Photographed on October 22, 2014, by U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman Cory D. Payne, this image depicts Naval Medical Research Bio Defense, Chief of Clinical Research, U.S. Navy Cmd. James Lawler, as he was briefing a 30 person joint service medical support team in an effort to train personnel to respond quickly, effectively and safely in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States. This briefing was held at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) in San Antonio, Texas. The training would prepare military medical professionals to work alongside civilian counterparts, when responding to the disease if needed.
"To prepare the team, each member received lecture-based and practical training at SAMMC, organized by USNORTHCOM’s Army component, U. S. Army North (Fifth Army), and conducted by experts from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Frederick, Md."
"The first two days of training were focused on familiarizing the team with signs and symptoms of Ebola, how it spread in West Africa, how humans transmit the disease, and how medical officials are managing Ebola in the United States. The team spent the following two days learning the proper donning and doffing procedures of their personal protective equipment, along with demonstrating proficiency in safely caring for an Ebola patient in a simulated exercise." For additional information regarding the establishment of the Ebola medical support team, see the link below.