New York National Guard Operations Update for March 30 2020
LATHAM, NY (03/30/2020) (readMedia)-- On Monday, March 30, the New York National Guard has 2,700 personnel on mission across the state. This includes members of the New York Army and Air National Guard, the New York Guard (State Defense Force), and the New York Naval Militia.
Six Joint Task Forces are operating on Long Island, New York City, the Hudson Valley, Capital Region, Syracuse and Buffalo to support state and local governments.
In New York City, New York National Guard personnel continue to support the arrival of patients at the Jacob Javits Center FEMA field hospital.
About 600 U.S. Army medical personnel from the 9th and 531st Hospital Centers, part of the 44th Medical Brigade, arrived this weekend and will staff the center for patient treatment. The 531st is from Fort Campbell, Kentucky and the 9th from Fort Hood, Texas.
A New York National Guard mayor's cell and other Soldiers will continue supporting the 320 federal staff to manage the site as the unified command post for multi-agency response at the Javits Center.
New York has established a dual-status commander, New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Michel Natali, the New York National Guard's Assistant Adjutant General, Army, to command both National Guard and active duty forces operating in the state.
The New York National Guard continues to support seven drive-thru testing sites. Six sites are located at SUNY Stony Brook, Jones Beach State Park, Staten Island, Glen Island State Park in Westchester County, the Anthony Wayne Service area in Rockland County, and Lehman College in the Bronx.
An additional site opens today at Coop City - Bay Plaza Mall in the Bronx and the New York National Guard will assist in staffing that location with Soldiers and medical personnel.
New York National Guard personnel are continuing to support food packaging and distribution today in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.
Similar missions resume today in Westchester County in New Rochelle and Albany County for the City of Albany.
New York Soldiers and Airmen are also conducting logistics missions in support of the state response, including warehousing support and bulk distribution at sites in the Hudson Valley, the Albany area, and the Mohawk Valley.
Hand sanitizer warehousing and deliveries continue today across the lower Hudson Valley.
New York National Guard also continues to provide support to the New York State Coronavirus Hotline by working in a call center in Rotterdam, N.Y. to offering updated information to the public. Other Soldiers support a call center mission in Brooklyn in New York City.
Soldiers are also on call to assist Department of Health officials at the Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany for packaging COVID 19 test kits.
Please attribute to Col. Richard Goldenberg, public affairs officer. He can also be reached at Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 786-6150.