Hagel Authorizes 700 Soldiers For Liberia ‘Ebola’ Deployment

October 2, 2014 9:32 AM

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Hagel Authorizes 700 Soldiers For Liberia ‘Ebola’ Deployment

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has authorized the deployment of 700 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division headquarters element to Liberia to help with the Ebola epidemic there, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said yesterday.

The soldiers will deploy in late October, Kirby told reporters during a briefing, and they will become the headquarter staff for the joint forces command, led by Army Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky.

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