Langley-Eustis service members fighting Ebola in West Africa

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 633rd Medical Group stationed at Langley Air Force Base, Va., begin construction on the Monrovia Medical Unit site in Monrovia, Liberia on Oct. 7. The MMU is being constructed in the event that any of the medical workers in the area catch Ebola while assisting in Operation United Assistance. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government organization for Operation United Assistance. U.S. Africa Command is supporting the effort by providing command and control, logistics, training and engineering assets to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West African nations. (U.S. Army Africa photo by Pfc. Craig Philbrick)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Local service members from Joint Base Langley-Eustis are preparing to join the fight against Ebola.

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Wednesday, members of the 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) at Fort Eustis went through pre-deployment training. According to Alton Dunham, an Air Force spokesman, this group will deploy in a few weeks to sustain USAID’s efforts in West Africa through logistical support, providing supplies and equipment to help local healthcare workers care for Ebola patients.

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Langley Air Force Base already has some personnel in West Africa, supporting humanitarian relief operations. About 30 members of the 633rd medical group left Sept. 26 to set up an EMED facility, which is basically a small modular hospital. The service members won’t be treating any patients. They will also train international healthcare providers how the EMED facility works and will return to the U.S. when they complete that training.

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The EMED facility can be used for a variety of purposes, but this is the first time it has been used for humanitarian aid, Dunham said.

For service members and their families, click this link for a wealth of information about Ebola.

Watch the 53rd Transportation Battalion prepare for deployment in the video below (Video produced by Airman First Class Kristina LaCoste, 633rd ABW/PA –Langley Air Force Base, Virginia).

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