As the Ebola epidemic grabbed the world’s attention last year, the U.S. military began to discuss how it could safely transport military personnel if they were infected with the contagious disease.
The answer was unveiled at Scott Air Force Base on Friday.
The Transport Isolation System was designed by Production Products, Inc., a St. Louis-based, minority-owned company. The co-founder and president, Barry Corona, said they started on the project in late October after winning the $6 million contract with the Department of Defense for 25 units.
This is a file photo from 2011 of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (L) shaking the hand of Gen. William Fraser (C) after Fraser assumed command of United States Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base. Gen. Paul Selva was appointed head of U.S. Transportation command Monday. Fraser is retiring after 40 years of service.
The general who led the logistics arm of the United States military through the troop surge in Afghanistan, earthquakes in Haiti and Japan and combat operations in Libya has relinquished command.
Gen. Duncan McNabb will retire in November after 37 years in the Air Force. At a Scott Air Force Base ceremony today, he handed the reins of the United States Transportation Command to Gen. William M. Fraser. Defense secretary Leon Panetta and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey, were among the dignitaries in attendance.