WASHINGTON — The whole-of-America response to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic continued today, as medical supplies from FEMA’s Project Airbridge flights were distributed nationwide. South Carolina Army National Guardsmen maintained their readiness with medical pre-screening, while medical and nursing students at the Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health and Sciences received COVID-19 training – a new requirement as part of their coursework. FEMA continues to expedite movement of commercially pre-sourced and commercially procured critical supplies from the global market to medical distributors in various locations across the U.S. through Project Airbridge. As of April 14, 44 flights have been completed to expedite movement of both private sector distributor-procured supplies (Project Airbridge) and federal government-procured supplies. An additional 50-plus flights are scheduled. To date, FEMA has obligated $5.4 billion in support of COVID-19 efforts. In the last 48 hours, that includes:
- $5.4 million to Colorado.
- $74 million to Louisiana.
- $88 million to Texas.
Project Airbridge Flight Arrives in Illinois for National Distribution
ROCKFORD, Ill. (April 14, 2020) — A FEMA Project Airbridge flight arrives at Rockford International Airport with medical supplies for distribution by companies nationwide, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Russian cargo plane, The Antonov, is part of FEMA’s Project Airbridge program, which charters planes to transport supplies like N-95 respirators, surgical masks, gloves and gowns.
FEMA photo by Dominick Del Vecchio
Secretary of Defense Esper Visits FEMA for COVID-19 Update Briefing
WASHINGTON (April 15, 2020) — Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper (left) is greeted by FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, during a visit to FEMA for a COVID-19 update briefing.
DoD photo by Marvin Lynchard
Uniformed Services University Adds COVID-19 Training to Curriculum
BETHESDA, Md. (April 15, 2020) — Medical students and advanced practice nursing students receive COVID-19 training as part of their Uniformed Services University of the Health and Sciences curriculum. Students are now required to complete COVID-19 training as part of their USU coursework.
Uniformed Services University photo
SC National Guard Medical Teams Provide Screening in COVID-19 Response
EASTOVER, S.C. (April 15, 2020) — U.S. Army National Guard medical personnel with the South Carolina National Guard provide medical pre-screening to U.S. Army National Guard soldiers. The medical pre-screening is part of measures in place to limit the COVID-19 exposure for service members and protect the health of the force.
U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Tim Andrews