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Bragg soldiers who fought Ebola return home following medical quarantine

Posted January 22, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015

— About 20 Fort Bragg soldiers were reunited with their families Thursday after spending the first three weeks of the new year in medical quarantine.

"Who doesn't love their husband coming home early? That's the best news that you can ever get," said Jessica Britton, a soldier's wife.

The troops deployed to West Africa in November to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus, and they returned to the United States in the final days of 2014. 

They spent 21 days at a military base in Virginia to make sure they did not contract the disease. 

Before going to West African on the humanitarian mission, the troops had to learn how to put on protective gear from head to toe to keep them safe from the deadly virus. 

"It's a good mission. It's a feel-good mission," said Staff Sgt. David Meyer. "The people there were very appreciative, and to see their faces and how well they reacted was absolutely awesome. If you didn't feel good with what you were doing there, you need to be checked."

The troops were from a mix of units, including the 50th Signal Battalion. 

"My mission was commander of the 440th blood detachment," said Maj. Teresa Terry, who serves at Womack Army Medical Center. "Blood usage was very low in that population, so we were primarily there to train the Monrovian medical unit to establish their own blood operations."

Military reporters were also deployed to tell the Army's story.

They returned to a brief speech from Major General Jeffrey Smith, who is Fort Bragg's deputy commander, then released to their families.

"Oh, I couldn't wait. I couldn't wait just to see his face and know he's safe and we're OK," said Patricia Teahl, mother of a soldier.


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  • Floyd Bridges Jan 23, 2015
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    One thing is ironic in this Ebola story. A few years ago during the ObamaCare debate people cited a study saying that the U.S. ranked 35th in the world in health care quality. Even so, our country with a supposedly terrible medical system comes in and saves the day. Everyone wanted to come to the US for treatment, not Cuba, Venezuela, England or Sweden. Another Obama administration lie to sell Obamacare.

  • Fanny Chmelar Jan 22, 2015
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    Shhh. Facts get people riled up!

  • AnonyMouseLOL Jan 22, 2015

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    You think shooting at something is the only way to fight it? smh

  • AnonyMouseLOL Jan 22, 2015

    Welcome home valiant peacekeepers. Thank you for your service to our country and to others.

  • Betty Lanier Jan 22, 2015
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    They were safer in Quarantine. There is no Ebola danger, but we sure do have a flu epidemic ....

  • Obama-in-2016 Jan 22, 2015

    When you say they fought Ebola...does that mean they shot it?

  • Sally Bethune Jan 22, 2015
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    Welcome home! Fighting the good fight.