AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Some of the Fort Gordon soldiers deployed to West Africa to help in the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak will start returning home soon, Army officials said.
The 35th Signal Brigade soldiers will start returning in small groups between now and the end of April, said Capt. Lindsay Roman, public affairs officer for the 35th Signal Brigade. They were originally scheduled to be deployed for six to nine months.
They are among the 1,300 remaining troops in West Africa who are fighting the deadly disease. The Department of Defense announced Tuesday that most of those troops will be back in the U.S. by April 30.
The Fort Gordon soldiers are part of a team that has been providing network operations support in Liberia and Senegal. They were not expected to have direct interaction with Ebola patients, but Roman said they will still be monitored when they return to the U.S. to make sure they didn't contract the disease.