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101st Sustainment Brigade soldier recognized for dedication to mission in Liberia

 

Written by Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – Pfc. Jacob Anderson, a cargo specialist and Murrieta, California, native with the 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, was recognized by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of JFC-UA, for his exemplary performance while supporting Operation United Assistance, January 9th, 2015, at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia.

Each week a service member supporting OUA is formally recognized by Volesky, who awards him or her with a division coin, followed by a helicopter ride with the commander around the joint operations area.

Pfc. Jacob Anderson, a cargo specialist and Murrieta, Calif., native with the 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, is recognized by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of JFC-UA, for his exemplary performance while supporting Operation United Assistance, Jan. 9, 2015, at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

Pfc. Jacob Anderson, a cargo specialist and Murrieta, Calif., native with the 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, is recognized by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of JFC-UA, for his exemplary performance while supporting Operation United Assistance, Jan. 9, 2015, at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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U.S. Soldier ensures safety for hungry JFC-UA personnel

 

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – Spc. Rysper Sirma, food inspection specialist, 463rd Medical Detachment, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, was recognized by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of JFC-UA, for her exemplary performance while supporting Operation United Assistance, December 26th, 2014, at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia.

Each week a service member supporting OUA is formally recognized by Volesky, who awards him or her with a division coin, followed by a helicopter ride with the commander around the joint operations area.

Specialist Rysper Sirma, food inspection specialist, 463rd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services), Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, is recognized for her exemplary performance while supporting Operation United Assistance by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of JFC-UA, Dec. 26, 2014, at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia. Each week a service member supporting OUA is formally recognized by Volesky, who awards him or her with a division coin, followed by a helicopter ride with the commander around the joint operations area. 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. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods/U.S. Army)

Specialist Rysper Sirma, food inspection specialist, 463rd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services), Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, is recognized for her exemplary performance while supporting Operation United Assistance by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of JFC-UA, Dec. 26, 2014, at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods/U.S. Army)

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101st Sustainment Brigade Finance Soldiers bring cash to troops, boost morale in Liberia

 

Written by Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – Cashiers from the 101st Financial Management Support Unit, Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, have been traveling to various camps throughout Liberia to give service members the opportunity to withdraw cash from their paychecks.

Remote locations combined with a lack of established commercial infrastructure has resulted in the need to provide troops deployed to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance a way to access their money.

Spc. Jon Heien, right, cashier, 101st Financial Management Support Unit, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, dispenses cash to Pfc. Vashawn Robinson, military policeman, 194th Military Police Company, JFC– UA, at the Barclay Training Center, Dec. 15, 2014. Troops deployed to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance depend entirely on the finance unit to bring them cash in order to purchase goods. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

Spc. Jon Heien, right, cashier, 101st Financial Management Support Unit, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, dispenses cash to Pfc. Vashawn Robinson, military policeman, 194th Military Police Company, JFC– UA, at the Barclay Training Center, Dec. 15, 2014. Troops deployed to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance depend entirely on the finance unit to bring them cash in order to purchase goods. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Troops fight Ebola through Education and Training

 

Written by Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – A 34-year-old man enters an Ebola treatment unit speaking another language. He looks cold, sickly and frustrated.

An ETU volunteer is screening a woman for the Ebola Virus Disease and her test comes back positive. She is admitted into the ETU; however, she refuses to go with the clinicians because she has two small children waiting outside. She claims she is their only caretaker.

These are the types of scenarios happening in ETUs, and these scenarios are what ETU health care workers are prepared for during the five-day Ebola Treatment Unit Course led by the U.S. military, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, at the National Police Training Academy in Monrovia, Liberia.

Air Force Senior Airman Alexander Muniz, instructor, 86th Combat Support Hospital, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, teaches healthcare workers in the proper ways to remove their personal protective equipment at the National Police Training Academy, Monrovia, Liberia Nov. 18, 2014. The instructors are training and preparing the healthcare workers to work in an Ebola treatment unit. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance)

Air Force Senior Airman Alexander Muniz, instructor, 86th Combat Support Hospital, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, teaches healthcare workers in the proper ways to remove their personal protective equipment at the National Police Training Academy, Monrovia, Liberia Nov. 18, 2014. The instructors are training and preparing the healthcare workers to work in an Ebola treatment unit. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance)

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Malaria, not Ebola, biggest threat to U.S. Troops in Liberia

 

Written by Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – During the American Revolution, George Washington used part of the Continental Army’s scarce budget to purchase quinine for the treatment of malaria in his troops.

According to Professor Dale Smith, a military medical historian at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the U.S. military counted more than a half-million cases of malaria during World War II.

“This will be a long war, if for every division I have facing the enemy, I must count on a second division in the hospital with malaria, and a third division convalescing from this debilitating disease,” said Gen. Douglas MacArthur, commander of Allied Forces in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

The antimalarial medication Malarone was issued to service members deployed to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. In addition to antimalarial medication, troops deployed in support of OUA received special equipment and clothing to prevent mosquito bites and infection. Portions of this image were masked for privacy reasons. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

The antimalarial medication Malarone was issued to service members deployed to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. In addition to antimalarial medication, troops deployed in support of OUA received special equipment and clothing to prevent mosquito bites and infection. Portions of this image were masked for privacy reasons. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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