In an effort to help fight against the Ebola virus, the US Defense Secretary has ordered that come spring 2015, Minnesota National Guard will send 700 of their soldiers to West Africa. While they will not be responsible for treatments given to Ebola patients, the soldiers will be there to synchronize the operations, logistics, personnel, and resources in the area. The adjutant General of the Minnesota National guard, Army Major Rick Nash, has stated that, “Our mission will be to 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.” The Guard has expressed that they are, “confident that our Citizen-Soldiers are up to the task of providing humanitarian aid in Western Africa,” and that, “Extra steps are being taken to protect the Soldiers’ health, including personnel protective equipment and educating the Soldiers about the diseases prevalent in the area.”
The soldiers, coming from the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will be heading down to Liberia in Spring of 2015 for roughly six months.
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