4 Mower Co. soldiers, Guard unit set to assist with Ebola

Published 12:05 pm Monday, November 17, 2014

Close to 700 members of the Minnesota Army National Guard — and reportedly four from Mower County — will be deployed to West Africa this spring to help with the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

The soldiers will be from the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, according to a statement from the Minnesota National Guard.

The Red Bulls will not treat Ebola patients, but will work with operations, logistics, personnel and resources in assistance to U.S. military forces that are supporting the United States Agency for International Development’s response.

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The troops will receive medical training to ensure they are protected from exposure to the virus.

“This mission highlights the versatility of the National Guard,” Army Maj. Gen. Neal Loidolt, commanding general of the 34th Infantry Division, said in a statement.