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About 170 Southeast Kansas National Guard soldiers will deploy to West Africa in 2015 to fight Ebola

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Come spring of 2015, Major Justin Nusz will be in a new location to take part in the fight against the Ebola virus disease.  

"Any deployment is always a shock," he said. "And this one, you know, there is always a surprise factor to it."

Nusz will be among 170 Kansas National Guard Soldiers from the 891st battalion headquarters, headquarters company and field support company.

The mission is in part of Operation United Assistance, the US military response to support West Africa's battle against the disease.  

The 891st Engineer Battalion will go through a variety of training to prepare. This will include basic soldier skills to preventative medicine.

"Not only about the Ebola, but also malaria and other regional threats in the area."

As engineers, Major Nusz and his fellow soldiers will not have direct contact with the patients, but will play a supportive role in construction activities."

"We're going to be building clinics and also our own operating area. Place for the soldiers to live and operate out of."

While Nusz says any deployment is hard, the Ebola factor does not worry him too much.

'There's procedures in place," he said. "The fact that  there are already military forces over there doing this mission right now with no issues that we're going to be going in and relieving. So there are already procedures in place, medical, preventative medicine, that will keep our soldiers safe."

He asks that the american people support the soldiers and families during their missions

The soldiers will be deployed next spring for six months with the possibility of serving up to one year.


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