Pennsylvania National Guard News
Planners with the Pennsylvania National Guard attend a meeting at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa., along with representatives from FEMA, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and others on July 1, 2020. Several Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers integrated with PEMA’s Incident Management Team in early March to assist in planning the agency’s COVID-19 response.
In a first, Pa. National Guard augments Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Management Team
By Lt. Col. Angela King-Sweigart | July 2, 2020
Several Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers integrated with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Management Team in early March to assist in planning the agency’s COVID-19 response.

Political activity by government employees, service members limited
By Brad Rhen | June 10, 2020
In the 1995 movie “Crimson Tide,” Gene Hackman’s character, a Navy submarine captain, proclaimed: “We’re here to preserve democracy, not to practice it.” While that statement may be true when it comes to following lawful orders, it’s only partially true when it comes to political activity and voting.

Spc Dominique Dalessio (left) and Sgt. Shane Brandes (right) adjust their face shields and personal protective equipment while preparing for the mission to administer COVID-19 tests at the Lancashire Hall Nursing and Rehab Center in Lancaster, Pa., on May 19, 2020. Under guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and monitored by CDC officials, Pennsylvania National Guard members with Task Force Ghostrider launched a point prevalence sampling strike team in Lancaster. The mission is designed to identify possible risks of exposure to COVID-19 by testing the entire staff and residents for the virus. This is the first in the pilot program that will reach out across the state. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. George Roach)
Pa. National Guard Operation Summary
By Lt. Col. Keith Hickox | June 10, 2020
As of June 10, over 700 Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) members are involved in supporting our response to COVID-19. Some are actively conducting missions while others are preparing in anticipation of additional tasks with our state and federal agency partners.

Pa. National Guard ready to support local law enforcement
By Lt. Col. Keith Hickox | May 31, 2020
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – Under the authority of Governor Tom Wolf and at the direction of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Pennsylvania National Guard has placed over 600 Guardsmen on state active duty to provide support to local law enforcement in keeping order during protests.

(Left to right) Sgt. Alec Sapienza, combat medic with the 108th Medical Area Support Company, 213th Regional Support Group, Pennsylvania National Guard, and Joseph Sapienza, director of maintenance/ life safety for Pleasant Valley Manor nursing home in Stroudsburg, Pa., pose for a photo on May 21, 2020. Alec volunteered for state active duty during the COVID-19 situation and was tasked with supporting the Pennsylvania Department of Health mission to Pleasant Valley Manor where his father, Joseph, works; a surprise that he found out after he had volunteered to continue to support Pennsylvania (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Keeler).
Father, son work together during pandemic
By Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Keeler | May 29, 2020
Joseph Sapienza, director of maintenance/ life safety for Pleasant Valley Manor nursing home, recently received word that someone very familiar to him would be coming to work at the home.
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