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101st Airborne Division cases colors, heads home to Fort Campbell after successful mission in Liberia

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionMonrovia, Liberia – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) cased its colors in a ceremony February 26th at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia, marking the end of Operation United Assistance for the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance and the Screaming Eagles.

The ceremony signified the successful completion of a five-month deployment to Liberia in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission to fight the spread of Ebola in western Africa.

The Screaming Eagles led the JFC-UA – the Department of Defense arm of the United State’s effort – was comprised of engineers, medical personnel, logisticians and others, which built Ebola treatment units, trained health care workers to staff the ETUs, and built a logistic infrastructure to supply the ETUs.

A joint color guard present arms, dipping the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) colors, during the playing of the national anthems of Liberia and the U.S. during the 101st’s color casing ceremony held at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia, Feb. 26, 2015. The final color casing represents the completion of the Joint Forces Command - United Assistance mission in Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance. (Spc. Rashene Mincy, 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera))

A joint color guard present arms, dipping the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) colors, during the playing of the national anthems of Liberia and the U.S. during the 101st’s color casing ceremony held at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia, Feb. 26, 2015. The final color casing represents the completion of the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance mission in Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance. (Spc. Rashene Mincy, 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera))

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Chaplain’s mission in Liberia very important to U.S. Soldiers

 

Written by Sgt. Ange Desinor
13th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandPaynesville, Liberia – Singing, clapping, praying and the reading of words in a Bible are all commonplace in a church service. That scene hasn’t changed, even in Liberia.

Major Alfred Grondski, chaplain for the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, provides religious support to all service members at the National Police Training Academy, in support of Operation United Assistance.

“I minister closely with people I work with,” said Grondski, a Trenton, New Jersey, native. “That usually doesn’t happen back in the states like it is here, because in garrison a lot of the Soldiers go to their home church; there isn’t a home church here. This gives us an opportunity to come together as a Family and worship.”

Chaplain Maj. Alfred Grondski, right, a Trenton, N.J., native, of Headquarters and Headquarters Brigade, 36th Engineer Brigade, briefs Soldiers about redeployment stresses they might endure when they get home, during the Operation United Assistance mission, at the National Police Training Academy, Payenesville, Liberia. Dec. 31, 2014. (Sgt. Ange Desinor 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

Chaplain Maj. Alfred Grondski, right, a Trenton, N.J., native, of Headquarters and Headquarters Brigade, 36th Engineer Brigade, briefs Soldiers about redeployment stresses they might endure when they get home, during the Operation United Assistance mission, at the National Police Training Academy, Payenesville, Liberia. Dec. 31, 2014. (Sgt. Ange Desinor 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Movement NCO ensures soldiers reach destination in Liberia

 

Written by Sgt. Ange Desinor
13th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandPaynesville, Liberia – Vehicles such as a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle wouldn’t be able to safely travel through the rough terrain, rigorous roads and congested traffic of Liberia.

So when 36th Engineer Brigade Soldiers deployed in support of Operation United Assistance have a mission outside of the National Police Training Academy in Paynesville, Liberia, there’s a solution – Staff Sgt. Jose Nieves.

Nieves, a movement noncommissioned officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, assigns drivers to the Soldiers going out on missions from the NPTA.

From left, Staff Sgt. Jose Nieves, a Bayamon, Puerto Rico, native and movement noncommissioned officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, talks to Haji A. Sheriff, a Liberia, Monrovia native and a driver, about his routes before he goes out on a mission to Buchanan, Liberia, Dec. 27, 2014, from the National Police Training Academy, Paynesville, Liberia, during Operation United Assistance. (Sgt. Ange Desinor, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

From left, Staff Sgt. Jose Nieves, a Bayamon, Puerto Rico, native and movement noncommissioned officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, talks to Haji A. Sheriff, a Liberia, Monrovia native and a driver, about his routes before he goes out on a mission to Buchanan, Liberia, Dec. 27, 2014, from the National Police Training Academy, Paynesville, Liberia, during Operation United Assistance. (Sgt. Ange Desinor, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

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U.S. Soldiers open Ebola treatment unit in Buchanan, Liberia

 

Written by Sgt. Ange Desinor
13th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandPaynesville, Liberia – Singing, clapping and dancing greeted Soldiers of the 36th Engineer Brigade, out of Fort Hood, Texas, as they walked up to a tent to attend the grand opening ceremony of the Ebola treatment unit near Buchanan, Liberia, December 22nd, as part of Operation United Assistance.

The Buchanan ETU was built by the 902nd Engineer Company Soldiers who supported 36th Engineer Brigade, and handed it over to the International Organization for Migration. The Soldiers of the 902nd Engineer Company built the ETU in 22 days. The IOM customized the facility for its needs before opening it to the public.

Dario Gonzalez, left, a medical director with the International Organization for Migration and a native of New York City, explains to Maj. Uzoma Aniniba, a Denver native, and the operations officer for the 36th Engineer Brigade, how the health care workers will archive the patients records electronically, after the grand opening ceremony of the Ebola treatment unit near Buchanan, Liberia, Dec. 22, 2014, as part of Operation United Assistance.  (Sgt. Ange Desinor 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

Dario Gonzalez, left, a medical director with the International Organization for Migration and a native of New York City, explains to Maj. Uzoma Aniniba, a Denver native, and the operations officer for the 36th Engineer Brigade, how the health care workers will archive the patients records electronically, after the grand opening ceremony of the Ebola treatment unit near Buchanan, Liberia, Dec. 22, 2014, as part of Operation United Assistance. (Sgt. Ange Desinor 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

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U.S. Soldiers deployed to Liberia celebrate the Holiday

 

Written by Sgt. Matthew Britton
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – The holiday season is among the service members deployed to Liberia in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission, Operation United Assistance.

Despite being away from their loved ones, together they remain mentally, spiritually and physically tough, and determined to enjoy the season.

Religious services for troops throughout the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance area of operations began December 16th with the start of Hanukkah. Along with traditional religious services, Liberian and the JFC-UA command organized a musical program at the Barclay Training Center here, to take in some Liberian culture with their allied partners.

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Behavioral Health helps Soldiers better manage stress in fight against Ebola

 

Written by Capt. Eric Hudson
7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandPaynesville, Liberia – It’s a common story for many deployed Soldiers. The stress from their deployment causes problems with their marriages and other relationships, which distracts them from their job as a Soldier. Helping Soldiers deal with that stress is where the Behavioral Health Team can play a vital role.

“We look at the stress levels of the force and help mitigate any symptoms that may be keeping them ineffective, ” said Maj. Alexander Ragan, Behavioral Health Officer for the 36th Engineer Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas.

Maj. Alexander Ragan, Behavior Health Officer for the 36th Engineer Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas speaks to a group of Soldiers about the importance of monitoring your overall health during the deployment to Liberia. Operation United Assistance is a Department of Defense operation in Liberia to provide logistics, training and engineering support to U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa. (Capt. Eric Hudson/U.S. Army)

Maj. Alexander Ragan, Behavior Health Officer for the 36th Engineer Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas speaks to a group of Soldiers about the importance of monitoring your overall health during the deployment to Liberia. Operation United Assistance is a Department of Defense operation in Liberia to provide logistics, training and engineering support to U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa. (Capt. Eric Hudson/U.S. Army)

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Former chimpanzee testing lab a hidden treasure in fighting Ebola in Liberia

 

Written by Sgt. Ange Desinor
13th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – What started off as a simple medical waste drop off, turned into a tour of the operations of a medical laboratory. Once a research facility, it’s now been retrofitted to accommodate testing of blood samples from patients believed to have Ebola.

Soldiers of the 36th Engineer Brigade took a tour at the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Medical Research, during Operation United Assistance mission, December 7th, Monrovia, Liberia.

Lt. Col. Kurt Schaecher, center, a Bettendorf, Iowa, native and a lab operations manager for the U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Disease, shows Soldiers of the 36th Engineer Brigade one of the testing kits used to test for Ebola at the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research, and how it operates during the Operation United Assistance mission, Dec. 6, 2014 Monrovia, Liberia. (Sgt. Ange Desinor, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

Lt. Col. Kurt Schaecher, center, a Bettendorf, Iowa, native and a lab operations manager for the U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Disease, shows Soldiers of the 36th Engineer Brigade one of the testing kits used to test for Ebola at the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research, and how it operates during the Operation United Assistance mission, Dec. 6, 2014 Monrovia, Liberia. (Sgt. Ange Desinor, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Joint Forces Command – United Assistance Service Member of the week: Cooking up Morale in Liberia

 

Written by Sgt. Matthew Britton
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – Meals Ready to Eat are convenient and essential for service members who are deployed to austere locations where hot chow isn’t yet available. In this situation, although necessary, eating MREs for long periods of time can become the catalyst for morale declining.

A hot bite to eat could be the difference between troops becoming complacent with risks that might be fatal, and staying alert – staying alive.

Specialist Shanice Wright, cook, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, Task Force Rugged, Fort Hood, Texas, has been recognized as the second Service Member of the Week, December 5th, supporting Joint Forces Command – United Assistance and the U.S. Agency for International Disease – led mission, Operation United Assistance.

Major General Gary Volesky, left, the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance commander, congratulates and gives a coin to Spc. Shanice Wright, cook, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, Task Force Rugged, Fort Hood, Texas, at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 05, 2014. Wright is the second troop to be recognized as the Service Member of the Week. (Sgt. Matt Britton 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

Major General Gary Volesky, left, the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance commander, congratulates and gives a coin to Spc. Shanice Wright, cook, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, Task Force Rugged, Fort Hood, Texas, at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 05, 2014. Wright is the second troop to be recognized as the Service Member of the Week. (Sgt. Matt Britton 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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U.S. Department of Defense team conducts weekly Ebola prevention class in Liberia

 

Written by Sgt. Ange Desinor
13th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandPaynesville, Liberia – Joint service Soldiers participated in a weekly class to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus. The Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team taught the class in support of Operation United Assistance, at the National Police Training Academy, Monrovia, Liberia, December 2nd, 2014.

“When the Ebola virus started, there weren’t enough health care workers to eradicate it,” said Maj. Retaunda Riley, an Ashmund, Georgia, native, the senior brigade physician assistance for the 36th Engineer Brigade. “With the permission of the Liberian government, we extended our support along with various agencies worldwide to help stop the virus.”

From left, Petty Officer 3rd Class Denzel Eleby, a Key West, Fla., native, Petty Officer 3rd Class Joanna Hambleton, Doyelstown, Pa., both instructors, hands Maj. Retaunda Riley, an Ashmund, Georgia, native, the senior brigade physician assistance with the 36th Engineer Brigade, her equipment for the weekly class offered by the Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team to teach and prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, in support of Operation United Assistance at the National Police Training Academy, Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 2, 2014. (Sgt. Ange Desinor, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

From left, Petty Officer 3rd Class Denzel Eleby, a Key West, Fla., native, Petty Officer 3rd Class Joanna Hambleton, Doyelstown, Pa., both instructors, hands Maj. Retaunda Riley, an Ashmund, Georgia, native, the senior brigade physician assistance with the 36th Engineer Brigade, her equipment for the weekly class offered by the Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team to teach and prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, in support of Operation United Assistance at the National Police Training Academy, Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 2, 2014. (Sgt. Ange Desinor, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

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36th Engineer Brigade Medic checks Soldiers health as they fight Ebola Virus in Liberia

 

Written by Sgt. Ange Desinor
13th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – Making sure Soldiers in Liberia fighting the Ebola virus are staying healthy is a top priority.

“Ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit,” said Sgt. Bethany Lose, a Lewistown, Pennsylvania, native and a combat medical health care specialist with 36th Engineer Brigade, to a Soldier as she checks his temperature, letting him know that it’s normal.

Lose and her medical team checks more than 750 Americans’ temperatures daily to make sure they are maintaining medical readiness and have no signs of the Ebola virus.

Sgt. Bethany Lose, a Lewistown, Pa., native and a combat medical health care specialist checks the heart beat of Spc. Jessica Arent, a Peterborough, N.H., native and a behavior health specialist, to make sure it's normal, during her mission in support of Joint Forces Command – United Assistance as part of Operation United Assistance at the National Police Training Academy, Monrovia, Liberia, Nov. 24, 2014. (Sgt. Ange Desinor, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

Sgt. Bethany Lose, a Lewistown, Pa., native and a combat medical health care specialist checks the heart beat of Spc. Jessica Arent, a Peterborough, N.H., native and a behavior health specialist, to make sure it’s normal, during her mission in support of Joint Forces Command – United Assistance as part of Operation United Assistance at the National Police Training Academy, Monrovia, Liberia, Nov. 24, 2014. (Sgt. Ange Desinor, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

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