protective Gear
Commander of U.S. Africa Command General David M. Rodriguez conducts a press briefing about the Department of Defense response to Ebola at the Pentagon Wednesday. Credit: Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

Troops from the 101st Airborne Division leading the military response to Ebola in West Africa will only need gloves and masks to protect themselves from the deadly virus, so said Gen. David Rodriguez at a Pentagon briefing Wednesday.

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Alexander Compares Ebola To A Fire, Says US Should Charge Toward The Flames

Alexander Compares Ebola To A Fire, Says US Should Charge Toward The Flames
Earlier this year, Alexander protested recent rule changes, saying in a floor speech that being a member of the minority party is increasingly like 'being asked to join the Grand Ole Opry and not being allowed to sing.' Image Source: Lamar Alexander/YouTube

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says US leaders need to take the deadly outbreak of Ebola as seriously as the militant group Islamic State.

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