Collapse All Expand All

• March 6, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 a disaster emergency throughout the commonwealth. Wolf authorized the adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, to place on active duty “such individuals and units of the Pennsylvania National Guard, for missions designated by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, as are needed to address the consequences of the aforementioned emergency.”

• March 14, six subject matter expert planners were placed on state active duty to assist PEMA.

• March 16, Task Force Support, Task Force Aviation, PTF North, PTF South, and PTF West were activation in anticipation of providing support to the COVID-19 response.

• March 17, approximately 50 Pennsylvania National Guardsmen were placed on state active duty to provide transportation to support 38 Pennsylvania residents who had been quarantined at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. The group was flown to the Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown, Pa. and individually driven by Guardsmen to their homes throughout the commonwealth. The residents, who were aboard the Grand Princess Cruise Ship prior to their quarantine have been determined to be asymptomatic but remained in isolation until test results are returned.

• March 21, approximately 80 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard were directed by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to support Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency in establishing the first mass testing site for Coronavirus 2019 in Upper Dublin Township. In efforts to curb the COVID-19 public health emergency, the PA National Guard worked with Montgomery County officials, Upper Dublin Township, Temple University and other state and federal partners to open a drive-through testing location at Temple University’s Ambler Campus.

• March 24, 11 Pa. Guard members were activated to support PEMA and the Pa. Department of Health with conducting warehouse operations for coronavirus-related supplies at a DoH facility in Harrisburg.

• March 28, 25 Pennsylvania National Guardsmen provide logistical assistance to FEMA at the Glen Mills School in the Philadelphia suburbs, unloading federal equipment to establish a federal medical station. Federal, state and local assets are coming together to open this facility which can house non-COVID 19 patients with less severe conditions if and when regional hospitals become full. The Soldiers are from the 103rd Engineer Battalion and spent two days unloading trucks, unpacking boxes and setting up beds.

• April 2, 17 Pennsylvania National Guard members were activated by PEMA to support a food bank in Pittsburgh. The soldiers, all members of the 128th Brigade Support Battalion, are assisting with the mass packing of emergency food boxes, large scale drive-up distributions and general operations at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

• April 5, the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 3rd Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Task Force completed its mission at the Montgomery County, Pa. COVID-19 testing site that began March 21, and returned to Fort Indiantown Gap.

• Beginning April 7, Pennsylvania National Guard transportation units will be used to assist the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services in the dissemination of meals to dozens of distribution centers across the commonwealth. By April 24, the Task Force Support units delivered over 500,000 meals to help resupply county emergency management agencies, senior citizen centers, food banks and other charitable organizations.

• April 18, the Pennsylvania National Guard provided several days of staffing assistance to the Broomhall Rehabilitation and Nursing facility.  

• April 19, Pennsylvania National Guardsmen conducted training with officials from the Pa. Dept. of Health and PEMA in preparation for  a COVID-19 testing site at the Moehgan Sun Arena parking lot. The test site opened April 20 to first responders and April 21 to the public.

• Beginning April 28, Nearly 60 Pennsylvania National Guard members have been activated to take part in a mortuary-affairs support mission. The mission entails assisting local medical examiners from five Pennsylvania counties – Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, Bucks, and Montgomery – in the transportation of remains to their central collection locations. This is a joint mission that involves Army and Air National Guard mortuary affairs teams assigned to Pennsylvania’s Southeast counties which have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 virus.

• May 19, began mobile testing to assist long-term care facilities throughout the Commonwealth.

COVID-19 Response Photos
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.
(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).
The frontline of defense against COVID-19 in Chester County is Medical Strike Team Iroquois. Under guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and closely monitored by CDC officials, Pennsylvania National Guard members with Task Force Iroquois launched a Point Prevalence Sampling Strike Team in Kendal-Crosslands Communities, Kennet Square, Pa., on May 26, 2020.
Staff Sgt. Kursty Campbell (Left) and Pfc. Ryan Whispell (Center) test a staff member at Kendal-Crosslands Nursing Home in Kennett Square, Pa., on May 26, 2020.  Under guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and closely monitored by CDC officials, Pennsylvania National Guard members with Task Force Iroquois, launched a Point Prevalence Sampling Strike Team at Kendal-Crosslands.
Col. Adam Colombo, senior medical adviser for Task Force-South, trains Task Force Iroquois personnel on proper personal protective equipment procedures at Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook, Pa., on May 22, 2020.
U.S. Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade stand in formation while adhering to social distancing guidelines and COVID-19 mitigation directives.
Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol members augmented points of distribution sites for food and essential supplies to households in Bucks County under the direction of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The Pennsylvania National Guard and the Pennsylvania Wing, Civil Air Patrol together have delivered and distributed more than 800,000 meals. (photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol)
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.
Col. Scott Coradi (left), 111th Medical Group commander and medical adviser for Pennsylvania Task Force South trains members of Task Force Ghostrider, Spc. Joshua Vargo (center) and Spc. Kristien Quintanilla (right) on proper procedures how to administer a COVID-19 test in Lancaster, Pa., on May 19, 2020.
Col. Scott Coradi, 111th Attack Wing Medical Group commander and medical adviser for Pennsylvania Task Force South, trains Task Force Ghostrider personnel on proper personal protection equipment use in Lancaster, Pa., on May 19, 2020.
Col. Scott Coradi, (left) 111th Medical Group Commander and medical advisor for Pennsylvania Task Force South, trains members of Task Force Ghostrider, Spc. Dominique Dalessio (center) and Sgt. Shane Brandes (right) on proper procedures how to administer a COVID-19 test in Lancaster, Pa., on May 19, 2020.
Spc. Dominique Dalessio (left, in black) and Sgt. Shane Brandes (center, in black) with some of the other members of Task Force Ghostrider (far right) prepare for the mission to administer COVID-19 tests at the Lancashire Hall Nursing and Rehab Center, in Lancaster, Pa., on May 19, 2020.
Col. Scott Coradi (left) and Col. Jon Farr discuss operational plans while overlooking a map of the area of operations for Pennsylvania Task Force South at Horsham Air Guard Station, Pennsylvania, on May 2, 2020.
The Pennsylvania Air National Guard will present an aircraft flyover in the Pittsburgh area Tuesday, May 19, as part of Operation American Resolve, a nationwide salute to all those supporting COVID-19 response efforts. (U.S. Air National Guard courtesy photo)
The Pennsylvania Air National Guard will present an aircraft flyover in the Pittsburgh area Tuesday, May 19, as part of Operation American Resolve, a nationwide salute to all those supporting COVID-19 response efforts. (U.S. Air National Guard courtesy photo)
The Pennsylvania Air National Guard will present an aircraft flyover in the  Johnstown area Tuesday, May 19, as part of Operation American Resolve, a nationwide salute to all those supporting COVID-19 response efforts. (U.S. Air National Guard courtesy photo)
The Pennsylvania Air National Guard will present an aircraft flyover in the Harrisburg area Tuesday, May 19, as part of Operation American Resolve, a nationwide salute to all those supporting COVID-19 response efforts. (U.S. Air National Guard courtesy photo)
The Pennsylvania Air National Guard will present an aircraft flyover in the Pittsburgh, Johnstown and Harrisburg areas Tuesday, May 19, as part of Operation American Resolve, a nationwide salute to all those supporting COVID-19 response efforts. (U.S. Air National Guard courtesy photo)
Soldiers and Airmen from the Pennsylvania National Guard were recognized for their work and service to support the Gracedale Nursing Home in Nazareth, Pa. The recipients were (Left to right) Spc. Andy Arnal, motor transport operator for the 337th Engineer Battalion, and a Moscow, Pa. native; Sgt. Ashley Peralta, combat medic with the 213th Regional Support Group, and an Allentown, Pa., native; Airman 1st Class Kelly Teufel, aerospace medical service with the 193rd Special Operations Wing and a Royersford, Pa., native; and Airman 1st Class Keegan Gordner, aerospace medical service with the 193rd SOW, and a Pine Grove, Pa., native. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Keeler).
(Left to Right) Command Sgt. Maj. Brian McDermott, command sergeant major for the 337th Engineer Battalion, presents a certificate of achievement to Teresa Bauer, resident nurse and staff development instructor at Gracedale Nursing Home in Nazareth, Pa., on May 11, 2020, for her assistance in helping the Pennsylvania National Guard troops supporting Gracedale. The troops, Air and Army PA Guard, supported the request of the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide assistance in staffing for Graceland (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Keeler).