US: Obama commends American military for Ebola response work

New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has commended the American forces
deployed to West Africa for their "remarkable work", in providing logistics support, engineering
expertise, construction services, and other elements needed to check the spread of the Ebola
epidemic.

The US State Department, in a statement to PANA in New York on Sunday, said Obama gave
the commendation in a telephone chat late Saturday with US service members in Liberia and
Senegal, who are taking part in "Operation United Assistance", the US military mission to
contain the Ebola outbreak.

The statement said: "President Obama, on behalf of the American people, offered his
profound gratitude to the dedicated men and women providing logistics support, engineering
expertise, construction services, and other elements needed to bring the epidemic under
control."

It said the US president underscored that the civilian-led, whole of government strategy to
tackle Ebola on the frontlines is the most effective way to prevent further spread of the
disease.

Obama concluded the call by noting that, "while we must not relent in this campaign,
initial signs of progress in Liberia were a testament to the skill and determination of these
service members and their civilian counterparts. Their service embodies American leadership
at its finest."

PANA recalled that the US government had in August deployed about 3,000 military men
and women to help bring the Ebola epidemic in West Africa under control.

The US Africa Command had set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia,
Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to US military activities and
facilitate coordination with he American government and international relief efforts.
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02 november 2014 18:13:47




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