[Ed. – One reader comment at Breitbart brings up a good point: if the military can mount this training for doctors and nurses, why can’t the civilian agencies do the same for our local hospitals?]
Joint Base San Antonio is hosting a variety of military units that are training to fight Ebola, both at home and in Africa. The effort involves units of both the Air Force, Navy, Marines and the Army.
This week a 30-person medical team began training to provide short-notice assistance to support civilian hospitals dealing with Ebola cases in the United States according to an article posted Wednesday in the Air Force Times. The team began their training at Joint Base San Antonio which is an amalgamation of Lackland and Randolph Air Force Bases along with Fort Sam Houston. …
DOD Secretary Chuck Hagel, earlier this week, ordered the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) to establish a military rapid response team for deployment inside the United States in order to be ready to respond to requests for assistance from civilian health authorities.
The team being trained in San Antonio consists of twenty critical care nurses, five doctors with specialized training in infectious diseases and five trainers who would be tasked with training civilian health care workers in infectious disease protocols. The team consists of fifteen soldiers, nine sailors and six airmen according to officials of NORTHCOM.
Once training is completed, the members of the team will return to their respective duty assignments. They will be tasked to deploy anywhere in the United States within 72 hours if they are needed.