Bragg troops leave to help in fight against Ebola

Nov 16, 2014 12:36 PM by News Staff

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Fort Bragg soldiers flying to West Africa to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus say they're eager to serve in a humanitarian mission.

The Fayetteville Observer reported about 20 soldiers from the 50th Signal Battalion left Saturday for Senegal, where they'll build a communications network for humanitarian groups.

Fort Bragg soldiers from the battalion and the 27th Public Affairs Detachment deployed earlier for Liberia. Officials have said the soldiers will have little to no contact with Ebola victims.

This is the third deployment for Sgt. Gerald Burris, who also served in Iraq and Afghanistan in combat roles. He says he believes in the mission and the U.S. role in the response.

Officials say when the soldiers return home, they'll be in quarantine for 21 days.

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