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  • Connecticut Guard helps inspect long-term care facilities

    HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut Army and Air National Guard have teamed up with the Department of Public Health to inspect nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Connecticut during the COVID-19 pandemic.Across the country, long-term care facilities have been hotspots for COVID-19 infections. The Guard and the DPH are surveying
  • Michigan National Guard provides COVID-19 testing in Flint

    FLINT, Mich. – The Michigan National Guard provided free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing for Flint and Genesee County residents July 9-10.To help slow the spread of the virus, the 182nd Task Force deployed 27 members of the Air National Guard to the Shiloh Missionary Church in partnership with the Genesee County health department and other state
  • Indiana Airmen, Soldiers join in patient transport exercise

    FRANKLIN, Ind. – Airmen and Soldiers from the Indiana National Guard trained together on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter for a medical transport exercise at the Johnson County Armory July 2. “This is unique because this is a joint training mission and something we don’t always get to be a part of,” said Maj. Brian Mathieson, Air Force officer in
  • Nebraska Guard transitions testing teams to health workers

    LINCOLN, Neb. – After months of support, the Nebraska National Guard is transitioning COVID-19 testing teams to civilian health care workers throughout Nebraska.As of July 1, full Nebraska National Guard testing teams are no longer activated to provide testing throughout Nebraska. But a small group of Soldiers and Airmen is still activated to
  • North Carolina National Guard delivers PPE to school nurses

    CENTRAL, N.C. - The North Carolina National Guard helped distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) for school nurses in public and charter schools throughout the state June 29-30. The NCNG is working with North Carolina Emergency Management, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief
  • CONG helps test wildland firefighting teams for COVID-19

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Colorado National Guard Soldiers and Airmen conducted COVID-19 tests of more than 250 first responders involved in fighting wildland fires June 22-29. At the request of the state, Joint Task Force-Centennial has employed Mobile Testing and Training teams comprised of nearly 70 Colorado Army and Air National members from more
  • Kansas National Guard packages 4 million meals and counting

    LEAWOOD, Kan. – Social distancing requirements have made it difficult for meal packaging services that rely on volunteers. The Kansas National Guard is pitching in to help fill the gap. Since late April, 40 to 50 members of the Kansas Guard have shown up to Leawood to work in one of seven meal packaging lines. Members of the Guard pack, weigh, seal
  • Wisconsin Guard tops 150,000 COVID-19 specimens collected

    Wisconsin National Guard teams have collected more than 150,000 COVID-19 test specimens across the state in support of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.The milestone was reached June 23 when more than 5,200 specimens were collected, bringing the total to 154,012 specimens statewide.The teams, which are tailored to meet the needs of
  • NY Guard resizes COVID-19 response for steady-state missions

    LATHAM, N.Y. – With the number of COVID-19 cases in the state continuing to decline, the New York National Guard is transforming the 2,959 troops on duty to a steady-state operations posture.Six regional joint task forces were consolidated into just two headquarters after 100 days of operations.The force on duty has drawn down from over 3,600 and
  • Nurse joins Ohio National Guard amid COVID-19 pandemic

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Joining the military is a big decision. Many people would say the same thing about the health care profession. However, when registered nurse Brandi Purdy received the Air National Guard’s call in March that she was cleared to swear in, she did not hesitate. Purdy swore in on April 21 amid the global COVID-19 pandemic and Ohio’s
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