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100 Marines Will Deploy To Liberia To Help With Ebola Outbreak (Video)

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Troops Deploy to Liberia

A group of Marines is headed into the heart of the Ebola outbreak. The Pentagon announced Wednesday that 100 Marines from the Special Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa is being deployed to Monrovia, Liberia:

[The Marines will] provide re-supply and refueling capabilities for DoD's support of the Ebola response.

The Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Command heading to Africa is based at Morón Air Base in Spain. The Associated Press adds:

The Marines will bring four MV-22 Ospreys and two KC-130 refueling aircraft to help get troops and supplies to remote locations.

They are part of the up to 4,000 U.S. troops authorized to deploy to Africa in the Ebola fight.
The Marines' deployment is not meant to be long-term, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby:
Their mission will be to “provide interim resupply and transportation support” for a few weeks until an Army unit arrives later this month to assume the mission in the longer term...

As Home Post has previously reported, the Sep. 11, 2012 attack of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi prompted the creation of the the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Command.

The unit gives the military the capability to immediately react to an international crisis that puts American personnel in harm's way...

...including conducting non-combatant evacuation, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and support to U.S. embassies, and other operations, missions and activities as directed by national and command leadership.