Photographed on October 24, 2014, by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall, Jr., this image depicts Naval Medical Research Bio Defense chief of clinical research, U.S. Navy Cmd. James Lawler (Cntr), a member of the DoD medical support team training, holding up a piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) as bio safety officer, Kristie Yeakle (far Lt) observed the training session, which took place at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The students are part of a 30-person team designated for “prepare to deploy” status in the event of an Ebola crisis in the U.S.
"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.