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• 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
Cpl. Nathaniel Shaffer, a combat medical specialist with 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Daniel Cruz at the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center in Philadelphia on May 17, 2021. The Pennsylvania National Guard are supporting COVID-19 vaccine sites across the Commonwealth since mid-March. PA Guard members have supported the administration of more than 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ross Alexander Whitley / 111th Attack Wing)
Spc. Christopher Valencia, combat medical specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 112 Infantry Regiment administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Romero Sergio at the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center in Philadelphia ON May 17, 2021. The Pennsylvania National Guard has been supporting COVID-19 vaccine sites across the Commonwealth since mid-March. PA Guard members have supported the administration of more than 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ross Alexander Whitley / 111th Attack Wing)
Spc. Han Thach, left, a combat medic with the Pennsylvania National Guard, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a patient at Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Enola, Pa., on March 26, 2021. Thach was part of the Pa. National Guard mission to vaccinate Pennsylvania teachers, child-care workers and other staff. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Keeler)
Col. Mark A. Goodwill, Wing Commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, receives vaccination for COVID-19 from 1st Lt. Heather M. Edsall, registered nurse assigned to 171st ARW Medical Group, in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, Jan. 23, 2021.
Sgt. Amanda Hammer, a motor transport operator assigned to the 121st Transportation Company, 228th Transportation Battalion, 213th Regional Support Group, shows her pride to be part of Task Force Med (TFM), a functional task force of 39 soldiers and airmen operating under the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Medical Planning Team in collaboration with The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, April 16, at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. Members of TFM administer approximately 600 COVID-19 vaccinations per day at the Penn State campus clinic. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Oriana White)
Spc. Mariah Redwood, a combat medic assigned to Company C, 328th Brigade Support Battalion, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, poses for a picture following an interview April 15, 2021, in Lancaster, Pa. Penn Medicine and Rock Lititz have partnered with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard to support staffing at the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center, with approximately 40 Guard members working onsite. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Oriana White)
Pennsylvania National Guard members prepare a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for community members at the Esperanza Community Vaccine Center in Philadelphia on April 13, 2021.
Brig. Gen. Edwards S. Little Jr., assistant adjutant general for the Pa. National Guard, who is serving as the dual status commander for the two vaccinations centers in Philadelphia, delivers remarks during a press conference at the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center in Philadelphia on April 9, 2021.
Spc. Han Thach, left, a combat medic with the Pennsylvania National Guard, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a patient at Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Enola, Pa., on March 26, 2021. Thach was part of the Pa. National Guard mission to vaccinate Pennsylvania teachers, child-care workers and other staff. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Keeler)
Spc. Nadiah Sims, foreground, confirms details about the vaccine and the patient's card while Spc. Han Thach sterilizes and administers the vaccine at Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Enola, Pa., on March 26, 2021.
Staff Sgt. Benjamin Kilmer, site noncommissioned officer in charge for the Pennsylvania National Guard vaccination team at Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Enola, Pa., distributes vaccines to the different stations at the site on March 26, 2021.
Spc. Gary Sowash, a combat medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2/112th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, administers a COVID-19 vaccine at Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 in Lancaster, Pa., on March 12, 2021.
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.
Staff Sgt. Maxwell Dalrymple checks the registered roster as members of the community arrive at a COVID-19 testing site at Montgomery C
Pennsylvania National Guard members inspect and pack special needs cots at the Glen Mills School in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, on April 14, 2020, for shipment to East Stroudsburg, Monroe County.
Spc. Gary Sowash, a combat medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2/112th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, administers a COVID-19 vaccine at Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 in Lancaster, Pa., on March 12, 2021. Nearly 90 Pennsylvania National Guard members are supporting COVID-19 vaccination clinics for teachers and school staffs at seven sites across Pennsylvania.
Pfc. Jonathan Miller, a combat medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2/112th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, administers a COVID-19 vaccine at Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 in Lancaster, Pa., on March 12, 2021. Nearly 90 Pennsylvania National Guard members are supporting COVID-19 vaccination clinics for teachers and school staffs at seven sites across Pennsylvania.
Pfc. Noah Fagnano, a combat medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2/112th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, administers a COVID-19 vaccine at Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 in Lancaster, Pa., on March 12, 2021. Nearly 90 Pennsylvania National Guard members are supporting COVID-19 vaccination clinics for teachers and school staffs at seven sites across Pennsylvania.
Staff Sgt. Tyler Lundquist, a medic with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s Medical Battalion Training Site, vaccinates an educator against COVID-19 Mar. 11, 2021, at Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Enola, Pa. Nearly 90 Pennsylvania National Guard members are supporting COVID-19 vaccination clinics for teachers and school staffs at seven sites across Pennsylvania.
Brig. Gen. Michael J. Regan Jr., deputy adjutant general - Air, Pennsylvania National Guard, receives the COVID-19 vaccine from Master Sgt. Jose Martinez, a medical operations non commissioned officer with the Pennsylvania National Guard, on Jan. 13, 2021, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.