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Next generation biocontainment system unveiled at Dobbins

Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management, from the United States Department of State, addresses an audience of personnel from the Department of State, MRI Global, Paul Allen Foundation, and members of the 94th Airlift Wing, at an unveiling of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment System, held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management, from the United States Department of State, addresses an audience of personnel from the Department of State, MRI Global, Paul Allen Foundation, and members of the 94th Airlift Wing, at an unveiling of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment System, held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management, from the United States Department of State, addresses an audience of personnel from the Department of State, MRI Global, Paul Allen Foundation, and members of the 94th Airlift Wing, at an unveiling of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment System, held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management, from the United States Department of State, addresses an audience of personnel from the Department of State, MRI Global, Paul Allen Foundation, and members of the 94th Airlift Wing, at an unveiling of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment System, held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management, from the United States Department of State, addresses an audience of personnel from the Department of State, MRI Global, Paul Allen Foundation, and members of the 94th Airlift Wing, at an unveiling of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment System, held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management, from the United States Department of State, addresses an audience of personnel from the Department of State, MRI Global, Paul Allen Foundation, and members of the 94th Airlift Wing, at an unveiling of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment System, held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Last minute preparations are made on a Department of State Containerized Biocontainment System on display during an unveiling ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Last minute preparations are made on a Department of State Containerized Biocontainment System on display during an unveiling ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management from the United States Department of State, addresses an audience of personnel from the Department of State, MRI Global, Paul Allen Foundation and members of the 94th Airlift Wing at an unveiling of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment System held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management from the United States Department of State, addresses an audience of personnel from the Department of State, MRI Global, Paul Allen Foundation and members of the 94th Airlift Wing at an unveiling of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment System held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management from the United States Department of State, addresses an audience of personnel from the Department of State, MRI Global, Paul Allen Foundation and members of the 94th Airlift Wing at an unveiling of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment System held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management from the United States Department of State, addresses an audience of personnel from the Department of State, MRI Global, Paul Allen Foundation and members of the 94th Airlift Wing at an unveiling of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment System held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Barbara Bennett, President and COO of Vulcan, Inc. and Paul G. Allen Ebola Program representative, addresses an audience of personnel from the Department of State, MRI Global, Paul Allen Foundation and members of the 94th Airlift Wing at an unveiling of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment System held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Barbara Bennett, President and COO of Vulcan, Inc. and Paul G. Allen Ebola Program representative, addresses an audience of personnel from the Department of State, MRI Global, Paul Allen Foundation and members of the 94th Airlift Wing at an unveiling of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment System held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Dr. Tom Sack, president and chief executive officer MRIGlobal, gives remarks at the unveiling of the US State Department sponsored Containerized Biocontainment Systems units at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

Dr. Tom Sack, president and chief executive officer MRIGlobal, gives remarks at the unveiling of the US State Department sponsored Containerized Biocontainment Systems units at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

The second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit was loaded into a U.S. Air Force C-17 to provide an example of how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

The second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit was loaded into a U.S. Air Force C-17 to provide an example of how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

Invited guest and members of the press board a U.S. Air Force C-17  to see the second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit and how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)
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Invited guest and members of the press board a U.S. Air Force C-17 to see the second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit and how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

Invited guest and members of the press tour the second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit positioned on a U.S. Air Force C-17 to see how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)
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Invited guest and members of the press tour the second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit positioned on a U.S. Air Force C-17 to see how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

The second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit is positioned on a U.S. Air Force C-17 to show how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)
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The second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit is positioned on a U.S. Air Force C-17 to show how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

Invited guest and members of the press receive a briefing from U.S. State Department Director of Operational Medicine Dr. Will Walters about the Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit positioned on a U.S. Air Force C-17 to see how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units were built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)
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Invited guest and members of the press receive a briefing from U.S. State Department Director of Operational Medicine Dr. Will Walters about the Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit positioned on a U.S. Air Force C-17 to see how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units were built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

The second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit is positioned on a U.S. Air Force C-17 to show how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)
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The second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit is positioned on a U.S. Air Force C-17 to show how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

The second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit is positioned on a U.S. Air Force C-17 to show how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units were built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program to be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)
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The second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit is positioned on a U.S. Air Force C-17 to show how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units were built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program to be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

The second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit is positioned on a U.S. Air Force C-17 to show how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units were built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program and will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)
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The second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit is positioned on a U.S. Air Force C-17 to show how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units were built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program and will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

The second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit is positioned on a U.S. Air Force C-17 to show how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units were built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program and will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)
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The second Containerized Biocontainment Systems unit is positioned on a U.S. Air Force C-17 to show how the unit could be airlifted to anywhere in the world if needed; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units were built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program and will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

Col. Brent Merritt, 94th Airlift Wing commander, tapes an interview for Air Force Reserve Command about the role Dobbins Air Reserve Base will play in storing the Containerized Biocontainment Systems units; Dobbins ARB Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units were built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, and will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)
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Col. Brent Merritt, 94th Airlift Wing commander, tapes an interview for Air Force Reserve Command about the role Dobbins Air Reserve Base will play in storing the Containerized Biocontainment Systems units; Dobbins ARB Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units were built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, and will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

A viewing monitor at the entrance of the Department of State's Containerized Biocontainment System allows viewing of activities in the container. Tours were conducted after an unveiling ceremony for the systems held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)
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A viewing monitor at the entrance of the Department of State's Containerized Biocontainment System allows viewing of activities in the container. Tours were conducted after an unveiling ceremony for the systems held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Barbara Bennett, President and COO of Vulcan, Inc. and Paul G. Allen Ebola Program representative, along with other event attendees, tours the Department of State's Containerized Biocontainment System after an unveiling ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)
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Barbara Bennett, President and COO of Vulcan, Inc. and Paul G. Allen Ebola Program representative, along with other event attendees, tours the Department of State's Containerized Biocontainment System after an unveiling ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Dr. Will Walters, Director of Operational Medicine at the U.S. State Department, conducts a tour through one of two of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment Systems presented at an unveiling ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. The CBCS was loaded onto a C-17 cargo aircraft to demonstrate airlift capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)
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Dr. Will Walters, Director of Operational Medicine at the U.S. State Department, conducts a tour through one of two of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment Systems presented at an unveiling ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. The CBCS was loaded onto a C-17 cargo aircraft to demonstrate airlift capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Dr. Will Walters, Director of Operational Medicine at the U.S. State Department, conducts a tour through one of two of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment Systems presented at an unveiling ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. The CBCS was loaded onto a C-17 cargo aircraft to demonstrate airlift capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)
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Dr. Will Walters, Director of Operational Medicine at the U.S. State Department, conducts a tour through one of two of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment Systems presented at an unveiling ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. The CBCS was loaded onto a C-17 cargo aircraft to demonstrate airlift capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Congressional staff members receive a tour through one of two of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment Systems presented at an unveiling ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. The CBCS was loaded onto a C-17 cargo aircraft to demonstrate airlift capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)
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Congressional staff members receive a tour through one of two of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment Systems presented at an unveiling ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. The CBCS was loaded onto a C-17 cargo aircraft to demonstrate airlift capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Col. Brent Merritt, 94th Airlift Wing commander, makes opening remarks at the unveiling of the US State Department-sponsored Containerized Biocontainment System units at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)
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Col. Brent Merritt, 94th Airlift Wing commander, makes opening remarks at the unveiling of the US State Department-sponsored Containerized Biocontainment System units at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management from the U.S. State Department, gives remarks at the unveiling of the US State Department-sponsored Containerized Biocontainment Systems units at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units were built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, and will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)
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Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management from the U.S. State Department, gives remarks at the unveiling of the US State Department-sponsored Containerized Biocontainment Systems units at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units were built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, and will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

Barbara Bennett, president and chief operating officer Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, gives remarks at the unveiling of the US State Department-sponsored Containerized Biocontainment Systems units at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units were built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, and will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)
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Barbara Bennett, president and chief operating officer Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, gives remarks at the unveiling of the US State Department-sponsored Containerized Biocontainment Systems units at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units were built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, and will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

Barbara Bennett, president and chief operating officer Vulcan Inc., speaks at the unveiling of the US State Department sponsored Containerized Biocontainment Systems units at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)
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Barbara Bennett, president and chief operating officer Vulcan Inc., speaks at the unveiling of the US State Department sponsored Containerized Biocontainment Systems units at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2015. The two Containerized Biocontainment units built by MRIGlobal through a partnership with the U.S. State Dept. and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, will be positioned at Dobbins ARB, ready for future. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)

Dr. Tom Sack, President and CEO of MRI Global, addresses an audience of personnel from the Department of State, MRI Global, Paul Allen Foundation and members of the 94th Airlift Wing, at an unveiling of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment System held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)
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Dr. Tom Sack, President and CEO of MRI Global, addresses an audience of personnel from the Department of State, MRI Global, Paul Allen Foundation and members of the 94th Airlift Wing, at an unveiling of the DOS Containerized Biocontainment System held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management from the United States Department of State; Barbara Bennett, President and COO of Vulcan, Inc.; and Dr. Tom Sack, President and CEO of MRI Global, perform the ribbon cutting ceremony during the unveiling of the Department of State Containerized Biocontainment System held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)
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Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management from the United States Department of State; Barbara Bennett, President and COO of Vulcan, Inc.; and Dr. Tom Sack, President and CEO of MRI Global, perform the ribbon cutting ceremony during the unveiling of the Department of State Containerized Biocontainment System held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Barbara Bennett, President and COO of Vulcan, Inc. and Paul G. Alan Ebola Program representative, Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management from the United States Department of State, and Dr. Tom Sack, President and CEO of MRI Global, stand in front of the Department of State's Containerized Biocontainment System during its’ unveiling ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)
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Barbara Bennett, President and COO of Vulcan, Inc. and Paul G. Alan Ebola Program representative, Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management from the United States Department of State, and Dr. Tom Sack, President and CEO of MRI Global, stand in front of the Department of State's Containerized Biocontainment System during its’ unveiling ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management from the United States Department of State, and his staff tour a DOS Containerized Biocontainment System  positioned on a C-17 aircraft. The system, one of two, was unveiled at a ceremony held on Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)
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Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of Management from the United States Department of State, and his staff tour a DOS Containerized Biocontainment System positioned on a C-17 aircraft. The system, one of two, was unveiled at a ceremony held on Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- The next generation in biocontainment systems was unveiled in a ceremony Aug. 11 at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia.

The 94th Airlift Wing was chosen by the Department of State as the host unit for the Containerized Biocontainment Systems because of the installation's proximity to world-class hospitals that can treat patients infected with highly contagious pathogens, according to U.S. State Department's Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy.

“Dobbins is a natural choice to host the CBCS,” said Dr. Will Walters, Director of Operational Medicine at the State Department.

A year ago, two Ebola victims arrived from Liberia and the Department of State chose Dobbins as the embarkation location in the U.S. The 94th AW provided logistics support and security for the patients' arrival ensuring safe transport to life-saving care.

“Along with our strategic location to the Center for Disease Control and Emory Hospital, we are also able to provide the logistics and security for delivery of incoming patients,” said Col. Brent Merritt, 94th Airlift Wing commander. “Cobb County and the metro Atlanta area have a tremendous amount of resources. Our location is important and our Airmen are second to none. We will enthusiastically execute any mission we are assigned. We look forward to that future challenge.”

The CBCS is the latest evolution in biocontainment transport capability, leveraging lessons learned over the past years of experience conducting these high risk medevac missions, Kennedy said. The CBCS is a self-contained, roll on, roll off solution that can be used on a variety of commercial and military aircraft and easily decontaminated and stored indefinitely without significant maintenance requirements.

“There is nothing like this out there right now,” said. Dr. Thomas Sack, President of MRI Global. “We are ready for the next threat. These can safely transport patients while keeping the aircrew safe.”

The CBCS is a product of collaboration between the State Department and MRI Global from Kansas City, Missouri with contributions from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.