Coronavirus Disease 2019: COVID-19

» Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 impact to the U.S. Army Reserve (updated May 19, 2020)

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The 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support) Operational Command Post (MC(DS) OCP), 807 MEDCOM, deployed from Fort Douglas, Utah, in support of the Department of Defense COVID-19 response. The Soldiers left behind masks worn on their mission to the U.S. Army Medical Museum, Fort Sam Houston Texas. These Soldiers answer this question: “If your masks could tell a story, What would they share about this fight?”.
On this episode of AR/60: 1. Virtual Battle Assemblies are now in full swing. 2. Help to train for ACFT without equipment; 3. Career Progression resources available virtually.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rachelle Dominique, a behavioral health specialist, assigned to the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force, visits patients and allows them to communicate with their families via video chat at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, N.Y., May 27, 2020. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Zoe Russell)
To respond to the growing needs of the United States, the Department of Defense evaluated a variety of medical capabilities available to meet the needs of FEMA. A U.S. Army Reserve concept, the Urban Augmentation Medical Task force (UAMTF) was developed and employed during COVID-19 relief operations to alleviate human suffering and assist civilian medical professionals. The UAMTF stands ready to deploy and respond to homeland and overseas medical emergencies. (U.S. Air Force video by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Asselta & Staff Sgt. Zoe Russell)
Members of the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 811-1 are recognized for their service during an award and farewell ceremony at Stamford Hospital-Bennett Medical Center, Connecticut, May 19, 2020. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Zoe Russell)
In the fight against the COVID-19 virus, U.S. Army North employed a new pandemic response unit called the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force. Each UAMTF consists of 85 U.S. Army Reserve medical personnel. The UAMTF 801-2 worked alongside United States Public Health Service officers and civilian medical personnel to kill the virus at the TCF Center in Detroit, Michigan, April 10th, 2020 through May 6th, 2020. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the whole-of-nation COVID-19 response. (U.S. Army video by Spc. Brian Pearson)
Episode 1: Binson attempts to figure out what social distancing is and why it's an important guideline for children to follow. Binson is an energetic and lovable character who teaches children important lessons about COVID-19 and other issues through his playful exploration. Through such play, he finds the reasons for the guidelines that Army Reserve Families should follow. These short shows are intended for children of all ages.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, gives an assessment of the past 30 days, during which newly formed Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces have been deployed across the country. Soldiers within America's Army Reserve are part of a historic effort by providing medical assistance, sustainment operations and other capabilities in the fight against COVID-19.
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There are more than 2,800 Soldiers mobilized in support of U.S. Army North and Northern Command. We are providing augmentation support with a full range of capabilities to include medical and logistics. America's Army Reserve is structured with dual-purpose capabilities and, as such, is a Federal Response Partner, maintaining a ready posture for Defense Support of Civil Authorities.
A "friendly" drill sergeant roams the hallways of the U.S. Army Reserve Headquarters building at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to remind Soldiers of social practices in the fight against COVID-19. As military personnel begin to return to the office in the coming weeks or months, it's important to continue proper hygiene with 20 seconds of hand-washing and protecting one another by wearing a face mask while interacting with fellow service members in close environments when 6 feet of distancing is not possible.
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Army is implementing Department of Defense guidance on the use of cloth face coverings. Soldiers, family members, Army civilian employees and contractors should follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines on the use of cloth face coverings in public settings or where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick. Learn more at the link below about when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.
On this episode of AR/60: 1. Army Reserve Soldiers with Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces are providing medical relief in response to COVID-19; 2. Guidance for washing your hands and what to do when touching surfaces in public spaces; 3. Wear cloth face coverings in public where 6 feet of social distance isn't possible.
The U.S. Army Reserve has nearly 3,000 Soldiers supporting the fight against COVID-19. We will continue to support U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other agencies as needed by providing direct medical care and critical resources. Learn more at
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army Reserve has authorized all units to perform Virtual Battle Assemblies (VBAs) for all Troop Program Unit (TPU) commands. VBAs have been put in place to ensure Soldiers have the maximum means to maintain individual Soldier readiness, build resiliency and provide financial stability and security to Soldiers and their families.
Brig. Gen. Dustin Shultz gives an update on how the U.S. Army Reserve is sending Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces to the areas in need of assistance. These forces consist of critical medical specialties and providers from the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support) and 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support) to support U.S. Army North, FEMA and the Department of Health and Human Services at field medical sites in cities across the nation.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, clarifies guidance on personal protective equipment and reinforces the importance of wearing PPE to protect our Soldiers and the future readiness of the Army. For more information about U.S. Army Reserve COVID-19 guidance and response, visit Video by Sgt. Bethany Huff, 99th Readiness Division
3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support) Commanding General Maj. Gen. Joe Robinson addresses Soldiers for their bravery in answering the nation's call as they prepare to provide medical support to COVID-19 efforts. Video by Maj. Satomi Mack-Martin, Capt. Burke Tervort, Sgt. Melanie Workman & Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tom Graham
The U.S. Army Reserve is responding with appropriate measures to protect the health of our force and support the nation while maintaining operational readiness, supporting the Army and other government agencies’ response to COVID-19.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, stands with the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces (UAMTFs) that are supporting our communities and nation in response to COVID-19. Video by Sgt. Bethany Huff, 99th Readiness Division
Command Sgt. Maj. Ted Copeland, command sergeant major of the Army Reserve, talks about how the Army Reserve will continue to train and improve individual readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, reinforces his previous guidance on maintaining proper standards and discipline to ensure we limit the spread of COVID-19. Updates include battle assemblies, pay for Army Reserve Soldiers, and how America's Army Reserve is providing support in the fight against the coronavirus.
Lt. Gen Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, gives guidance to unit commanders and Soldiers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, he addresses the suspension of battle assembly training, the stop of military travel, and precautions to take to defend personal and public health.
In this episode of AR/60, we talk about COVID-19: 1. How to stay healthy; 2. The U.S. Department of Defense's 3 priorities; 3. Travel restrictions; 4. Lt. Gen. Charles D Luckey's guidance
Lt. Gen Charles D. Luckey gives guidance to Army Reserve Families about COVID-19 along with Julie Luckey, Army Reserve senior spouse, and Col. Mary Reed, U.S. Army Reserve Command Surgeon.

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Coronavirus Facts

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified.  Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a new disease never seen before in humans.  It is different from other human coronaviruses that cause the common cold.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including: Avoid close contact with people who are sick; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; wash hand with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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Isolation and quarantine are public health practices used to stop or limit the spread of disease.

» Isolation is used to separate ill persons who have a communicable disease from those who are healthy. Isolation restricts the movement of ill persons to help stop the spread of certain diseases. For example, hospitals use isolation for patients with infectious tuberculosis.

» Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. Quarantine can also help limit the spread of communicable disease.

Isolation and quarantine are used to protect the public by preventing exposure to infected persons or to persons who may be infected.

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No gym needed to improve fitness
U.S. Army Reserve Master Sgt. Susan Benavidez, an operations non-commissioned officer with the 211th Regional Support Group and Hood Mobilization Brigade, shows off her social distancing shirt during a workout session on March 25, 2020 at Fort Hood stadium. Soldiers with the Hood Mob Brigade practiced social distancing during their fitness sessions. 

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jasmine Edden
June 26, 2020 - Maintaining physical fitness is an individual requirement for every service member. Training the body to be prepared for the rigors of combat takes dedication, motivation, and a fitness training plan that pushes your body to be tougher, faster and develop greater endurance. Traditionally, having access to gyms and company organized physical training helped Soldiers meet these goals by providing weights, cardio equipment, and workout programs.

9th Mission Support Command responds to COVID-19 pandemic
Sgt. 1st Class Gilberto Rivera and Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Hannah pose for a photo in front of the runway upon completion of receiving Army Medical Lab equipment , May 7, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in support of COVID19 response efforts and delivery of critical lab equipment from Hawaii to American Samoa, providing them additional testing capabilities.
June 25, 2020 - The 9th Mission Support Command, headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, has mobilized close to 400 personnel since March, throughout the Pacific, to provide assistance to Defense Support to Civil Authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Protecting the protectors: Reserve Soldier on front lines helps contain COVID-19 spread
Capt. Holly Beard, an Army entomologist, prepares to conduct an inspection while deployed to Newark, New Jersey. Beard joined an Army Urban Augmentation Medical Task force that helped support overworked healthcare professionals at Newark's University Hospital. (Courtesy Photo)
June 24, 2020 - She left for her first Army mission without knowledge of her final destination, or when she’d be able to return home to her two dogs, cat and bearded dragon. As she prepared to leave for the mission in early April, Capt. Holly Beard, an Army Reserve entomologist, had only one certainty: she’d be battling against the spread of a deadly virus.

Childhood tumor leads hockey player to health care career, the Army and COVID-19 battle
1Lt. James Ennis, resident of Salem, N.H. just completed a deployment to combat COVID-19 at Elmhurst Hospital-Queens, as part of an Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force with the US Army Reserve. 
It has been an honor to represent the Army in this unprecedented time in the battle against COVID-19. To have the US Army Reserve mobilized within the United States working alongside Joint Forces as well as civilians in the epicenter of this pandemic has been life changing. I have never been prouder to be a part of a team that helped people of the United States in one of the most difficult times of their lives.
June 17, 2020 - He had taken hits on the ice before. But not like this. During a hockey game in 2001, an opponent knocked 13-year-old Jimmy Ennis to the floor and swiped him briskly on the chin. The incident led to the discovery of a brain tumor, and his treatment inspired his future work in health care, which now includes serving as part of an Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force in response to COVID-19.

Army Reserve Soldiers from Minnesota and Wisconsin rapidly deploy to fight COVID-19
Members of UAMTF 452-1 receive an in-briefing from New Jersey Department of Health and New Jersey State Police staff upon arrival to FMS Edison, April 9, 2020.
June 16, 2020 - Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 452-1, with 85 Soldiers mostly from Wisconsin and Minnesota, rapidly deployed to Field Medical Station (FMS) Edison on April 8, 2020.

9th MSC Theater Support Group conducts Change of Command while complying with COVID-19 guidelines
Honolulu, Hawaii – The 9th Mission Support Command’s Theater Support Group welcomed its sixth brigade commander during a Change of Command Ceremony June 6, 2020 at the Daniel K. Inouye Complex at Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii.

Brig. Gen. Timothy Connelly, commanding general of the 9th MSC, presided and oversaw the changing of the colors from outgoing commander, Col. Travis Delk, to incoming commander, Col. Mark Schoenfeld.
June 12, 2020 - The 9th Mission Support Command’s Theater Support Group welcomed its sixth brigade commander during a Change of Command Ceremony June 6, 2020, at the Daniel K. Inouye Complex at Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii.

Md. nurse practitioner served first mobilization on the front lines of military COVID-19 response
Capt. Chimdinma Barbara Ojini pictured at Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York City. Ojini, a nurse practitioner, is one of more than 1200 Army Reserve medical professionals that have mobilized with Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces as part of the Department of Defense response to COVID-19.
June 11, 2020 - “My passion is giving patients hope and helping them to recover from their illness,” stated Capt. Chimdinma Deborah Ojini. “I am glad to answer the nation’s call to help the American public, even with the few hours of notice.” A nurse practitioner serving on the front lines of the national COVID-19 response as a member of an Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force, Ojini marked her one-year commissioning anniversary of when she first became an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.


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