U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division began a 14-day quarantine upon their return from Afghanistan due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to a statement from the 82nd Airborne Division, more than 300 Paratroopers returned on Mar. 14 after completing their 9-month rotation to Afghanistan in support of Operation Resolute Support.
As directed by the Department of the Army, Soldiers departing areas labeled as Level 2 or higher by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has to undergo a 14‐day quarantine period to include health monitoring and appropriate medical treatment upon return to the United States.
“My number one priority is the protection of our Paratroopers, their families, our community, and the prevention of the spread of the COVID-19,” said Maj. Gen. James Mingus, 82nd Airborne Division Commander. “We are taking proactive steps to protect and prevent spread.”
Soldiers who reside off-post or in privatized housing will be quarantined at their residence in accordance with CDC guidelines. Soldiers normally assigned to the barracks, or those who do not have a local residence will be quarantined on Fort Bragg.
“It’s going to be a challenge for them, but I’ve seen first hand how resilient our Paratroopers are,” said Mingus. “As soldiers, we understand better than most that we have a responsibility to the community to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC.”
“Although there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19, Fort Bragg is taking precautionary measures to protect the health of the force and maintain operational readiness and will continue to evaluate current day-to-day operations to ensure the safety of all of our Soldiers, family members and civilian personnel”, said a statement for the 82nd Airborne Division.