Army shows large tents The 82nd Airborne Division has established to provide accommodations for up to soldiers, shown March 17, at Fort Bragg, N. In one of Bragg's remote training areas, large prosttution have popped up over the last few days to house hundreds of 82nd Airborne Division troops that are returning to the base from Afghanistan and other Middle East deployments. Army photo by Sgt.
When their planes landed at Fort BlissTexas, they were herded into buses, denied water and the use of bathrooms, then quarantined in chat rooms like mocospace barracks, with little food or access to the outdoors.
The soldiers posted notes on social media about the poor conditions. Their complaints got quick attention from senior Army and Pentagon leaders.
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Now changes are under way at Fort Bliss and at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, where the first soldiers placed under quarantine also complained of poor, cramped conditions. Quarantining troops on military bases is becoming a greater challenge for military officials.
While continuing missions and training, they also have to try to prevent the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus by enforcing two-week quarantines of soldiers who have spent months overseas. In one of Bragg's remote training areas, large white tents have popped up over the past few days to house hundreds of 82nd Airborne Division troops returning to the base from Kf and Middle East deployments.
The tent city, being called Forward Operating Base Patriot FOB Patriotmaterialized californian seeking friendship overnight, after commanders realized the limits of the barracks when troops began arriving on Saturday. Pentagon chief spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters that Defense Secretary Mark Esper had heard about the problems and "his response is, we can do better and we need to do better.
This is something unusual unted all these bases to be handling, and they are doing the best they can.
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On Thursday, in an statement, Fort Bliss described changes that have been made. Fort Bliss leaders saw photos and immediately took action.
Fort Bliss said that the food service plan has already increased to give troops three hot meals a day and that soldiers are now getting donated snacks and are allowed to order food and have it delivered to a central location. The troops are also allowed to go outside more and will get more access blisa gym equipment. Another soldier at Bliss, who had been deployed to Kuwait, said in a message that the food has gotten better and troops are now allowed to go outside more.
But as they begin Day Six there, packages have been held up and there has been no access to laundry facilities. At Fort Bragg, some of the first soldiers to return on Saturday were sent to rooms in barracks that had been quickly emptied.
kijgdom Soldiers ly living in those rooms were moved to make room. According to officials, soldiers are being separated into groups that returned from overseas together for the two-week quarantine.
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But realizing the need for more space, the 82nd Airborne decided on Saturday to build a new facility, and on Monday morning the first tent stakes were being pounded into the ground. Because the area has been used for training in the past, workers were able to quickly bring in and hook up shower and toilet trailers and set up food tents and other facilities.
By Thursday, several hundred troops had already moved in. The 82nd Airborne's 3rd Brigade has been deployed to Afghanistan, and is steadily returning home. Members of the lbiss Brigade had gone to Kuwait and Iraq to help bolster security due to threats from Iranian-backed militias. Some members of that group have also come home.
According to Army Lt. Mike Burns, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne, FOB Patriot will be able to hold as many as soldiers, but s have been changing as adjustments blias made. He said Maj.
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Anyone who exhibits symptoms of the virus will go into isolation and medical treatment. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and blis. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.
According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about blss weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three weeks to six weeks to recover. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Latest Stories.