Seabees in isolation: 'We're used to this'

Seabees in isolation: 'We're used to this'

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - We're getting a better idea of what it's like for 15 local Seabees under a 21-day mandatory quarantine right now. Tuesday morning, WLOX News spoke with one of those Seabees who is being isolated at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

As we've reported, the group from NMCB 133 spent several recent weeks in west Africa building a treatment center facility for the caretakers of Ebola patients.

The unit isn't alone though. Seventy-five other military members are also undergoing the quarantine period with the Seabees.

But, Chief Jason Knifley says the isolation isn't that bad. "We're used to this. The Seabees that are here with me now, we're on a seven month deployment, 14 are out of Djibouti, Africa and I came out of Rota, Spain," the chief said, "so none of us would be home for Thanksgiving anyway. But, the isolation isn't really that bad. They have facilities for us. They have football games set up. They have a turkey trot. The galley is bringing over a Thanksgiving meal to us. So, it should be great.

Chief Knifley said none of the Seabees came in contact with any Ebola-infected patients.

After finishing the isolation period, Knifley says the unit will go back on its deployment assignments. And that deployment is set to wrap up in mid-January.

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