COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - After a four month deployment in West Africa to help combat Ebola, soldiers from the 463rd Medical Detachment have returned home to Fort Benning Monday, March 23.
Their mission was to help the Liberian government contain the spread of Ebola and launch treatment units throughout the country.
During their four-month deployment, the 463rd participated in over 250 missions and logged over 5,000 road miles across Liberia and Senegal.
They inspected over $4 million in food rations, conducted more than 90 dining facility sanitation assessments, inspected five warehouses, conducted sanitation audits and five disease outbreak investigations.
"We're proud our unit was able to participate in this very good cause. I think the Liberian people were very happy we were there and the fact we made a difference coming back and there was a difference, a change in the environment itself and people's attitudes,” explains Sgt. Elmer Cabana.
The 463rd is one of eight active Army veterinary detachments in the United States, Europe and Asia.
The unit has a dual mission of animal medicine and food and safety inspection support.
Soldiers spent the past three weeks in "quarantine" at a facility in Virginia where they executed a strict redeployment protocol for units returning from deployments in Western Africa.