Departing For United Assistance

Posted 1 November 2014
Photo by A1C Kedesha Pennant

More than thirty-five Airmen and two C-130Js from Dyess AFB, Texas, deployed on 29 October 2014 to provide tactical airlift support for Operation United Assistance, the US Government-sponsored effort to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. During their deployment, expected to last 120 days, Dyess Airmen will be tasked with moving supplies, medical equipment, and other materials as part of a comprehensive effort led by the US Agency for International Development. Team Dyess Airmen and aircraft will operate from Dakar, Senegal, and will be joined by an additional eighty Airmen and two C-130Js. The deployment will not require Dyess Airmen to treat or transport Ebola patients, or healthcare workers who have had direct contact with Ebola patients.


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