One hundred Fort Campbell soldiers will finally be able to hug their families Tuesday after a months-long deployment in response to Ebola. They’ve been at Fort Bliss, Texas, for the last three weeks waiting out the virus’s incubation period.
Like with any other mission, soldiers say they’re ready to be with their families and get back to their routines. Sgt. Maj. Thomas Pollack of the 101st Airborne Division says he plans to spend some time outside.
“Haven’t seen the sun very much. Probably a little pasty white," he says in a Pentagon-produced video. "Looking forward to seeing the sun. Probably will do that on the golf course.”
In West Africa, Pollack was holed up in a command center collating data. Other soldiers were in the hot Liberian sun, building field hospitals and training health workers. While no one was supposed to come into contact with infected patients, the military added the 21-day stateside quarantine just to be safe.
A total of 700 soldiers from Fort Campbell went to Liberia, and many are still there, waiting to hear – as early as this week – whether their mission might involve another stop in neighboring Guinea to aid the Ebola response there.