HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (CBS DC) – A family Thanksgiving dinner will have to wait for relatives of servicemen and women returning from the Ebola fight in West Africa.
The Pentagon has ordered that all troops returning from countries be quarantined for 21 days after returning to the U.S.
So rather than the waiting arms of their families and friends, 90 service members, including Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, went directly to the an isolated camp on the grounds of the Joint Base Langley-Eustis Langley Transit Center.
Base commander Colonel John Allen promises the quarantine area will be as comfortable as possible. And while they will miss Thanksgiving at home, Col. Allen told WTKR-TV they will not go hungry: “We are going to have a Thanksgiving meal for them. We are going to try to make Thanksgiving feel as normal as it can.”
While in quarantine, each servicemember will be assigned a “personal shopper” to get them things they may have missed while in Africa.
“We want it to be as positive of an experience as it can be,” assured Col. Allen.
He expects everyone to be given a clean bill of health after the 21 day quarantine period.
“None of them had exposure to the disease and unless you are symptomatic, you can`t spread the disease and none of them are symptomatic,” declared Col. Allen.
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