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UPDATE: National Guard training to help in COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 4:39 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 17:39:07-04

The Louisiana National Guard has provided an update on their operations in support of the state's response to COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, more than 155 soldiers and airmen have been activiated, not including those full-time Guardsmen who are working to assist in the response. The number of Guardsmen activated and equipment utilized is anticipated to increase until the situation is stabilized, officials say.

The Louisiana National Guard has mobilized Guardsmen to support current operations, including medical support, engineering assessment support, shelter security, traffic control point and drive-through testing site support and to provide liaison officer teams to Parish Emergency Operations Centers.

“Aside from our Guardsmen already responding, we are continuing to lean forward and plan for possible follow-on missions that we may be called upon to perform,” said Brig. Gen. D. Keith Waddell, adjutant general of the LANG. “As our missions develop and increase, today’s preparations will lead to tomorrow’s success.”

According to the Guard, In order to assist civil authorities, the LANG is ensuring the health and safety of its Soldiers and Airmen. The LANG is actively taking steps to support health protection in order to maintain mission readiness, such as: limiting non mission-specific travel, educating and enforcing strict CDC-recommended hygiene measures, and monitoring Guardsmen’s temperature readings and overall health on a daily basis.