Alabama National Guard conducts disinfection operations at Bill Nichols State Veterans Home
Alabama National Guard TF 31 conducts first facility disinfection mission
MONTGOMERY, AL (04/19/2020) (readMedia)-- The Alabama National Guard conducted it's first disinfection operation at the Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City, Saturday, April 18, 2020. Soldiers and Airmen from the newly formed TF 31 arrived on site at approximately 10 a.m. and immediately began disinfecting designated areas in the facility. Each team is composed of approximately 14 Soldiers and Airmen, and are specially equipped with personal protective equipment to enable the Soldiers and Airmen to safely conduct disinfection operations. Residents were moved by the facility staff to isolated protected areas prior to operations commencing.
Alabama National Guard senior leadership to include Alabama National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Sheryl Gordon, Alabama Army National Guard Chief of Staff Col. J. R. Bass, and leadership from TF 31 were on site to observe the operation and talk with Soldiers and Airmen conducting the disinfection operation.
"The Alabama National Guard is here to serve our citizens, and I'm glad Governor Ivey asked us to take on this important mission," said Maj. Gen. Sheryl Gordon, adjutant general of the Alabama National Guard. "Our specially trained Soldiers and Airmen are prepared to assist our communities as we fight the spread of COVID-19 together."
This operation is just the first in a series of long-term care facility disinfection missions that will take place over the coming weeks throughout the state.