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April 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update #7

As we begin week seven of COVID-19 relief missions for the state of New Hampshire, just over 500 guardsmen are supporting eight different missions across the state, an increase of more than 140 soldiers and airmen since my last update. From helping distribute food to an estimated 750 families in the North Country this past weekend, to the 12th Civil Support Team fielding its first mobile lab Friday to test staff and residents of long term care facilities, the NHNG has been an omnipresent force of good.

April 22, 2020

NH guardsmen band together at call centers

New Hampshire guardsmen continue answering the call to support COVID-19 operations at employment security call centers in the capital region. The mission has expanded from a lone center staffed by 19 airmen, to four call centers comprising 240 total guardsmen.

April 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update #6

Our lines of effort continue to increase as we begin week six of what has been the longest continuous mobilization of New Hampshire National Guard resources for a domestic response in the past half century. Not since an 18-month stretch from 2006 to 2007, when three separate 100-year storms devastated the Granite State with severe flooding, has the National Guard been used with such frequency.

April 17, 2020

NH guardsmen train with civilian law enforcement

One of the latest COVID-19 support requests for the New Hampshire National Guard features 90 soldiers and airmen training with civilian law enforcement, per direction of Gov. Chris Sununu. Videoconferencing was employed to best facilitate social distancing.

April 14, 2020

COVID-19 Update #5

To date, nearly 190 NH guardsmen and women are supporting eight different missions across the state. They include the NH Food Bank, the Employment Security Call Center, warehouse and distribution operations of all PPE statewide, hospital surge planning, cyber security of the state’s information systems, state emergency operation center support and other Department of Health and Human Services initiatives. Moreover, we have personnel working behind the scenes from our armories, air base, training sites and homes to ensure a constant state of readiness.

April 9, 2020

Pease Airmen answering the call

A small, centralized COVID-19 mission is making a big difference: a call center, supported by 19 Pease Airmen from the 157th Air Refueling Wing, that's tucked away in the basement cafeteria of the New Hampshire State Fire Academy. The makeshift center, supervised by New Hampshire Employment Security, has been fielding thousands of claims per day made by people in desperate need of unemployment benefits.

April 6, 2020

COVID-19 Update #4

For the first time since 9/11, the number of New Hampshire guardsmen and women on state active duty has surpassed the total currently deployed overseas. As of today, 134 soldiers and airmen are supporting seven different missions in concert with the state’s campaign against COVID-19.

April 1, 2020

Making a Pledge

A small ceremony marking the start of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month was held at the New Hampshire National Guard State Military Reservation in Concord, April 1, 2020. Senior leaders lined up to adorn a pledge board with signatures to demonstrate support for survivors and to promote prevention and awareness.

March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Update #3

Eighteen days and 19 emergency declarations into New Hampshire’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, you continue to perform with uncommon grace and professionalism. As of today, the New Hampshire National Guard is supporting six different missions across the state.

March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update #2

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve at an unprecedented rate. Over the weekend, President Trump approved Title 32 status (100 percent federal reimbursement) for Washington, California and New York states. Here in New Hampshire, we continue to take steps to mitigate risks to our force and families while posturing for state active duty missions. Our enduring priorities remain: 1) Protect the Force and Our Families,2) Ensure That We Are Mission Ready, and 3) Support the Partners in the COVID-19 Response.

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