New Mexico Guard command centers support COVID-19 mission
By Senior Airman Ian Beckley, 150th Special Operations Wing
/ Published May 15, 2020
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Unit Command Centers for the 150th Special Operations Wing and the 210th RED HORSE Squadron are coordinating more than 200 Airmen in support of the New Mexico Joint Task Force state mission during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because of the lack of resources and supplies in many regions of New Mexico, Airmen and Soldiers have volunteered to help support these areas.
This support starts at the Unit Command Center. They coordinate and assign Guard members to locations where they can do the most good.
“On Monday we sent a delivery of personal protective equipment to Gallup, New Mexico, for the locals to have to protect themselves, as well as tanking a 6,000-gallon water tanker to the Oñate Chapter House to deliver water to the people up there,” said Master Sgt. Jason Proctor from the 210th RED HORSE Squadron.
The 210th RED HORSE Squadron Unit Command Center is overseeing 70 people, all on orders, who have completed over 10 missions in less than two weeks to support New Mexico during the pandemic.
“When we are not on missions, we are still training and keeping current on our readiness,” said Proctor.
One of the main responsibilities of the 150th Special Operations Wing Unit Command Center is to maintain accountability of Guard members who are on orders.
“In under 10 hours from when we were notified, we got orders cut and ready for over 54 Airmen so that they can electronically certify them and get paid on time while still supporting the mission,” said Tech Sgt. Sharon Westerhold.
The 150th Special Operations Wing Unit Command Center is supporting Airmen in large and small ways. This makes it easier for the Airmen to focus on the mission and support the state of New Mexico during a very challenging time.