To get set for the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia, a total of three C-17 U.S. military aircrafts have so far flown into the country with assorted U.S. specially made military equipment and personnel for the anti-Ebola fight.
The download of the assorted military equipment and personnel is done ahead of the full deployment of the 3000 U.S Marines, more than 50 military personnel, including engineers and airfield specialists, are being brought in as part of the advance team.
The cargos that are being airlifted into the country in preparedness for the Ebola fight include heavy duty engineering equipment, medical supplies and other items.
The Commander of the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element stationed at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County, Major Matthew Rivera, says his mission at the airport is to ensure that supplies and troops are brought in safely for the smooth execution of their operations in the country.
A statement released from the United States Embassy near Monrovia indicated that additional large military aircraft, transporting more personnel and supplies, is expected to arrive in Monrovia in the coming days.
The coming of the U.S. military personnel is in fulfillment of the promise made by President Barack Obama in a speech on September 16 at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
It may be recalled that Major General Darryl Williams, in his capacity as Commander of the U.S. Army Africa and Operation United Assistance, arrived in Liberia last Tuesday.
Since his arrival, U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac and Major General Williams, have been holding a series of meetings with senior Liberian government officials to discuss the stepped up U.S. response to the Ebola crisis.