Soldiers headed to West Africa left hanging out to dry

Our troops deserve nothing but the best. But for those traveling to West Africa, that’s not what they’re getting. Not even close. Nashville Public Radio reports (italics are mine): 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. “They don’t need the whole suit – as such – because they’re not going to be in contact with any of the people,” the commander of U.S. troops in Africa said. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne will primarily be building hospitals, ultimately leading what could be a contingent of 4,000 American service members. They’ll be housed either in tent cities at military airfields or in Liberian Ministry of Defense facilities, Rodriguez said. Soldiers’ health will be monitored through surveys and taking their...(Read Full Post)