Obama Mobilizes National Guard, Army Reserves To Fight Ebola

With numerous counties and states having declared "States of Disaster" or "States of Emergency", the looming civil rights destruction of martial law domestically draws ever closer.

However, President Obama has decided that, by Executive order:

  • *OBAMA ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER FOR ARMED FORCES IN WEST AFRICA

  • *OBAMA TO ACTIVATE INDIVIDUAL READY RESERVE FOR EBOLA

What is The Individual Ready Reserve? (via Wikipedia)

The Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)is a category of the Ready Reserve of the Reserve Component of the Armed Forces of the United States composed of former active duty or reserve military personnel and is authorized under 10 U.S.C. ch. 1005.

 

 

For soldiers in the National Guard of the United States, its counterpart is the Inactive National Guard (ING). As of 22 June 2004, the IRR had approximately 112,000 members (does not include all service IRR populations) composed of enlisted personnel and officers, with more than 200 Military Occupational Specialties are represented, including combat arms, combat support, and combat service support.

*  *  *

In other words, we are sending Vets and reservists to Africa... where they are expected to do what? Shoot at viruses?

*  *  *

BUT they will come into contact with Ebola:

Via Bloomberg Transcript,

 
 

KIRBY: Afternoon, everybody. I'm proud to welcome into the briefing room General David Rodriguez, commander of Africa Command. He's here to give you an update on U.S. contributions to the effort against Ebola -- U.S. military contributions to the effort against Ebola in West Africa. And with that, sir, I'll turn it over to you.

 

QUESTION: Just a clarification on that, please. Will they be in contact with individuals or just specimens?

 

GENERAL DAVID M. RODRIGUEZ (USA), COMMANDER, U.S. AFRICA COMMAND: They come in contact with the individuals and they do that. And they're -- like I said, it's a -- it's a very, very high standard that these people have operated in all their lives, and this is their primary skill. This is not a -- you know, just medical guys trained to do this. This is what they do for a living.

*  *  *

As USA Today reports,

President Obama has issued an executive order calling up ready reserve troops to combat the Ebola crisis in Africa.

 

Obama notified Congress of his order Thursday. It reads: "I hereby determine that it is necessary to augment the active Armed Forces of the United States for the effective conduct of Operation United Assistance, which is providing support to civilian-led humanitarian assistance and consequence management support related to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa."

 

The Pentagon said it had no immediate plans to send reservists to Africa, saying that the order simply allows the military to begin utilizing reserve/guard forces in our overall response in Northern Africa.

 

It "doesn't mean that we are deploying these forces, but it gives us the option to do so if we need to," said Air FOrcer Lt. Col. Thomas Crosson, a Pentagon spokesman.

 

The White House said it didn't know exactly how many reserve troops would eventually be required.

*  *  *