Coronavirus: Combating COVID-19

The Defense Department is contributing expertise and equipment to the fight against the new coronavirus at home and around the world. Learn more about DOD’s support of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19 pandemic.




The Defense Department has played an integral role in the ramped-up effort to produce N95 respirators for health care and frontline workers across the nation.
A device patented by Army researchers at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland is being commercialized as a tool in the study of COVID-19.
Navy personnel deployed to the Navajo Nation reservation in New Mexico and Arizona to help treat COVID-19 patients.
A DC-8 cargo aircraft from Samaritan's Purse landed at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base carrying supplies for the construction of an emergency field hospital at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California.
The new COVID-19 Remote Monitoring Program equips patients who need additional support with a home health care kit and 24/7 oversight from registered nurses.
With vaccines going into arms across the nation, Operation Warp Speed is on the offense against the pandemic that is attacking the United States, the chief operating officer of the effort, said.
Naval Medical Center San Diego is coordinating with regional installation leaders to vaccinate volunteering first responders, such as frontline health care workers, emergency management service personnel and security forces.
The Guam and Hawaii National Guard participated in a virtual subject matter expert exchange on COVID-19 with the Philippine armed forces as part of the Guard's State Partnership Program.
The Michigan National Guard will work to support hospitals and community health care organizations with logistical and medical assets to ensure the efficient delivery and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.
DOD, Operation Warp Speed and Department of Health and Human Services officials provided an update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and discussed when all Americans might have access to the vaccine.
The nation's first vaccines for the COVID-19 virus will be distributed Monday, following the emergency-use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Army Gen. Gustave F. Perna said.
An assessment by the Food and Drug Administration shows the COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. drug company Pfizer is around 95% effective and could be distributed next week.
Defense Department officials announced a phased and coordinated strategic plan for distributing and administering the initial COVID-19 vaccines during a briefing at the Pentagon.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise across the nation, Brooke Army Medical Center is bracing for the impact of the coming winter months as colder weather drives people indoors where the virus is more likely to spread.
With just four days' notice, 21 airmen assigned to the 96th Medical Group, based at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., deployed to support COVID-19 operations in North Dakota.
Soldiers and community volunteers helped prepare and serve to-go Thanksgiving meals to approximately 200 patrons quarantined during the coronavirus pandemic.
The chief operations officer for Operation Warp Speed discussed how the COVID-19 vaccines will be delivered and administered during a press briefing in Washington, D.C.
In late September, more than 170 North Carolina National Guardsmen were activated to support their state and ease the pressure of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A $1.4 million, 40-bed field hospital donated to South Africa by the United States has been set up in the city of Mahikeng to help fight the coronavirus.
The GiveBack project is a way for Naval Station Rota to give back to the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Army Maj. Joshua Salomon Solheim is one of more than 1,000 Army Reserve medical soldiers who have mobilized since March to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas and local and federal government partners completed a vital project at Guam Memorial Hospital to accommodate those affected by the coronavirus.
Passengers getting off planes coming from outside New York are now being greeted by New York National Guard soldiers and airmen assisting the state health department in enforcing New York's COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Dover Air Force Base is the first Air Mobility Command base to conduct an exercise known as Ready EAGLE, an initiative designed to enhance medical preparedness and response.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, created a new socially distanced music experience for recovering soldiers amid the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, one of the prime missions of Marine Corps Systems Command has been to protect its personnel from the spread of COVID-19.
Army Sgt. John Gotia, a financial management specialist with the 374th Finance Battalion, manages the challenges of being deployed during the pandemic by connecting with his cultural community and cooking.
The Defense Department’s leading logistics agency is playing a key role in the national coronavirus response as it purchases and distributes desperately needed medical supplies for DOD and federal agencies.
Washington Air National Guardsmen continue to participate in a food bank support mission throughout the state during the coronavirus pandemic.
Army Corps of Engineers safety manager Mike Kerr donated 650 ml of convalescent plasma after recovering from COVID-19 to help fellow Oklahomans suffering from the virus.
The Defense Department has provided more than $105 million to 139 countries to aid testing, diagnostic support, infection control, personal protective equipment, contact tracing and more.
The 167th Airlift Wing has supported West Virginia's COVID-19 response efforts with manpower, resources and time almost since the global pandemic began.
The Alaska Air National Guard is supporting local residents by preparing hundred of meals every month at a small kitchen from food donated by food banks and other charitable organizations.
National Guardsmen Air Force Capt. Roger Tran and Army Capt. Jamie Bowden supported the Alaska State Public Health laboratory by processing more than 11,000 COVID-19 samples for testing.
Connecticut National Guardsmen helped both the Connecticut State Department of Education and the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security distribute masks to school districts throughout the state.
Volunteers from the 86th Airlift Wing Chapel began Operation Grace Delivery to help feed those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Vermont Air National Guard undertook a new mission earlier this year assembling COVID-19 test kits and distributing them across the state.
The Michigan Air National Guard assisted with free drive-thru COVID-19 testing for residents of Sturgis, Michigan, as part of a statewide effort to slow the spread of the virus.
The Ohio National Guard continues to assist 14 food bank locations and warehouses across the state as part of COVID-19 response efforts.
U.S. Southern Command has provided ongoing assistance to nations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, has been crucial in supporting COVID-19 testing and mitigation efforts in Texas and across the United States.
Members of the 167th Airlift Wing are working with West Virginia health officials to contact people who have tested positive for COVID-19, guide them through quarantine protocols and collect voluntarily-provided data.
Along with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Defense Department is an integral part of the Operation Warp Speed program, said the DOD's chief of supply and distribution for OWS.
Thefety Tibbs, who was among the first COVID-19 patients treated at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is now among the first of BAMC's former patients to donate convalescent plasma.
The Hawaii National Guard Joint Task Force assisted the city and county of Honolulu with a COVID-19 surge testing program.
Members of the Washington Air National Guard's 194th Wing are working alongside Army National Guardsmen at the food bank in Bonney Lake, Washington, to serve their neighbors in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Service members from across the country who are part of U.S. Army North have converged on San Antonio to support area hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis.
Ten soldiers from the New York Army National Guard volunteered to go to Herkimer County Community College to help distribute milk and fresh produce to county residents.
The Air Mobility Command transported 500 ventilators from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., to Jakarta, Indonesia, in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Ultimately, the U.S. plans to send a total of 1,000 ventilators.
In the midst of hurricane season, the fight against COVID-19 rages on, and readiness and response duties continue for members of the Connecticut Army and Air National Guard.
Travis Air Force Base in California has a new isolated containment chamber that can safely transport infectious disease patients — including those with novel coronavirus — on board an aircraft.
U.S. Southern Command's Joint Task Force Bravo donated personal protective equipment and medications to support the municipalities of Villa de San Antonio, La Paz, Ajuterique and Lejamani in Honduras.
The Ohio National Guard will continue assisting food bank partners to address food insecurity across the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, developed a talented team of health experts dedicated to tracing close contacts of COVID-19-positive patients.
Several of the Army's Organic Industrial Base facilities are producing, repairing and repurposing equipment to augment the supply of essential resources required to support the nation's response to COVID-19.
Operation Warp Speed is a public-private partnership with the goal of delivering 300 hundred million doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the year.
Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is expanding its use of a highly specialized treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients. 
Airmen assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, California, delivered humanitarian aid supplies to Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.
Soldiers from Fort Jackson supported pandemic response efforts by hosting drive-thru COVID-19 testing just outside of the post's Palmetto Falls Water Park in Columbia, South Carolina.
The Connecticut National Guard has teamed up with the state's Department of Public Health to inspect nursing homes and assisted living facilities as part of Connecticut's COVID-19 response.
Employees of the Washington Military Department have been at the center of the COVID-19 response since the beginning, helping the state's health department with pandemic planning before the virus was even on the national radar.
With the recent surge in COVID-19, the beds are quickly filling in the intensive care units at Brooke Army Medical Center, a sprawling military hospital and Level I trauma center in the heart of San Antonio.
Members of the North Carolina National Guard are building a relationship of trust with the diverse communities they serve that goes beyond the traditional duties they perform during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nevada National Guardsmen supported the COVID-19 testing of more than 100 members of the Shoshone Native American tribe in a remote area of the state.
The Michigan National Guard provided free drive-thru COVID-19 testing for Flint and Genesee County residents.
The 3rd Medical Command and Task Force Spartan toured a unique quarantine facility operated by Kuwait’s Defense Ministry.
The Ohio National Guard dealt with the issue of food shortages in the state during the coronavirus pandemic by going to the root of the problem — developing an urban farm.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Navy Medicine has continually adapted to meet the evolving nature of COVID-19, including with the historic deployment of Naval Hospital Jacksonville's Expeditionary Medical Facility-M.
The Louisiana National Guard has more than 1,140 soldiers and airmen assisting with the COVID-19 response.
The department has been on the front lines of America's fight against COVID-19 from the start, and service members remain ready to provide support, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said.
Marines who have tested positive for COVID-19 are doing their part to find an effective treatment for the coronavirus by donating plasma at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
After months of support, the Nebraska National Guard is transitioning its COVID-19 testing mission to civilian health care workers throughout the state.
Small businesses are helping to meet the nation's demand for COVID-19 supplies, and the Defense Logistics Agency is playing a key role in accomplishing that task. 
About 740 Defense Department medical and support professionals from the Army, Navy and Air Force are supporting DOD's ongoing COVID-19 operations in Texas and California.
It's an invisible enemy. At least that's how soldiers felt about COVID-19 after their six-week stint at the overburdened University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, where they said it was more like a war zone.
Members of New Jersey's Army National Guard were mobilized to support the state's primary election in response to concerns about a shortage of poll workers and volunteers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The North Carolina National Guard helped distribute thousands of thermometers, face shields, gowns and surgical masks to support school nurses in public and charter schools throughout the state.
Medical personnel from the Indiana National Guard are assisting with statewide testing of more than 47,000 employees at 520 long-term care facilities.
Members of the Kansas National Guard stepped in to support state emergency officials working to provide millions of meals to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
National Guard soldiers distributed food to about 250 families at Midway Elementary School in Dunn, N.C.
National Guardsmen teamed up with medical personnel to help with drive-thru coronavirus testing for the Middletown, Ohio, community.
Soldiers with the Michigan National Guard's Task Force 182nd provided free COVID-19 drive-thru testing in Cadillac, Michigan, for anyone who wanted to be tested.
Guardsmen integrated with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency's incident management team to assist in planning the agency's COVID-19 response.
Two months after COVID-19 began spreading throughout Ohio, a team of 20 airmen and soldiers was activated to help care for residents at an assisted living facility that was being overwhelmed by the virus.
As part of COVID-19 response, soldiers from the North Carolina Army National Guard distributed food to struggling families living in a remote area of the state.
Soldiers with the Florida National Guard supported local and state authorities in the move, setup and resumption of operations for two community-based COVID-19 testing sites in Broward County.
Originally called on for a two-week mission, the Oregon National Guard ultimately expanded from 14 to 183 soldiers working to support COVID-19 response efforts over a period of 79 days.
Two members of the Ohio National Guard have been using their Spanish skills to provide Hispanic families with the critical information they need during food bank operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Michigan National Guard has teamed up with a local health department as COVID-19 testing continues throughout the state.
Members of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, in coordination with the State Department and U.S. Africa Command, delivered hospital beds to the Djibouti Ministry of Health.
A safety specialist from Fort Knox said a recent doctor's visit started her on a path toward donating convalescent plasma to help treat others with COVID-19.
Danielle Lee Loera, the spouse of a technical sergeant at Travis Air Force Base, California, has designed a clear face mask that allows lip reading and visible facial expressions, benefiting the hearing impaired.
Partnerships with local emergency agencies has been crucial to the success of the Florida National Guard's mission to support the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
Senior noncommissioned officers and other airmen at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, participated in a community outreach event to help local people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Army Lt. Col. Lucas Lanczy had the foresight to anticipate that someone could become COVID-19 positive during the 107th Engineer Battalion's annual training program.
Members of the North Carolina National Guard stepped into the breach to help provide school breakfasts and lunches for students whose classrooms had been closed down by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Defense Department's priority has been to protect the more than 3 million service members, their families and all DOD civilians and contractors, while continuing the national security mission during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DOD and the DFC signed a memorandum of agreement to use $100 million of DOD's CARES Act money to subsidize federal loans for domestic industrial base capabilities to support the national COVID-19 response.
The Nevada Army National Guard has answered the call to serve during the nation's fight against COVID-19 with the largest response mission in its history.
The last group of airmen from the Air Force Reserve’s 307th Medical Squadron returned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, after supporting New York in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Operation Warp Speed will hasten the delivery of a COVID-19 vaccine by conducting steps concurrently that normally would be conducted sequentially, senior administration officials said.
After leading the charge in the fight against COVID-19 in major Nevada cities, Guard soldiers have shifted their focus to helping rural residents.
Army engineers have been mobilizing to COVID-19 hotspots around the nation, using their unique talents in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 75 military medical personnel have deployed from Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas to hard-hit areas such as New York, Seattle and Guam to help fight COVID-19.
Defense Department personnel assigned to the U.S. Embassies in South Africa and Eswatini met at the border between the two nations to hand off thousands of face shields, masks and thermometers earmarked for the Eswatini Ministry of Health.
With schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the California National Guard are volunteering each week to package and distribute school meals to students in need.
Because the demand for masks grew during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. industry is expected to greatly increase the production of N95 masks next year, the COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force director said.
The Michigan National Guard visited three long-term care facilities to assist with continued COVID-19 testing in Berrien County.
While many college students completed their spring semester virtually, one Boston University undergraduate and Army Reserve soldier found himself in the epicenter of the response efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of the Iowa National Guard are setting up a new COVID-19 testing site which will help track the spread of the virus throughout the state.
The Delaware National Guard continues its community-based testing mission, which has enabled thousands of Delawareans to get checked for COVID-19.
The Pennsylvania National Guard has assembled a task force to conduct point prevalence sampling at nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the commonwealth.
The Washington National Guard answered the state's call to conduct COVID-19 testing on the Quinault Indian Nation Reservation.
Sailors and civilians at a Navy mail facility in San Diego have taken on up to 10 times the amount of mail than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The global race to field a lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine may be nearing its last lap, as the Army aims for a vaccine by the end of this year.
North Carolina National Guardsmen assigned to the 42nd Civil Support Team supported a drive-thru COVID-19 test site at Deep River Elementary School in Sanford, N.C.
Two airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Wing have been supporting the Defense Department's effort to combat COVID-19 since March.
Members of the Oklahoma National Guard are supporting the Oklahoma State Health Department in fulfilling Gov. Kevin Stitt's continued efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state.
While juggling a full load of online courses, two University of Kansas citizen-soldier students jumped at the opportunity to serve their community.
Airmen with the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing stepped up to help the state's most vulnerable population at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland.
Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 may hold treatment in their veins that could help others who are critically ill with the respiratory infection. 
The cross-functional Forward Assessment Sustainment Team, or FAST 1 from the 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, recently completed its mission in Detroit and returned home to Fort Riley, Kansas.
Marines and sailors assigned to the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, who formed the command element for U.S. Northern Command's COVID-19 response, returned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Naval Medical Center San Diego held a staff appreciation luncheon to honor their contributions to patient care and emphasize the importance of giving back to the employees on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Florida National Guard is providing support at the Miami Beach and Hard Rock Stadium testing sites to help state and local partners conduct antibody testing for first responders.
The community at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, gave their high school seniors a graduation they wouldn't forget despite the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.
Veterans are special, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Michigan wants to ensure that no veterans living in Michigan veterans homes fall victim to the coronavirus.
The Wyoming Public Health Laboratory is collaborating with the 84th Civil Support Team to deploy the team's mobile laboratory to support increased COVID-19 testing capacity.
Boy Scout Troop 73 and Navy personnel at Naval Station Rota in Spain organized a GiveBack project to aid their Spanish hosts in local communities hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Soldiers from the Maryland Army National Guard's 115th Military Police Battalion are supporting the first state-sponsored, community-based COVID-19 testing site at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster, Maryland.
In addition to continuing normal operations at Cannon Air Force Base's dining facility, the 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron's services flight has provided more than 2,500 meals since May 7 for airmen who are in quarantine.
Playing an important role in the state's recovery efforts, members of the Washington National Guard are helping to make sure COVID-19 test kids are readily available.
The Georgia National Guard, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health and Augusta University, is assisting COVID-19 testing facilities in response to the public health state of emergency.
An Air Force National Guard chaplain is providing his services at a Massachusetts soldiers' home, offering inspirational support and connecting with veterans as part of his unique mission.
Letterkenny Army Depot's upholstery shop in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, switched gears from its military mission to produce personal protective equipment for a local health care system.
Dover Air Force Base, Delaware will be the home for one of the leading assets in the battle against COVID-19 — the transport isolation system.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, so does the threat from wildfires. California National Guardsmen are training to fight the devastating fires that have destroyed communities and taken dozens of lives across the state in recent years.
In the three and a half months since the first COVID-19 case was diagnosed in the United States, Montana continued to have the second-lowest number of total cases and the lowest number of cases per capita of any state in the country.
An Army garrison in Belgium turned an unused church into a medical waystation for service members suffering from the symptoms of COVID-19.
The Army’s 1st Medical Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas is on the cutting edge when it comes to protecting citizens, this time in response to COVID-19.
The Defense Department has honored health care workers and others who are risking their lives on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic with military flyovers across the U.S.
President Donald J. Trump announced Army Gen. Gustave F. Perna will co-lead an effort, dubbed Operation Warp Speed, to find a vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021.
Fort Polk-based Army medics deployed overseas to help soldiers and civilians as they endeavor to provide peace and security, and to do battle with a new enemy: COVID-19.
Soldiers and other volunteers expect to create more than 13,500 face shields for hospitals and health care workers combating COVID-19 across the country through the use of 3D printing.
Almost 47,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen have been activated to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, marking the Guard's largest domestic response since Hurricane Katrina.
First responders were honored during a 'Heroes Through Housing' event at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, aimed at boosting morale during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Army technology that's used to root out terrorism threats is now being deployed to help monitor the spread of COVID-19.
Thirteen Naval Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pensacola sailors returned to Florida after supporting COVID-19 relief efforts aboard the USNS Comfort in New York.
With kits for in-house testing, 96th Medical Group lab technicians at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., can cut the two-day processing time in half.
The Florida Army National Guard's 256th Medical Company Area Support has played an intricate and evolving role in the state's COVID-19 pandemic response.
An Army infectious diseases physician from Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas, played a key role in supporting the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt's response to COVID-19 in Guam.
Airmen operating out of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport's Air Mobility Command passenger terminal have implemented procedures to ensure the safety of workers and travelers during the pandemic.
Developers from the Army Research Laboratory are collaborating with civilian partners to manufacture low-cost, emergency ventilators using 3D printers.
Iowa Army National Guard soldiers helped their fellow Iowans by transporting COVID-19 test kits.
Some 14,000 Defense Department employees from the U.S. Northern Command are battling COVID-19 in the United States, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said.
North Carolina National Guard soldiers are giving back to their communities by delivering food to those in need as part of a statewide mission to assist health and emergency officials during the coronavirus pandemic.
New York National Guard soldiers, airmen and active duty and civilian medical providers fighting COVID-19 in New York City are getting the benefit of licks and a wagging tail to lift their spirits.
With restrictions in place to keep people safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, chaplains at Dover Air Force Base, Del., channeled their creativity into finding new ways of inspiring airmen and supporting spiritual resilience.
Navy Lt. (Dr.) Aaron Chambers, a doctor of podiatric medicine and fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, is helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Airmen have outfitted several models of government vehicles with transparent interior barriers in an effort to mitigate potential exposure to COVID-19 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
As part of the COVID-19 response, three Army programs led the initiative to use thermal imaging devices to screen for elevated body temperatures among personnel entering military facilities.
Despite staff shortages and health-related operating protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., animal shelter still offers limited capabilities.
More than 75 nurses at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany are volunteering to help critical care staff fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New Jersey National Guard teamed up with active-duty airmen, the Coast Guard and U.S. Northern Command civilians to establish a joint operations center for the state’s COVID-19 response.
Within weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic's spread, Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, drew on its deep bench of research expertise to join the global race to find a treatment for the coronavirus disease.
Two specially trained Michigan guardsmen are working in a highly technical lab to help the state with its influx of tests for COVID-19.
Sailors assigned to Task Force 75.5 achieved the engineering initial operating capability of a 150-bed expeditionary medical facility as part of the Defense Department's fight against COVID-19 on Naval Base Guam.
Air Force airmen and contractors from the 727th Air Mobility Squadron delivered much needed supplies to Ghana where they were distributed to COVID-19 hot spots in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
The Defense Logistics Agency has ordered more than $920 million in lifesaving supplies and equipment to support the nation’s COVID-19 response so far.
Air Mobility Command's Transport Isolation System, used for transporting COVID-19 positive patients in aircraft, is the latest medical transportation development in DOD history of caring for the sick and wounded.
The religious ministries department at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, secured the donation of three pallets of food and nonperishable items for distribution to the local Italian community which was hard-hit by COVID-19.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, New York City took a hard hit. In need of relief, the city turned to the United States military for support.
In February, residents of Miami Beach, Florida, were thinking about the 80,000 visitors flooding their convention center for the NFL Experience and Super Bowl LIV. But a lot can change in two months.
Doctors, nurses and medics from the Florida National Guard joined Florida International University at the Miami Beach Convention Center to conduct training in preparation of possibly receiving patients at the alternate care facility.
Active-duty service members, reservists and National Guardsmen medical personnel and support troops are in place waging the fight against the virus, Army Lt. Col Chris Mitchell said.
Alaska National Guard leaders have built on their preemptive measures to mitigate the potential harm done by the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Thousands of New York National Guard troops are supporting COVID-19 response efforts across their state, from answering public hotlines and delivering food to retrieving the remains of those who have passed away.
The hospital ship USNS Comfort, moored in New York, has begun admitting patients from hospitals in New Jersey in an effort to expand its support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts.
Members of the Florida Army National Guard are assisting with COVID-19 testing for veterans and staff at a nursing home in southern Florida.
Government organizations and nationwide hospitals are getting valuable assets to confront the coronavirus pandemic from a Defense Department asset that manages the military's excess equipment.
The Army Corps of Engineers is on Day 35 of building 28 alternate-care facilities with about 15,800 beds, Army Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, said today. 
A small group works around the clock overseeing Air Mobility Command's contribution to the COVID-19 pandemic fight and arming mobility airmen with clear guidance on executing safe and effective operations.
The chief of operations for the Illinois National Guard joint task force responding to the COVID-19 pandemic briefed Pentagon reporters on the Guard's activities throughout the state.
A Defense Department contract under the Defense Production Act will provide more than 39 million N95 respirator masks over the next 90 days to help in the fight against the coronavirus, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said.
Soldiers and airmen from the Massachusetts National Guard have been working together to complete mobile COVID-19 testing on patients at nursing homes throughout the commonwealth.
U.S. Transportation Command is moving people and supplies around the world in support of the whole-of-government effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of the Air Mobility Command used the Transport Isolation System — an infectious disease containment unit — to evacuate three COVID-19 patients from Afghanistan to Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
The Army has mobilized eight Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces to the East Coast to support the coronavirus relief efforts and curb the spread of disease, senior Army leaders said. 
Military medicine is at the front lines of the national COVID-19 response, bringing unique and agile expertise and rapidly deployable resources to the fight, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said.
As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, the Army has deployed its own medical professionals to the field and is now calling on former soldiers to join the battle.
The Defense Department's medical apparatus is operating across the country to bring its expertise and capacity to bear against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Army Corps of Engineers is making significant progress in providing thousands of hospital beds for the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic in facilities built to handle patients with and without the virus.
Army Corps of Engineers personnel are assessing or building structures for both non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 hospitals at the request of mayors and governors from multiple states and territories.
Marines on the Japanese island of Okinawa have turned their workspace, ordinarily used for 3D printing parts for aviation maintenance, into a personal protection equipment factory in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.
More than two dozen members of the New Jersey National Guard are supporting their state's COVID-19 response efforts — establishing a medical station at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey.
The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort and the Defense Department-run alternate care facility at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, both in New York City, are now taking patients with COVID-19, defense medical officials said.
The Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy deployed to Los Angeles in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts and is serving as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients.
Mayors and governors looking to get assessments of certain sites that have the potential to temporarily act as medical facilities can look to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for help. 
The Air Force's Air Mobility Command is preparing for a ninth flight that will bring coronavirus testing swabs from Italy to Memphis, Tenn., for distribution across the United States, a top Air Force official said.
Soldiers assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group's Group Support Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, are manufacturing personal protective equipment for routine care and protection against COVID-19.
The Army is assembling a 250-bed field hospital in Seattle that's meant to treat non-COVID-19 patients so area hospitals will be able to free up their own beds to care for those who have contracted the disease.
The Wisconsin National Guard is helping staff self-isolation facilities in Milwaukee and Madison and polling locations across the state for the April 7 election due to a shortage of volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New York District of the Army Corps of Engineers has completed its conversion of the 1,800,000-square-foot Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City into an alternate care facility for more than 2,000 non-COVID-19 patients.
The Defense Department is rapidly ramping up its efforts to fight COVID-19 and assist federal, state and local governments in their efforts.
Joint Staff logisticians are working around the clock to help civilian authorities deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
As two Navy hospital ships begin seeing patients in New York and Los Angeles, the Defense Department is going all out to support civilian agencies confronting the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy has begun accepting non-COVID-19 patients in Los Angeles, freeing up local hospitals to focus on coronavirus cases.
The USNS Mercy's presence in Los Angeles will allow local hospitals to concentrate on COVID-19 care while the hospital ship's medical crew handles cases that are not related to the disease.
The Army Corps of Engineers will be transforming buildings into hospitals in the next two to three weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the commander of the Corps said.
Military and civilian personnel of U.S. European Command are working with allies and partners in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.

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