United States Africa Command

Air Force Senior Airman Kyle Thompson, instructor, 86th Combat Support Hospital, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, listens to healthcare workers’ questions regarding Ebola treatment unit waste management at the National Police Training Academy, Monrovia, Liberia Nov. 18, 2014. The instructors are training and preparing the healthcare workers to work in ETUs in some of the most remote locations throughout areas affected by the Ebola outbreak. 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. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance Public Affairs/RELEASED) Troops fight Ebola through education and training The Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team offers classes at the NPTA as well as two mobile classes that go out to the more remote locations to train health care workers. Read more >
Mr. Ben Benson (far left), U.S. Africa Command's public affairs office, addresses questions from journalists from Botswana and Malawi during a tour of the Stuttgart Army Air Field, Nov. 19, 2014.  The journalists, along with a military public affairs officer from each country, were invited by AFRICOM Public Affairs and selected by U.S. embassy staff to participate in a program designed to enhance journalists' understanding of the command's mission and programs on the continent. Media Delegation Program Promotes Partnerships Ten journalists from Botswana and Malawi got an in-depth look at U.S. Africa Command during a visit to the AFRICOM headquarters Nov. 17-21, 2014. The journalists, along with a military public affairs officer from each country, attended as part of the AFRICOM Media Delegation Program. Read more >
Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, left, commanding general, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, visits the Buchanan Ebola Treatment Unit on its completion day, Nov. 21, 2014. Soldiers of the 902nd Engineer Battalion, out of Grafenwoehr, Germany, completed the Buchanan ETU in support of 36th Engineer Brigade and the JFC-UA as part of Operation United Assistance. 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. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ange Desinor, 13th Public Affair Detachment /RELEASED)
First Army built ETU opens in Buchanan Soldiers of the 902nd Engineer Battalion, out of Grafenwoehr, Germany, completed the Buchanan Ebola Treatment Unit in support of 36th Engineer Brigade and the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance as part of Operation United Assistance, Nov. 21. Read more >
Maj. John Dills (left), the 36th Engineer Brigade chief of current operations, helps zip and close Sgt. 1st Class Venrick James' (right), a 36th Engineer Brigade Soldier, Tyvek protective suit around his M40 protective mask during training inside the Medical Skills Training Center at Fort Hood, Texas, Thursday. The Soldiers are trained to work in buddy teams to put on and take off their protective equipment - this is meant to minimize the chance contaminating the inside of the equipment. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallace) DLA Troop Support sends PPE to Liberia The Defense Logistics Agency will send more than 1.5 million critically needed medical personal protective sets to American aid workers working to contain the Ebola virus in West Africa, the agency team lead in Liberia said. Read more >
Machinery Technician Third Class Janneh Felix (right center) assists service members with the La Marine Nationale Mauritanienne (Mauritanian Navy) in reinstalling the lower unit of an outboard motor. Felix is a Coast Guardsmen with SPMAGTF-Crisis Response-Africa who was deployed to Mauritania to conduct an outboard motor maintenance course with service members from the La Marine Nationale Mauritanienne, Nov. 13, 2014. (Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Vadala) U.S. Forces aid in Mauritanian Boat Maintenance Partnerships have developed between service members from several military branches during recent theater security cooperation training evolutions. Read more >
AFRICOM Update, Episode 33 In this week's AFRICOM Update, senior policy fellows from the Council on Foreign Relations meet with AFRICOM leaders, while journalists from the countries Malawi and Botswana get an inside look at AFRICOM headquarters. Read more >