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Vermont National Guard COVID-19 Response

Response Timeline
  • March 7: The Vermont Department of Health announces its first COVID-19 case.
  • March 13: Gov. Phil Scott declares a state of emergency and activates the Vermont National Guard to prepare for state active duty, beginning with five Airmen and two Soldiers. By March 24, a total of 48 Soldiers and Airmen are placed on state active duty.
  • March 23-27: Guardsmen construct medical surge facilities in Barre and St. Albans, each with a 50-bed capacity, a surge site at the University of Vermont with a 96-bed capacity, and a treatment and triage center at the UVM Medial Center Emergency Department, as Airmen support ongoing operations at the Strategic National Stockpile.
  • March 29: The 15 Civil Support Team starts supporting the Vermont Health Department's establishment of a COVID-19 test site in Putney with a team of 11 Soldiers and Airmen.
  • April 2-5: Soldiers and Airmen construct a 400-bed Alternate Healthcare Facility at the Chaplain Valley Exposition fairgrounds to provide augment local hospitals' available services. The AHF receives its first COVID patient April 10.
  • April 22-May 1: The Vermont National Guard distributes more than 160,000 meals, ready-to-eat, to communities suffering economically from the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of a partnership with the Vermont Foodbank.
  • May 22: The 158th Fighter Wing conducts a 90-minute flyover of four F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters as a show of gratitude for health care professionals, first responders, and essential workers, as part of the Air Force's Operation America Strong.
  • May 29: The Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho resumes training after a suspension caused in part by the COVID pandemic.
  • July 20: A team of Airmen with the 158th Fighter Wing begins assembling enough COVID-19 test kits to ensure Vermont has a reserve of at least 20,000 kits.
  • Aug. 27: Airmen and Soldiers support operations at the Strategic National Stockpile warehouse to help Vermont reopen its public schools for the 2021 academic year.
  • Sept. 18: The 158th Fighter Wing team assembles its 50,000th COVID-19 test kit.
  • Nov. 19: The Vermont National Guard's COVID-19 Test Team moves its test facilities indoors and reactivates the Alternate Healthcare Facility, which remains in standby mode.
COVID-19 Response in Photos
COVID-19 Stories
Task Force Coyote shifts from Covid-19 testing to vaccination
March 3, 2021

Vermont Guard delivers 2nd vaccine doses, prepares for town hall Q&A
February 5, 2021

Vermont National Guard rolls out first doses of COVID vaccine
January 5, 2021

2020 in Review
December 21, 2020

COVID-19 test sites move indoors
November 19, 2020

158th Fighter Wing honors COVID-19 responders with F-35A flyover
May 8, 2020

How to build a medical facility in four days
April 4, 2020

158th FW supports COVID-19 response, continues F-35 ops
April 3, 2020

Civil Support Team joins community partners in battling COVID-19
March 31, 2020

Vermont Guard assists with state COVID-19 response
March 24, 2020