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Fort Bragg Soldiers Deploy To West Africa

Fort Bragg troops were among 100 soldiers sent to West Africa for a humanitarian aid mission.  We speak with Fort Bragg spokesperson Ben Abel about how the unit will help efforts to stem Ebola and precautions in place to protect the public upon their arrival back home.

On Monday November 10th, about 100 soldiers from North Carolina and Georgia deployed to West Africa to provide assistance to Ebola affected areas.  Of those troops, about 40 are stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville with the 50th Signal Battalion and the 27th Public Affairs Battalion.  The deployment is part of Operation United Assistance, to provide humanitarian and disaster help to people in West Africa.  According to the Department of Defense, as many as 4,000 service members could be deployed to Liberia as part of the effort.  This week, I spoke with Fort Bragg spokesperson Ben Abel about how the unit from North Carolina will help efforts to stem Ebola and precautions in place to protect the public upon their arrival back home.

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.