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101st Sustainment troops help open full-service post office in Liberia

 

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – For the families of Soldiers currently deployed as part of Joint Forces Command – United Assistance in Liberia, keeping connected to their loved ones deployed in West Africa is crucial. Already, families have been sending thousands of pounds of letters and packages, showing their support for their Soldiers by shipping little pieces of home to them.

On December 22nd, Soldiers deployed in support of Operation United Assistance were able to mail some love back. The first fully functional Army post office opened for business at Roberts International Airport in Monrovia, allowing Soldiers to buy flat rate boxes, apply postage and send their own care packages back home to their family and friends in the U.S.

Spc. Brandon Carr, right, native of Kinston, North Carolina, and postal specialist for the 18th Human Resources Company, 82nd Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, gives his ‘stamp of approval’ on a package that Spc. Savannah Martinez, left, native of Corpus Christi, Texas, and ammunition specialist for the 101st Sustainment Brigade, is sending home to her family in the now fully operational post office at Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 22, 014. The post office at RIA is the first fully functional Army post office to open in Liberia, allowing Soldiers deployed to there as part of Joint Forces Command – United Assistance to buy flat rate boxes, apply postage and send their own care packages back home to their family and friends in the U.S. 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. (Spc. Caitlyn Byrne/U.S. Army)

Spc. Brandon Carr, right, native of Kinston, North Carolina, and postal specialist for the 18th Human Resources Company, 82nd Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, gives his ‘stamp of approval’ on a package that Spc. Savannah Martinez, left, native of Corpus Christi, Texas, and ammunition specialist for the 101st Sustainment Brigade, is sending home to her family in the now fully operational post office at Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 22, 014. (Spc. Caitlyn Byrne/U.S. Army)

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Finance Soldiers support Operation United Assistance

 

Written by Sgt. Daniel Wyatt
16th Sustainment Brigade

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – U.S. Army 1st. Sgt. Kristopher Fowler conducted his final equipment checks before his departure to Liberia on October 10th. Fowler’s mission was to provide financial management support to Operation United Assistance, the humanitarian effort against the spread of the Ebola virus.

As one of two financial management support units in the entire U.S. Army to have a U.S. Treasury account, the 106th Financial Management Support Unit of the 16th Sustainment Brigade, is the only tactical finance support unit with expeditionary capabilities in the European and African theaters of operation.

U.S. Army 1st. Sgt. Kristopher Fowler conducted his final equipment checks before his departure to Liberia on Oct. 10. Fowler’s mission was to provide financial management support to Operation United Assistance, the humanitarian effort against the spread of the Ebola virus. (Sgt. Daniel Wyatt/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army 1st. Sgt. Kristopher Fowler conducted his final equipment checks before his departure to Liberia on Oct. 10. Fowler’s mission was to provide financial management support to Operation United Assistance, the humanitarian effort against the spread of the Ebola virus. (Sgt. Daniel Wyatt/U.S. Army)

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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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Joint Forces Command – United Assistance service member holds down her job and then some

 

Written by Sgt. Matthew Britton
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – Every job in the military has its own unique level of difficulty. Service members have come to learn that becoming an expert in their job doesn’t happen overnight but is instead crafted over time. Some even become proficient in their original jobs and those of others that they have little-to-no experience in. But troops adapt, overcome and just like the Army song, they keep on rolling along.

This week, Sgt. Yinette Lizardo, water purification specialist, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, was recognized for not only her own outstanding performance, but also the additional jobs she completed for the troops here.

Major General Gary Volesky, left, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Nowak, right, JFC-UA senior enlisted advisor, along with the rest of the command staff at the Barclay Training Center here, congratulates Sgt. Yinette Lizardo, water purification specialist, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, for being chosen as the service member of the week, Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 12, 2014. This is a weekly program that has been put in place to recognize service members’ hard work. 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. (Sgt. Matt Britton/U.S. Army)

Major General Gary Volesky, left, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Nowak, right, JFC-UA senior enlisted advisor, along with the rest of the command staff at the Barclay Training Center here, congratulates Sgt. Yinette Lizardo, water purification specialist, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, for being chosen as the service member of the week. (Sgt. Matt Britton/U.S. Army)

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