Soldier's efforts resulted in over 10,000 room-nights of occupation in the AA, a 94% occupancy rate. The AA distributed nearly $35,000 worth of supplies and managed a fleet of short term rentals that covered over 3000 miles without incident or accident. During this time the 1-119th was called twice to SAD in which MAJ Mason played a crucial role in communicating with the BN the 272d RSG and JFHQ capabilities of the battalion while maintaining current COVID operations within the AA.
Daily operation of the battalion did not cease. Soldier continued to perform the role of BN XO ensuring maintenance and logistics concerns of the 1-119th were addressed. His efforts enabled the staff to provide timely and accurate information to develop COAs in support of MTOE training as directed by the ATAG and in support of the TAG guidance to support Northern Strike 20. The battalion also was able to improve OR rate to 98% and to clear over 90 pieces totaling $2,667,000 of excess equipment.
Made daily coordinations with several Task Forces, increasing interface between middle managers and senior leadership. This dramatically improved operational awareness of the deploying and redeploying of 300 Soldiers, procuring and size testing of vital PPE for 28 COVID Test Teams and planning for and scheduling with civilian providers COVID testing for Soldiers. Soldier's communication skills and planning was the singular vital element in the execution of the mission.
Due to his professionalism and unlimited leadership potential, Soldier was selected to serve as Assembly Area Lugnuts OIC, serving with distinction, honor, and commitment from 20200501 thru 20200717 in support of the State of Michigan's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Soldier provided Subject Matter Expertise, oversight, and supervision of all operations and logistical efforts of the Assembly Area used to stage 200 Soldiers fighting the pandemic while directly supervising 24 Soldiers.
Quickly responded and stood poised as the Michigan Army National Guard's Rapid Reaction Force to support civil authorities during the civil disturbances occurring in numerus communities throughout the State of Michigan from xx June thru xx June 2020. Solider trained and prepared to assist law enforcement authorities in duties outside of their MOS with protecting lives, property of citizens of our state and their right to peacefully protest. Mobilized into the city of Kalamazoo and augmented with State and local Law Enforcement to assist in maintaining peace and safeguarding the community impacted by nonpeaceful protests.
As Team Lead, Sergeant Morrison's dedication to duty contributed greatly to the overall accomplishment of the COVID-19 Mapping Mission on Terry Campus, Delaware. He assisted in developing quality check procedures for all calls made at the Terry Campus. He acted as the subject matter expert on the REDCAP system which garnered him wide acclaim by the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Center of Disease Control (CDC) staff. His meticulous efforts resulted in less than four percent errors site wide.
SGT Young demonstrated a high level of competence and professionalism while serving as the NCOIC of the JTF 56 Bravo and Charlie teams. As NCOIC, she was responsible for the welfare, accountability, and mission readiness of 42 Soldiers, their safety, and the serviceability of their assigned equipment valued at over 200,000 thousand dollars with zero discrepancies. She consistently proved to be a valued asset to the battalion by ensuring her teams were technically and tactically proficient while tasked during the TXARNG COVID 19 mission.
With only a seven-soldier medical team, the members of the 804th Team 26 ICW provided patient care to two complete wards of COVID-19 patients including admitting new patients and overseeing overflow ICU patients.
Lt Sullyvan was responsible for the continual accountability of 20 Soldiers. Her team included eight field grade medical officers and she was responsible for receiving and disseminating information to ensure clear communication channels. She conducted comprehensive sanitation and virus containment inspections, addressing major faults and improving the preventative medicine section ensuring a more effective and efficient disease prevention program while minimizing unnecessary exposure to CoVID-19 and maximizing the capabilities of Javitz New York Medical Station capabilities.
During the mobilization, Captain Shelton provided coverage for sick call for the UAMTF 8-01, ensuring the health and well being of the 86 personnel assigned. He worked regularly to maintain readiness and motivation of enlisted soldiers and fellow officers. He regularly demonstrated skill in providing wise counsel and guidance to his subordinates, leading to efficient operation and maximizing the effect of joint efforts. During the mobilization he strategically focused on achieving results.
SGT Young helped organize and manage the COVID-19 testing site at Butler stadium. He led nine Soldiers and ensured accountability of both peers and higher ranking personnel every morning. He took charge of two teams and set up testing sites at Butler stadium. His team maintained an average time of four minutes per test for citizens who were performing the COVID-19 self-administration test. This allowed the SMRT to conduct 500 tests in six hours which is the maximum number of tests that could be performed due to laboratory testing limitations. 330 tests were the most that have been performed prior to this.
Serving as an interim Transportation Coordinator supervisor for the 44th Medical Brigade, he managed the expeditious transfer of 66 patients needing advanced life-saving measures to a higher echelon of care including the USNS Comfort, patient transfers to skilled nursing facilities, shelter placements, and 668 patients being discharged to home with an unprecedented 280 hours of focused care in the span of 30 days. He provided an accurate reporting of all patient movements which allowed bed managers to accurately assess the bed status at the peak of 49% census.
During this period, as Combat Medic for Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, I Corps, Specialist Carter's professionalism and ceaseless efforts contributed to the effectiveness and success of the Battalion Aid Station (BAS) during the outbreak of Covid-19. During this difficult time, Specialist Carter was transferred from another unit to the BAS and was forced to work from home part time. His knowledge of medical systems and services proved to be essential for the continuity and function of the BAS. His continuous perseverance allowed the BAS to inventory all medical equipment and supplies and input into M3PT and DCAM to demonstrate what essential resources were needed to complete sets for mission capability.
From 5 March 2020 until 25 April 2020, Private First Class Johnson, an Environmental Health Technician, was assigned to assist the Army Public Health nurse and the Epidemiology Technician as a member of the Fort Polk COVID-19 Epidemiology Contact Tracing Team. Her duties included maintaining data bases, contacting quarantined individuals daily for health checks and assisting in case documentation. PFC Johnson's dedication to detail, professional manner and willingness to work nights and weekends were essential to the early sucsess of the overall mission.
SGT Schaetzel, Lab NCOIC, volunteered his time and efforts to alleviate a staffing emergency at TMC Buehring. SGT Schaetzel worked with senior medics to train and qualify in emergency medical care as well as provide lab services to the TMC during off-duty hours. SGT Schaetzel's service helped keep the 411th HC FWD team meet mission requirements in a time of critical need.
SFC Baker was assigned as the Operations Officer for Team 25, where he was charged with coordinating daily operations for a team of 33 troops including 22 Army and seven Air Force personnel. SFC Baker contributed to the success of JTF-64 mission objectives by overseeing daily operations of TF-Delta Team 25 during specimen collection. He managed daily scheduling and personnel assignments and provided guidance to the scheduling team to ensure three specimen collection stations remained manned by qualified personnel and fully operational at all times. His efforts increased collection capacity by 30%, reduced client wait times by 15 minutes and contributed to a 400% increase in test collection volume.
Joint Task Force Heartland Response
CPT Reynolds served as the S1 OIC on the Joint Task Force Heartland Response. He provided support and advice for accountability to the Commander in matters relating to Human Resource. Due to his "take charge" attitude, he became the subject matter expert on all S1 actions which resulted in his peers and other S1 counterparts consulting him for direct guidance. He constantly led by example and made sound and knowledgeable decisions for the day to day operation of the S1 Section of the Joint Task Force.
First Sergeant Holcomb served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commander, Joint Task Force Heartland Response. 1SG Holcomb provided mentorship and leadership to over 300 service members on testing teams, food bank teams, distribution teams, and the alternate housing team. Under his leadership, he provided guidance and direction to both enlisted members and junior Officers. 1SG Holcomb applied extensive knowledge and substantial experience to aggressively pursue and resolve countless service member issues and led all efforts to reorganize and focus the teams for greater efficiency.
Captain Villanueva served as the lead Behavioral Health Officer on the Joint Task Force Heartland Response. He provided direct advice to the Commander on morale and well-being of all teams on the Joint Task Force. He traveled over 1,300 miles to over 30 cities and provided one on one communication with over 300 service members. He provided 28 crisis intervention assessments and referrals. His experience and expertise enhanced mission readiness and was instrumental to mission success.
Captain Ocampo served as the Operations OIC while assigned to Joint Task Force Heartland Response. Captain Ocampo advised the JTF Command Team on current operations and force capabilities while overseeing the creation and development of Standard Operating Procedures for the JTF to coordinate and integrate future statewide missions. She communicated with all non-governmental agencies to ensure mission success to include DHHS, Volunteer Coordinator, and Food Bank manager. Her leadership and management experience was pivotal to the timely response and success of the Joint Task Force.
Major Dartmouth served as the lead logistical Officer for Joint Task Force Heartland Response. She was responsible for identifying requirements and shortfalls and for all logistical coordination, resupply plans, and equipment for 12 mobile testing teams, five alternate housing sites, one aviation unit, one PPE distribution warehouse, and two food bank distribution teams. Her support for over 300 PPE distribution missions, including over 2,000 supply requests, provided vital support to 19 Health districts and 18 military teams.
Mobile Testing Squad (MTS)
SSG Cervantes served as the NCOIC of a 19 member Joint service Mobile Testing Squad (MTS) during her activation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the G1 NCOIC, RHQ-G, Joint Task Force 36, SSG Cervantes was directly responsible for the successful testing of over 40 testing sites and over 7,000 patients. She executed implied tasks as faithfully as specified tasks and coordinated with multiple Texas Department of Emergency Management civilians for the set up and breakdown of the MTS sites, which included drive through, walk-up, and nursing home sites. She was overall responsible for the inventory of hundreds of COVID-19 testing supplies that were organized for easy transport to and from each testing site, ensuring logistics supported operations. The testing mission regularly involved 12 hour days in the South Texas summer heat, long travel times, and numerous hotel changes. Many members of her MTS dealt with extenuating personal circumstances due to the unplanned, rapid deployment notice and numerous order extensions.
For meritorious service during the 2020 COVID-19 response support as a Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of a Mobile Testing Site. SSG Cervantes' dedication, compassion, professionalism, and knowledge significantly contributed to the overall success of the team's medical support mission. SSG Cervantes' success reflects great credit upon herself, the 136th Airlift Wing, the Texas Air National Guard and the United States Air Force.
Staff Sergeant Tyrone L. Kasey distinguished himself by meritorious service as a Base Defense Operations Controller, 502d Security Force Squadron, 502d Security Forces Group, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. During this period, Sergeant Kasey was a key factor in safeguarding the largest Joint Base in the Department of Defense with $3.8 Billion in Protection Level 4 assets by initiating sector sweeps on all quarantined areas base wide, resulting in no threatening exposures. In addition, Sergeant Kasey coordinated with the CDC to implement relevant safety measures and provided updated protocols and procedures to all patrols and gates, which resulted in the rapid and seamless transfer of suspected Covid-19 patients and mitigated risk to 20,000 on base personnel. The distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Kasey reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
In support of Joint Task Force Coronavirus Response, he was assigned as a West Virginia Coronavirus Hotline Lead Team Member. Staff Sergeant Lancaster demonstrated outstanding professionalism by handling over 30% of the 17,300 COVID-19 Hotline calls received during his tenure. His meticulous explanations provided COVID-19 information on safety and testing to more than 7,000 West Virginia residents. While maintaining a professional and positive attitude when speaking to a variety of West Virginia professionals and residents, his acts were a vital component of the distribution of information to the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic response. Staff Sergeant Lancaster became the Hotline team lead during this time after receiving additional training and assisted with the collection of information related to "persons under investigation" (PUI). This included medical screenings, evaluations, and extensive documentation for tracking possible COVID-19 exposures for 808,500 West Virginia residents.