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One of the military’s most heavily deployed Army divisions since 9/11 is prepping for a mission where flack jackets will do very little and rubber gloves save lives. The 101st Airborne leaves for Liberia over the next few weeks. And soldiers say in some ways, Ebola is a more intimidating enemy than insurgents.

“I mean, it’s nice that we’re not worried about getting shot at. But the threat is everywhere now,” says Spec. Cody Adams, an MP who got back from Afghanistan a year ago.

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The U.S. Army is sending about 700 soldiers from the 101st Airborne to Liberia to aid in handling the Ebola outbreak. 

Fort Campbell Spokesperson Master Sergeant Brian Sipp says the deployment's length is undetermined and will depend on the situation's development.  If a soldier was infected with Ebola while in Liberia, Sipp says he is currently unsure of the procedure.

Fort Campbell is now home to one of nine medical centers specializing in treating returning service members with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

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The Christian County Chamber of Commerce has conducted a study to project the effects of a proposed reduction of 16,000 troops by the U.S. Army and compare it to the Army’s Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment, and the Chamber says the economic impact would be devastating.

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While VA hospitals are dealing with long wait times, Fort Campbell’s health system has excess capacity. Blanchfield Army Community Hospital has reopened its facilities to a limited number of retirees for the first time in a decade. Enrollment was cut off to veterans in 2004 because so many doctors and nurses were deployed to the Middle East.

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A Meade County native who died while serving in Iraq is being honored this weekend at Fort Campbell.

The U.S. Army Reserve Center at the Kentucky post is being renamed Sunday in honor of Major Michael Mundell, who died in 2007 from injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device was detonated in Fallujah.

Governor Steve Beshear has directed flags at state buildings to be lowered to half-staff today in honor of two fallen Fort Campbell soldiers.

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The Army has analyzed the impact of cutting 16,000 personnel from Fort Campbell, which would be about half of its current population.

The guard is changing at Fort Campbell, with a ceremony Friday to install Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky as commander of the 101st Airborne Division.

Throughout the division, officers are being promoted to new roles, including the first woman to ever serve as a brigade commander at Fort Campbell. 

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