101st commander says soldiers taking precautions

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) – The commander of the 101st Airborne Division says soldiers deployed to West Africa to build Ebola treatment centers are taking multiple precautions to avoid contracting the virus.

Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky says the roughly 700 Fort Campbell-based troops currently in Africa carry masks and latex gloves whenever they interact outside their operating base in Liberia. Volesky spoke Thursday to reporters via a teleconference at the post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. Volesky was scheduled to hold a similar session later in the day during a town hall meeting with families of service members.

The troops are among 3,000 troops the U.S. plans to send to Africa.

Families of some soldiers have expressed concerns about the deployment and how the soldiers will be handled before returning home.