At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approximately 90 military medical personnel – including doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists – continue to deploy in six teams to three states to support civilian health workers treating the patients with COVID-19.
“U.S. Army North’s priority remains homeland defense, which includes the ongoing whole-of-government fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Army Lt. Gen. John R. Evans Jr., commanding officer. of the Army of the North. “This is a team effort – the Department of Defense is one of many federal agencies providing assistance – and I am grateful and proud of our military’s role in this endeavour.”
Department of Defense support begins in Massachusetts and extends to Arizona and Maine.
In Massachusetts, a 15-person Air Force team will support Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital in Brockton, while another 15-person Air Force team will support Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence.
In Arizona, a 15-person Navy team will support Canyon Vista Medical Center in Sierra Vista, while another 15-person Navy team will support Valleywise Health Medical Center in Phoenix. These teams join a team supporting a hospital in Yuma.
In Maine, two 15-person Air Force teams will support the Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. These teams join a team supporting a hospital in Lewiston.
In addition, the joint DOD effort currently includes or will soon include 30 teams working in 18 states: one in California, three in Connecticut, one in Indiana, two in Louisiana, one in Maryland, three in Michigan, one in Minnesota, one in Missouri. , one in New Hampshire, one in New Jersey, one in New Mexico, five in New York, two in Ohio, two in Oklahoma, two in Pennsylvania, one in Rhode Island, one in Texas, one in Wisconsin and one in the Navajo Nation.
Army North, under the supervision of US Northern Command, provides operational command of the teams.
On December 30, 2021, the Secretary of Defense approved the activation of 1,000 military medical personnel to support the federal government’s response to COVID-19. Five hundred of the 1,000 were made available to respond to requests for federal support on January 15, 2022. The remaining 500 became available at the end of the month.
These 1,000 people join about 400 other military medical personnel, previously activated to help civilian hospitals.
All but 15 of the personnel announced today are part of the newly assigned additional forces. In total, more than 570 of the additional 1,000 forces support or will soon support hospitals.