U.S. Africa Command United Shield Response to Ebola Operation Order



  • 75 pages
  • October 15, 2014


1. (U) Situation.

a. (U) General.

(1) (U) As of 15 October 2014, the Ebola virus outbreak continues to expand and has infected nearly 4,249 and killed more than 2,458 people in Liberia. Although the Government of Liberia (GoL) continues an aggressive campaign of trying to inform and educate the population, overburdened medical infrastructure and cultural practices continue to hinder containment efforts. Isolated incidents of unrest have occurred, including demonstrations outside health care clinics and attacks on health care workers. The GoL has declared a National Emergency in order to (IOT) prevent the further spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

(2) (U) EVD transmission continues to occur through direct contact with blood and bodily fluids of critically ill or recently deceased Ebola patients or infected animals. Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) will greatly contribute to the identification, separation, and treatment of EVD patients. ETUs will also help educate the local governments and population.

b. (U) Area of Concern.

(1) (U) Area of Responsibility. The Operational Area (OA) for OPERATION UNITED SHIELD (OUS) is defined as the country of Liberia and associated coastal areas.

(2) (U) Area of Interest. The OUS Area of Interest (AI) includes the country of Senegal due to Intermediate Staging Base (ISB) located in Dakar.

(3) (U) Joint Operations Area (JOA).

(a) (U) From Senegal/Mauritania border at waterline; Follow Senegal/Mauritania border to Senegal/Mali border; follow Senegal/Mali border to Senegal/Guinea border; follow Senegal/guinea border to Guinea/Cote D’Ivoire border; follow Guinea/Cote D’Ivoire border to Cote D’Ivoire/Liberia border; follow Cote D’Ivoire/Liberia border to waterline; to n 01 30′ / w 007 30′; to n 05 00′ / w 015 00′; to n 11 00′ / w 020 00′; to n 16 03′ / w 020 00′; to start point.
(b) (U) Note: JOA includes the Gambia and Guinea Bissau for the purpose of over flight. No operations are anticipated in these countries.
c. (U) Enemy. See Annex B.
d. (U) Friendly. See Annex B.

(1). (U) Multinational Forces

(a) Armed Forces of Liberia
(b) Armed Forces of the United States

(2). (U) Supporting Commands and Agencies

(a) (U) United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
(b) (U) Liberian National Police (LNP).
(c) (U) Liberian Coast Guard (LCG).
(d) (U) Other Liberian Security Agencies.
(e) (U) USMC Forces operating under OPERATION ONWARD LIBERTY.
(f) (U) Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).
(g) (U) United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
(h) (U) World Health Organization.

1. (U) Mission. On order, Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) in conjunction with the US Marine Corps forces operating in OPERATION ONWARD LIBERTY (OOL), and Joint Force Command-United Assistance (JFC-UA) construct Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) to facilitate the combined overall GoL and United States Government (USG) effort to contain and erradicate the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia.

2. (U) Execution.

a. (U) Concept of Operations. Combined Command-United Shield (CC-US) deploys to multiple locations within the Republic of Liberia IOT support the effort to contain the spread of EVD. The operation will be conducted in four cyclical stages until all ETUs are complete. The Pre-deployment/Recon stage begins with the preparation and deployment of the CC-US Recon Teams and ends with Notice to Proceed (NTP). The ADVON/Main Body stage begins with the deployment of the advanced party and ends with the arrival of the CC-US Main Body. The Site Prep/Construction Complete stage begins with the site preparation and ends when ETU constuction is complete. The Transition ETU/Redeployment stage begins with the transition of the last ETU to U.S. Assistance for International Development (USAID) and ends with the redeployment and CC-US end of mission.


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