soldiers deploy pandemic fight 2 battles

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — For Fort Bragg soldiers deploying to the Middle East, the usual predeparture fanfare has been replaced with a mandatory two-week quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Married paratroopers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team are hunkering down at home before boarding a military transport to fly across the globe.

Single soldiers, meanwhile, are quarantined in a secluded compound on base.

The Department of Defense has been forced to adapt quickly to comply with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, while still maintaining a constant state of readiness.

Feature photo: Fort Bragg soldiers return home in May after sudden deployment. Courtesy photo.

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