United States Africa Command

AFRICOM Update, Episode 30 In this week's AFRICOM update, we bring you the latest on Operation United Assistance as well as a sneak peak of a conference at AFRICOM headquarters. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts reporting. Read more >
Capt. Stacey Morgan dons protective gloves during infection prevention and control training at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio. Morgan is part of a 30-member Ebola medical support team designed to assist civilian medical agencies when requested by the Department of Health and Human Services and approved by the Secretary of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen) 

See more at: http://airman.dodlive.mil/2014/10/quick-response/#sthash.a8QWF1T5.dpuf DoD establishes Ebola medical support team When Capt. Stacey Morgan’s squadron commander sent her a text message saying that she needed to immediately call him, her first thought was, “Uh-oh. What did I do?” But after a minute or two of talking to her commander, she was asked by her to become a member of a 30-person military Ebola medical support team. Read more >
Defense Department officials establish Ebola medical support team At the request of the Department of Health and Human Services, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered U.S. Northern Command to establish a military team that could respond quickly, effectively and safely in the event of new cases of Ebola in the country. Read more >
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Winkelman, Team 3, Charlie Company, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion medic, forward deployed from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, discusses the PMESII-ASCOPE Crosswalk with a small group of Burundi National Defense Force soldiers at Gukumba Training Area in Bujumbura, Burundi, Sept. 11, 2014. The soldiers participated in the two-week civil military cooperation engagement intended to enhance the understanding of counter insurgency and civil military operations in preparation for their support of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The chart they are creating is a way to assess the operational environment by looking at the political, military, economic, social, information, infrastructure, area, structures, capabilities, organizations, people, and events in a simple visual aide. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford) Civil Affairs Soldiers bring Civil Military Cooperation solutions to Burundi Civil Affairs Team 0733 from Charlie Company, 407th Civil Affairs battalion recently trained 25 Burundian National Defense Force Soldiers in the art of Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC). Read more >
Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, Commander of the 101st Airborne Division, and Sgt. Maj. Kirk Hines, acting Command Sgt. Maj. of the 101st in Liberia, uncase their colors during the transfer of authority ceremony and assume command of Joint Forces Command Operation United Assistance in Monrovia, Liberia, Oct 25. Army General Takes Command of Ebola Response Operation Army Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, 101st Airborne Division commander, in Monrovia, Liberia, assumed command of Joint Forces Command – Operation United Assistance and the fight against Ebola in West Africa. 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 >