“Army leadership” unexpectedly decided to quarantine U.S. Army Africa troops as they returned to Italy from a mission in Liberia because they wanted to “reassure both our soldiers and family members,” Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams said by videoconference Tuesday.
Any servicemember falling ill with Ebola during deployment to Liberia will likely be evacuated the same way other Ebola patients already have been transported to the U.S. and Europe: on a jet specially equipped to provide treatment and prevent transmission of the disease.
Top U.S. officials in Liberia rejected perceptions Wednesday that aid to those suffering from the Ebola virus was coming too slowly, saying that despite many obstacles, they’re finally seeing signs of progress.
Soldiers sent to Liberia to assist in fighting an Ebola epidemic that experts say could kill hundreds of thousands face minimal chance of contracting the deadly disease, U.S. Army Africa’s commander assured concerned families Tuesday.
An already tough fiscal environment prompting proposed benefit cuts would get far worse if Congress does not repeal another round of sequestration in 2016, a top U.S. Defense Department official warned military spouses and civilians at town meetings.
A military judge presiding over a closely watched Air Force rape case said he’ll dismiss the case unless he’s able to review top Air Force officials’ email correspondence in which they discussed the matter.
The U.S. is poised to ramp up military support for Iraq if a new, inclusive government takes shape. Even that won’t be enough to beat back rampaging Islamic militants unless something extraordinary happens: Iraq mends age-old sectarian rifts, experts say.
Nancy Montgomery joined Stars and Stripes in 2004 and is based in Heidelberg, Germany. She is a 1982 graduate of the University of Arizona and previously covered courts, politics, education, police, city government and features at the Seattle Times and the Anchorage Daily News. She also spent a year in Yokosuka, Japan, for Stars and Stripes.
Utrecht, Netherlands makes a good bet for lovers of indie music Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 20-23, as the festival known as Le Guess Who? hosts both established bands and up-and-coming acts in 15 venues.