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June 9, 2020

COVID-19 Update #11

After three months of continuous activation, we have finally helped turn the tide against the COVID-19 pandemic. Your dedication and commitment to your communities and fellow citizens is paying off.

May 29, 2020

The IT factor

Returning home from a 400-day deployment battling global cyber threats, the New Hampshire National Guard’s newest detachment found itself on the frontlines of a different kind of fight. Shortly after redeploying from Fort Meade, the citizen-soldiers of Detachment 1, 136th Cyber Support Company were at it again, helping the state’s Department of Information Technology monitor a massive upswing in computer usage by state employees teleworking in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 22, 2020

Different kind of Memorial Day

While this Memorial Day looks much different from those in the past, we still come together and remember those who gave their lives to preserve our freedoms that we so dearly cherish.

May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update #10

The beat goes on for the New Hampshire National Guard as COVID-19 relief efforts across the Granite State continue. While local businesses and recreation slowly begin to reopen, more than 650 New Hampshire guardsmen continue to support eight lines of effort concurrently. To date, the totals are a staggering reflection of the workload being handled by our five task forces.

May 15, 2020

His finger’s on the pulse

As businesses and recreation begin to slowly reopen throughout New Hampshire, the requirement for COVID-19 testing grows. That’s where the skill set of Capt. Benjamin Hagstrom comes into sharp focus. The medical officer for Joint Task Force 197 is the lead planner for the state’s one mobile and six drive-thru testing sites.

May 12, 2020

Guardsman and Guardian Angel

Maj. Tori Scearbo is one of thousands of state medical professionals working the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has been taking care of patients since the virus spread to New Hampshire in March. A native of Bangor, Maine, she serves in the New Hampshire Air National Guard as a nurse for the 157th Medical Group, Det. 1 CERFP, and as a critical care nurse at Portsmouth Hospital.

May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Update #9

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy Mother’s Day, especially our mothers serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was another busy week for us as we activated another 75-soldiers over the weekend. To date, more than 650 New Hampshire guardsmen – 450 NHARNG soldiers and 200 NHANG airmen – are supporting COVID-19 relief efforts across the state. Five task forces continue to run eight lines of effort concurrently.

May 4, 2020

COVID-19 Update #8

It’s hard to believe eight weeks have come to a close. Nearly an entire summer vacation has passed since schools closed, stay-at-home orders were issued and the New Hampshire National Guard mobilized in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. By far, this has been the most comprehensive and protracted response to a domestic crisis in modern history for the National Guard. As Gov. Chris Sununu said during a recent press conference, “The Guard has been an incredible resource for the state.” To date, 589 NH National Guard soldiers and airmen are directly involved in relief efforts. Five separate task forces are running eight lines of effort concurrently.  

May 1, 2020

NH Guard staffs multiple COVID-19 test sites

NH guardsmen this week began manning five drive-thru COVID-19 test sites for residents not able to access clinics or urgent care centers. The fixed sites are located here at the local armory, Tamworth, Claremont, Lancaster armory, and Plymouth armory. They are intended to help Gov. Chris Sununu meet his goal of 1,500 tests per day.

April 29, 2020

NH guardsmen manage massive warehouse operations for COVID-19 relief efforts

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drive demand for personal protective equipment, astute management of New Hampshire’s cache of masks, face shields, gowns and gloves is paramount. The endeavor requires a full-time commitment of manpower and muscle to sort, store, secure and deliver a steady stream of PPE to first responders and healthcare professionals across the state.  Enter a dedicated team of New Hampshire Army National Guard citizen-soldiers.  

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