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101st Airborne won’t get hazmat suits

18 Oct, 2014

AfriCom commander Gen. David Rodriguez says at a Pentagon briefing that troops with the division, known for its role on D-Day and fighting the Iraq War under Gen. Petraeus, will only need gloves and masks.

They don’t need the whole suit – as such – because they’re not going to be in contact with any of the people.

Rodriguez says the 101st Airborne will primarily be building hospitals, ultimately leading what could be a contingent of 4,000 American service members. They’ll be housed either in tent cities at military airfields or in Liberian Ministry of Defense facilities. Their health will be monitored through surveys and taking their temperature on their way in and out of camps. If a service member does get sick, they will be flown home immediately for treatment.