Written by Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
Paynesville, Liberia – The 86th Combat Support Hospital, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, deployed as Task Force Eagle Medic in support of Operation United Assistance, cased its colors February 12th during a ceremony at the National Police Training Academy, Paynesville.
Task Force Eagle Medic’s main mission in Liberia was to train health care workers to safely work in an Ebola treatment unit where suspected and confirmed Ebola patients receive care.
Col. Edward Bailey, commander of the 86th CSH, felt TF Eagle Medic accomplished everything asked of them and more, thanking all who contributed to the successful mission in his remarks during the ceremony.
“Most importantly, thank you to all the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen who served with Task Force Eagle Medic,” said Bailey.
During their deployment, TF Eagle Medic Soldiers, who served under the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, trained more than 1,500 health care workers.
They accomplished this through resident courses based out of Liberia’s National Police Training Academy, where their headquarters was located, and through mobile training teams, which ventured out into remote areas of the country to reach health care workers who couldn’t travel to the NPTA.
In attendance for the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, the JFC-UA commander. Volesky was proud of the work TF Eagle Medic accomplished across Liberia.
“This training empowered the government of Liberia and the Liberian people the ability to reduce human suffering caused by Ebola,” said Volesky to those who attended the ceremony. “It restored confidence inside local communities and provided trained experts to keep watch for any future Ebola outbreaks.”
The number one priority of the JFC-UA commander was force health protection, which Bailey said his team did a tremendous job of providing.
The Eagle Medic Soldiers also ran the Role II medical facility at Roberts International Airfield and provided personnel to assist and support patient care at Role I facilities located at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, the National Police Training Academy, and the life support area in Buchanan, said Bailey.
“This was a tremendous opportunity for the 86th CSH, and as we case our colors and execute our redeployment, we are already looking to our next rendezvous with destiny,” he said.
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