The United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has given a green light to a new policy that will have all U.S. troops in “supervised isolation” upon their return from Ebola response missions in West Africa. The directive goes further than precautions the Obama administration has set out for civilians. However, President Obama has stated that the situation for the military is different than the one faced by civilians.
The recommendation Hagel has approved came from Gen. Martin Dempsey chairman of the U.S. Army Joint Chiefs of Staff. U.S. troops are in Senegal and Liberia in support of efforts to fight the virus.
By Gregory Baskin