(NaturalNews) U.S. troops ordered by the President to Ebola-stricken West Africa are going to be sent with the best protective equipment available, right? That might be what you’d expect from the most powerful, best-equipped fighting force that the world has ever seen, but you’d be wrong.
In fact, according to reports, troops from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division who are being sent to the Ebola zone won’t be getting full protective hazmat clothing and suits for their mission. As Britain’s Daily Mail reported:
Instead, the troops will be given only masks and gloves to protect them from the potentially fatal virus, General David Rodriguez said at a Pentagon briefing.
The Kentucky-based Army division is being sent to Liberia to help coordinate the response to the epidemic, and will primarily be building hospitals and treatment and training centers.
Troops trained in donning hazmat suits but won’t get them in-country
Gen. David Rodriguez, commander of AFRICOM, the U.S. Army command in charge of the operation, said that troops will not need full protective clothing and gear because they would not be coming into direct contact with anyone who has already been infected with Ebola.
“They don’t need the whole suit — as such — because they’re not going to be in contact with any of the people,” he said, according to Nashville Public Radio.
But as seasoned Army generals, surely Rodriguez and his Africa mission ground commander, Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, know that missions change — and that the dynamic of the battlefield can change quickly, as can the dynamic of a relief mission. Perhaps that’s why, as the Daily Mail pointed out, 101st Airborne Division troops being sent on the mission trained in the donning and wearing of full protective hazmat gear a week ago. Earlier reports also said troops were only getting a maximum of four hours’ worth of training on the virus, how to handle it and what it can do.
Written by J. D. Heyes
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