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U.S. Military Confronts Latest Global Threat: Ebola

There is a new war before us. It is not the kind of war that we have been involved in over the last decade and a half, but it is a war with the potential for deadly consequences like no other. The war is against the Ebola Virus. The entire world has a very real self-interest in helping to contain this epidemic disease in west Africa where it began. in that effort, over 3,000 U.S. Marine and Army troops have been deployed to Liberia to add their considerable logistical and training skills to the current effort to contain and to defeat this potential world wide threat where it began.

Our military has the logistical experience necessary to set up and manage such a large effort rapidly, efficiently, and effectively. They can move large amounts of supplies and equipment and build the required physical facilities in a very short period of time. They can employ all of the most modern tools and technologies available. They also have the experience to train local medical and logistical personnel in the latest methods.

This battle against this deadly virus is as important as the battle that we are engaged in against the human plague of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. In fact, at the present moment, the Ebola virus has the potential of being far more dangerous and deadly and on a wider scale. It is imperative that this virus be contained and resolved where it began, before it can spread into the rest of the globe.

The reality of this effort was brought home to me while I was with my Bravo Co., 3rd Recon Bn, 3rd Marines at our reunion in Sparks, NV last month. One of my Marine brothers told me that his son, an Army Major and commanding officer of Co. D, 85th Civil Affairs Brigade, has been deployed with 30 of his soldiers to Liberia in Operation United Assistance. This contingent is out of Fort Stewart in Georgia.

U.S. Marines arrive in Liberia where mask-clad health workers greet them with thermometers.

Those who are being deployed will be carrying out many varied and important duties in the effort to contain this disease in west Africa, particularly Liberia, where it seems to be most virulent at this time. Their expertise in logistics, in building state-of-the-art medical and containment facilities, as well as in management of large efforts will be a great help to the local governments efforts in this matter.

These men and women now being deployed to Liberia are in our thoughts and prayers. We believe that they will be an essential and effective instruments in helping to defeat this disease in place.

The Veterans Site offers its thoughts and prayers to those who have been deployed. We believe that you are bringing to this effort the courage, the training, and the necessary skills that are so desperately needed at this time. Stay safe. And stay healthy.

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.