NEWS | March 20, 2020

Vermont Guard begins activation in response to COVID-19

Vermont National Guard Public Affairs

Gov. Phil Scott activated the Vermont National Guard in preparation for state active duty March 13 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Five Airmen and two Soldiers will report to SAD with missions beginning March 13 and 16.

Two Soldiers are serving as planners to support ‘lifting the line’ – or increasing Vermont’s medical capacity, and five Airmen will contribute to warehouse logistical operations to also assist in lifting the line.

“Soldiers and Airmen are ready to support the whole-of-government effort,” said Col. Justin Davis, joint operations officer, Vermont National Guard. “We have additional Guardsmen ready to respond if the call should come.”

“I want to thank our National Guard service members for their dedication to Vermont and their commitment to duty,” said Scott. “During this challenge, it will take all of us, working together in new and creative ways, and as always I’m confident our service members will fulfill their missions with pride and professionalism.”

“This is the time for us to step up and do our jobs in support of Vermont and our governor,” said Brig. Gen. Greg Knight, adjutant general, Vermont National Guard.  “We are uniquely trained for this mission, and will respond in whatever way Governor Scott sees fit.  Our objective is to do whatever is needed to flatten the curve and lift the line.”

The Vermont National Guard is working side-by-side with Vermont Emergency Management, Vermont Department of Health, the governor's office, and all emergency response personnel to support a whole-of-government approach. Vermont National Guard missions are in direct support of the governor, the Vermont Department of Health and the Department of Emergency Management in combatting COVID-19.