Iowa National Guard opens COVID-19 test site in Storm Lake
By Tech. Sgt. Daniel Ter Haar, 185th Air Refueling Wing
/ Published May 21, 2020
STORM LAKE, Iowa – Members of the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing and the Army National Guard’s D Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion, have opened a COVID-19 testing site in Storm Lake.
Iowa Air National Guard Lt. Col. DeAnna Pennings, the officer in charge of the test site, said the mission was to provide manpower and logistical support to the Storm Lake community and the Test Iowa mission.
Pennings said service members from various carrier fields, including medical technicians, are working closely with civilian medical professionals and gaining hands-on experience while increasing mission readiness.
The site was set up in with the Iowa Department of Public Health and is scheduled to remain open through May 22.
“The community partners have been welcoming and supportive, such a phenomenal partnership,” Pennings said.