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News | Dec. 30, 2021

Military hospital support to FEMA begins in Arizona, Pennsylvania, expands in Michigan

By U.S. Army North Public Affairs

At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approximately 65 military medical personnel will deploy in four new teams – three 15-person teams to Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and one 20-person team to Pennsylvania – to support civilian healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients.

“As U.S. Northern Command’s joint force land component command, our assigned joint forces – from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force – are prepared and focused on this mission and know what it takes to save lives, alleviate suffering, and defeat this pandemic alongside our federal and community partners,” said Lt. Gen. John R. Evans, Jr., U.S. Army North commander.

The military medical personnel include nurses, respiratory therapists, and medical doctors.

In Arizona, a 15-person team from the U.S. Air Force will support Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma.

In Pennsylvania, a 15-person team from the U.S. Air Force will support the Regional Hospital of Scranton. In addition, a 20-person team from the U.S. Air Force will support the WellSpan Surgery & Rehabilitation Hospital in York. In Michigan, a 15-person team from the U.S. Air Force will support Mercy Health in Muskegon.

The joint DoD effort includes three other teams already in Michigan and seven teams working in five other states – one in Colorado, one in Indiana, two in Minnesota, two in New Mexico and one in Wisconsin. U.S. Army North, under U.S. Northern Command’s oversight, provides operational command of the teams.