More Shipments of the Stepped Up U.S. Response to Ebola Arrive in Liberia

A U.S. Military vehicle carrying supplies from one of the aircraft at RIA

A total of three C-17 U.S. military aircrafts have so far flown into Liberia with assorted U.S. military equipment and personnel for the anti-Ebola fight.

More than 50 military personnel, including engineers and airfield specialists, have been brought in as part of the advance team.

The cargo includes heavy duty engineering equipment, medical supplies, and other items.

The Commander of the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, Major Matthew Rivera, says his mission at the airport is to ensure supplies and troops are brought in safely for the smooth execution of their operation.

Additional large military aircraft, transporting more personnel and supplies, are expected to arrive in Monrovia in the coming days in fulfilment of the promise made by President Barack Obama in a speech September 16 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

A forklift taking supplies from one of the aircraft to a vehicle at RIA

Major General Darryl Williams, in his capacity as Commander of U.S. Army Africa and Operation United Assistance, arrived in Liberia last Tuesday.  During the past week, U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac and Major General Williams have been meeting with senior Liberian government officials to discuss the stepped up U.S. response to the Ebola crisis.