San Francisco National Guard Unit Facing Possible Deployment in Ebola Fight

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A unit with the California National Guard headquartered in Northern California is being told to get ready for a possible deployment to West Africa.

The Army National Guard announced the 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion, based in San Francisco, is among six units ordered for involuntary mobilization.

FOX40 has learned it has not been decided who exactly from the 223rd will go if called on. It could be just a handful of people.

If members of the 223rd are deployed, they will help with translation and training in the ongoing effort to fight the spread of the Ebola virus. They will not have any contact with Ebola patients, according to the National Guard.

The other Army National Guard units called on for possible deployment include ones based in Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, Iowa and Kansas. In addition, several Army Reserve units were ordered to prepare for possible deployment, none of those units are based in California.