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Maryland Guard Responds to Coronavirus Pandemic

Annapolis, MD - March 16, 2020 - Governor Larry Hogan today ordered more than 2,000 Maryland National Guard soldiers and airmen on duty to respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Hogan signed an executive order March 12, 2020, activating the Maryland National Guard to assist civilian authorities supporting the pandemic response mission.

The Maryland National Guard’s status as a state military force makes it available to respond to state-level emergencies.

Maryland National Guard capabilities include medical augmentation, transportation support, food distribution and more. Guard senior leaders and emergency managers are working in close coordination with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and other civil authorities to determine where and what capabilities the Maryland Guard can provide.

“Our singular purpose right now is to meet the needs of the people of Maryland and do our part to help keep our communities safe,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy E. Gowen, Adjutant General for Maryland. “We are prepared to bring every appropriate capability to bear, and I can promise you the men and women of the Maryland National Guard are focused like a laser on confronting this threat.”

Throughout the years, the Maryland National Guard and Maryland state agency partners have worked together in training exercises to prepare for emergencies like this so that the people of Maryland have the assistance they need.

“I don’t think we as Americans wanted to endure a pandemic, but it’s something we’ve spent a lot of time planning for,” said Brig Gen. Adam Flasch, Director of the Joint Staff for the Maryland National Guard. “The best solution is to follow the plans, listen to health professionals and get out there and make a difference in our communities.”

To ensure that the Maryland Guard members responding to the pandemic do not spread the illness, all troops on duty will undergo a health screening.

For the most recent photos and video from the Maryland National Guard’s response to Covid-19 pandemic, please visit https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/MDNGCovid19Response

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