The Kentucky National Guard is sending 60 airmen to Senegal to help fight Ebola.
The airmen will establish a cargo-processing hub in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to battle Ebola in West Africa, according to a news release.
The airmen, assigned to the Louisville-based 123rd Contingency Response Group, which acts as an early responder in the event of a national emergency, departed Thursday afternoon. They took equipment to establish a hub at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar for accepting large quantities of cargo arriving on C-17 and C-5 aircraft, processing the material for staging, and loading the cargo onto smaller aircraft for distribution.
An advance team of eight Kentucky Air Guardsmen and one active-duty airman arrived in Senegal on Sunday to assess the airfield. The airmen will remain in West Africa as long as needed, the release said.