U.S. European Command continues to support Operation United Assistance and remains focused on the mission’s top priority of preventing the spread of Ebola.
At the request of the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. European Command is moving forward to prepare a Controlled Monitoring Area at USAG Rheinland-Pfalz/Baumholder Military Community for military personnel returning from the Ebola outbreak areas in western Africa.
We have been consulting with the German government to work through all the issues necessary to mitigate any concerns and ensure that our actions are fully in line with German policies and laws. Use of the Baumholder facility is contingent upon host nation approval. We are grateful to the Government of Germany for its assistance in confronting this global health concern.
It is DOD policy that all service members that would undergo controlled monitoring at this site will have had no known exposure or direct contact with Ebola-infected patients during their deployment. Controlled monitoring is an added precaution to guarantee the clean bill of health of all service members before they reintegrate into their workplaces and communities. These measures will also safeguard the health of German citizens in the Baumholder community.