FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday there are encouraging signs of progress against the Ebola virus in West Africa, and he said the U.S. military can take some credit for containing it.
Hagel told a group of 101st Airborne Division soldiers Monday that it is too early to say when the U.S. military's Ebola mission in Liberia and Senegal will be finished.
"We're not at the end yet," he said.
Hagel toured the pre-deployment training that is given to soldiers before they go to West Africa. The soldiers are providing logistics and other support there but are not in direct contact with people infected with the virus. Nevertheless, soldiers are required to undergo 21 days of quarantine upon their return.
One soldier who has completed his training for deployment to Liberia, Sgt. Matthew Bartlett, told reporters his wife and children are "nervous, apprehensive" about him going.
A veteran of two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, Bartlett, 31, from Goldsboro, North Carolina, said he considers the Ebola mission less stressful by comparison.