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U.S. Air Force Capt. Kimberly Warstler, R.N., stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., dons proper personal protective equipment to enter a room with a COVID-19 positive patient at the Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, Nov. 13, 2020. Warstler is a Lone Star State native, having received her nursing degree from Texas Tech University, and says she’s proud to return to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. She, along with approximately 60 service members, are working jointly with the civilian hospitals to assist in the mitigation of the virus and help citizens in need. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Samantha Hall)
ARNORTH to expand military COVID-19 operations to North Dakota
By U.S. Army North Public Affairs | Nov. 20, 2020
At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Defense is deploying approximately 60 U.S. Air Force medical personnel to support hospitals across multiple locations in North Dakota. U.S. Army North (ARNORTH), the Joint Force Land Component Command of U.S Northern Command, will oversee the military operation in support of Federal efforts and the state.

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ARNORTH to oversee military COVID-19 operation in El Paso
By U.S. Army North Public Affairs | Nov. 6, 2020
At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, three U.S. Air Force Medical Specialty Teams, part of a Department of Defense COVID-19 operation in Texas, will begin to deploy today to El Paso. U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command, will oversee the military operation in support of federal efforts and the state.

Airman 1st Class Michael, 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief speaks to a pilot via walkie-talkie before takeoff at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, Sept. 26, 2020. Aircrews provided real-time video in an effort to map fire perimeters and alert first responders of the spread and potential impact of the fires in California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Rio Rosado)
DoD activates MQ-9s for imagery support in wildland fire fighting
By 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs | Oct. 20, 2020
Airmen at the 432nd Wing recently participated in Department of Defense support efforts to fight the California wildland fires.

Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 planes, MAFFS 2, assigned to 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and MAFFS 8, assigned to 152nd Airlift Wing, Reno, Nev., are mission-ready at McClellan Airbase, Sacramento, Calf., July 31, 2020. The MAFFS units were activated to support wildfire suppression efforts in California. (Courtesy photo)
Nevada Air Guard MAFFS activation extended as western wildfires rage
By Airman 1st Class Michelle Brooks | Aug. 27, 2020
Members of the 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air National Guard activated July 29, the unit’s first firefighting activation in two years following a 2019 season that saw little need to request the military as a surge capacity for wildland fire suppression efforts.

Air Force Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, incoming commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, accepts the Northcom flag from Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, during a change-of-command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 20, 2020. VanHerck took command from Air Force Gen. Terrence. J. O’Shaughnessy, who retired after 34 years of military service.
Leaders Extol U.S., Canadian Cooperation in Defense of North America
By David Vergun | Aug. 20, 2020
Top U.S. and Canadian defense leaders applauded the combined efforts of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command in defending the continent as leadership of the two commands changed hands.