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KILLEEN (CBSDFW.COM) – Fort Hood troops train how to use protective gear before they head to Liberia and help contain the Ebola virus.
Army specialist Michael Potts, 29, says he feels ready. But that doesn’t mean the soldier from Saginaw, his wife and family aren’t concerned. “They’re pretty worried because this is something totally different.”
Colonel Heath Roscoe is the commander of the group of Army engineers who will build Ebola treatment units for Liberians who have the virus. “I think there’s some apprehension there. We had a town hall on Monday and addressed the families’ concerns and the soldiers’ concerns.”
He said they had a doctor discuss how Ebola is spread. When asked if families felt relieved, Colonel Roscoe said, “I think so.” In all, 500 troops from Fort Hood and 200 from Fort Bliss in El Paso will be deployed to Liberia some starting in the next few days. They could stay stationed there for up to one year.
Like every mission, the soldiers have to be trained how to use the protective gear. Not only how to put it on, but take it off as well.
On Thursday, Governor Perry addressed some of the troops heading out. “We’re proud of you. When you signed up to serve in the U.S. Army, this may not have been the role you’ve seen yourself play.”
“To be able to have a small, small part in doing something like this, it’s an honor,” said Specialist Potts.
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