United States Africa Command

Maj. Mayra Zapata gets her temperature taken by Tech. Sgt. Saquadrea Crosby as she deplanes a C-130J Super Hercules Oct. 19, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Any personnel traveling into Ramstein AB from Ebola-affected areas will be medically screened upon their arrival and cleared by public health for onward travel to ensure the health and safety of all passengers, aircrew and members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community. Zapata is assigned to the 633rd Medical Operations Squadron and Crosby is a 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health NCO in charge. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sara Keller) AFRICOM Update, Episode 29 This week's AFRICOM UPDATE continue to focus on Operation United Assistance. Support from the U.S. government continues to stream into West Africa as the region suffers through the worst Ebola Outbreak in human history. Read more >
A U.S. airman assigned to the Joint Task Force-Port Opening team at Roberts International Airport in Monrovia, Liberia, checks the temperature of military personnel entering the airport as a safety precaution during Operation United Assistance, Oct. 16, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez. Health Chief Outlines Precautions for Ebola Response Troops Fighting the West Africa Ebola epidemic is immediately and strategically important to the United States, and the Defense Department is taking every precaution to minimize risk to deployed troops, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said in a recent interview. Read more >
Tech. Sgt. Saquadrea Crosby gets fitted for an N95 respirator by Airman 1st Class Aaron Gonzalez Oct. 17, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The N95 respirator is a device that is used to help prevent the spread of germs (viruses and bacteria) from one person to another. As members of the 86th Airlift Wing continue to support missions for Operation United Assistance, Airmen who are expected to interact with returnees from Ebola affected areas will be fitted for the N95 respirators. Crosby is the 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health NCO in charge and Gonzalez is an 86th Bioenvironmental Engineering technician. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sara Keller) Ramstein Airmen support Ebola fight, mitigate risks at home As service members travel to Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, Ramstein Air Base continues to establish itself as a power projection platform for Europe and Africa. Read more >
Dempsey video aims to calm troops’ Ebola fears 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army General Martin E. Dempsey talks about the U.S. military mission in West Africa as well as precautions in place to ensure the safety of the service members addressing the Ebola crisis. Read more >
Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group carry whole blood to a waiting U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, Oct. 22, 2014. The blood is being sent to Liberia to support U.S. troops deployed for Operation United Assistance, the U.S. Agency for International Development-led, whole-of-government effort to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer) Service Members in Senegal Help Transport Supplies, Personnel in Support of OUA Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group provide support in carrying and transporting supplies at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal. Read more >
141018-Z-VT419-205: U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (right), commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, speaks with Lt. Col. Bruce Bancroft (left) and Col. David Mounkes of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group Oct. 18, 2014, during a tour of the Joint Operations Center for Joint Task Force-Port Opening Senegal at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal. The JTF-PO is funneling humanitarian supplies and military support into West Africa as part of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to fight Ebola. Volesky will serve as the new commander of the U.S. military’s Operation United Assistance Joint Forces Command, headquartered in Liberia, where the Army is sending 3,000 Soldiers to support the USAID-led, whole-of-government effort to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer/Released) 101st ABN en route to Liberia U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (right), commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, speaks with Lt. Col. Bruce Bancroft (left) and Col. David Mounkes of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group Oct. 18, 2014, during a tour of the Joint Operations Center. Read more >