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Minnesota National Guard Soldiers to deploy to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance

OUA In September 2014 President Barack Obama issued an executive order authorizing the Department of Defense to mobilize National Guard personnel in support of Operation United Assistance, the military effort to provide humanitarian relief to curb the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa

Nearly 300 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers from the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division and 50 Airmen from the St Paul-based 133rd Airlift Wing will deploy to support humanitarian relief in Liberia in spring 2015 The 34th ID will provide command and control of US military forces supporting the United States Agency for International Development's response to the outbreak in the region, and the Wing will provide tactical airlift support

According to November 2014 figures, more than 14,000 people have been infected and more than 5,000 have died of the Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

The Red Bulls will provide specialized staff expertise for the Department of Defense's personnel on the ground The 34th ID, a versatile force having completed peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Kosovo, and war-fighting missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, has the ability to lead military forces in this type of operation

All Soldiers and Airmen deploying to West Africa will receive specific medical training - developed in conjunction with the Department of Defense - and utilize personal protective equipment to ensure they are safeguarded Personnel will not be directly involved in the treatment of Ebola-stricken patients

Since the outbreak, Minnesota has been preparing for a verified case of Ebola in the state The Minnesota National Guard is collaborating with the Minnesota Departments of Health, Public Safety, Management and Budget, and other state agencies to enhance preparedness for a coordinated state response

Watch the press conference announcing the Division's deployment here:

Read the transcript of the press conference here

Additional articles

Red Bull headquarters prepares for deployment to West Africa

MEDIA ADVISORY: Minnesota National Guard Soldiers to deploy to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance

Guard units from six states will begin training for Ebola-relief mission in West Africa

Department of the Army Identifies ARNG and USAR Units for OUA Rotation

Hagel Mobilizes Reserve Forces in Support of Operation United Assistance

Related Links

Africom Operation United Assistance

Centers for Disease Control Ebola information

DoD Operation United Assistance

Ebola Fact Sheet for Families of Deploying Personnel.pdf

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World Health Organization Ebola information

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