101st Airborne receiving award for work fighting Ebola virus

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) – The 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell is being recognized for its efforts to fight the Ebola virus in Africa.

Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, heads to Fort Campbell on Thursday to present the Joint Meritorious Unit Award to the 101st.

The presentation will be Thursday morning at the post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line. Receiving the award for the division will be Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of the 101st and Fort Campbell; Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak, division command sergeant major; and staff.

The post said the award is being given for Operation United Assistance and successfully containing the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.

The honor is the second highest award an Army unit can receive, behind the Army Presidential Unit Citation.