After spending months in Afghanistan, returning soldiers are being quarantined for 14 days to check for symptoms of COVID-19.
In March, the Army announced bout 1,300 Fort Drum soldiers will be returning from Afghanistan sooner than expected because of the coronavirus.
Gen. Mennes said a large majority of the deployment will stay in Afghanistan, but 400 members of the 10th Mountain Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade and 800 to 900 members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team will redeploy to Fort Drum, according to Watertown Daily News.
CSM Mario Terenas, who just arrived at Fort Drum -in March- after serving as the senior enlisted leader of U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, provided a tour of the living quarters they will be quarantined in for 14 days.
Upon arriving at the base to take over from Command Sgt. Maj. Samuel J. Roark, he said, “If you call upon me, if you ask for me, if you’re in the fight and you ask for me I will come. Unless I am dead, I will be there.”
This week, during the tour of the quarantine barracks, he expressed his utmost gratitude for the Soldiers returning from deployment and entering quarantine.
Even though the soldiers will be quarantined, Maj. Gen. Brian J. Mennes, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum commander said senior leaders are also making sure to help family members of soldiers.
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