Oct 10, 2014 7:21 PM
WHITEFIELD - It's called Operation United Assistance - the United State's efforts in Africa to help stop the spread of the deadly ebola virus.
New Hampshire National Guardsman Brigadier General Peter Corey, a University of New Hampshire ROTC graduate, is there. He's among the thousands of U.S. troops in Africa.
Gen. Corey said, "The people that our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines are encountering are very grateful the United States Department of Defense is here, and they've given them some hope, and they're very happy to have us in the country getting after this problem."
It's a problem that's now killed at least
4,000 people in West Africa. Gen. Corey's at the center of the worst in Libera seeing it play out first hand.
Gen. Corey said, "Life pretty much goes on over here. They're still trying to go about their daily lives, and it's not like it's something you see on the streets in front of you every day."
The U.S. troops are building ebola treatment units that will help medical workers better diagnose and treat patients.
According to Gen. Corey, they don't have direct contact with ebola patients, so they feel relatively safe. He said, "We are taking multiple precautions. No bodily contact. No one here is shaking hands. We keep a distance, you know, a short separation from people."
Still, as a husband and father of three himself, no doubt his family here in New Hampshire is concerned.
The General said, "A couple of my children were quite concerned that I was going into an ebola infected environment, but after sitting down and talking they understand this is what I do for work and I have been to dangerous places before," said Gen. Corey.
Brig. Gen. Corey and his wife live in Whitefield. They have three children. He has been with the New Hampshire National Guard for 20 years.
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