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NEWS | April 23, 2020

Everything counts in fight against COVID-19

By Spc. Jakheem Folks 99th Readiness Division

 “The fight should not be determined by whether or not you are currently on the front lines or in the support role. We should all understand every little bit helps,” said Sgt. 1st Class Rodrick Mingo with the U.S. Army Reserve’s 424th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support).

The Middletown, Delaware, native was one of several Soldiers tasked with performing calibration verification on the two different types ventilators that could possibly be used in support of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The little bit that we can do to impact the lives of any American in need of these ventilators is a big deal,” said Mingo. “I believe what we are doing is very important. In the event that the ventilators are needed to support the ongoing operations of COVID-19, we want to ensure that they are up and running.”

Medical Soldiers everywhere are working their hardest in order to combat what is now putting the world in a difficult situation. They know what their mission at hand is, and they know how to go about breaking these tasks down into solutions.

“We understand fully that at a moment’s notice, these can be hooked to any one of us, even a relative, and with that in mind we want to ensure that we are doing our jobs to make sure the ventilators are one-hundred percent functional and safe,” said Mingo.

He and the rest of his colleagues are working in cohesion to prevent any errors that could possibly occur.

“I was trained to do this, and I take it very seriously,” said Spc. Albertico Saldana-Figveroa with the U.S. Army Reserve’s 341st Medical Logistics Command. “Again, it could be anyone on there. It could be you. It could be a family member. It could be a friend. It could be someone you don’t know. But everyone deserves a fighting chance and we’re giving that to them.”