Since March, the South Carolina National Guard has mobilized nearly 500 Soldiers and Airmen to augment local authorities’ medical response to COVID-19. These service members have temporarily left their civilian jobs and Families while performing their military duty. The support they receive from their civilian employers is crucial to being able to perform vital missions across the state.
Two such employers, the Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Morehead City, North Carolina and Lexington Medical Center Saluda Pointe in Lexington, South Carolina, employ U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jennifer Wagner and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jennifer Heller, respectively. Wagner and Heller are both U.S. Air National Guard Airmen with the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG) and have been on active duty orders since early May.