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The ACC has deployed 88 medics from 5 bases across the command to work alongside other military departments and federal agencies as part of the national pandemic response.


In December 2021, the United States Secretary of Defense approved a request for military medical assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In response, the Air Force deployed nearly 1,000 active duty, Reserve, and Air National Guard medics to serve in civilian hospitals, care facilities, and other public institutions.


“I am so proud of our Air Combat Command physicians who demonstrate excellence daily in providing COVID staffing relief to many civilian hospitals across the United States,” said Brig. Gen. Robert Bogart, ACC Command Surgeon. “At the same time, they have also found innovative ways to generate future combat-ready medics and provide timely, high-quality medical care to our Airmen and their families.”


The ACC’s largest medical teams were deployed from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; and Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The teams participated in various operations related to COVID-19, including infusion of monoclonal antibodies, respiratory therapy and support to intensive care units.


JBLE’s 633rd Medical Group deployed 10 medical Airmen, including pulmonologists, trauma nurses, medical technicians and a respiratory therapist to support St. Francis Medical Center, Monroe, Louisiana.


Nellis deployed medical teams to New York, New Hampshire and Connecticut. In New York, ACC physicians provide support to Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester Medicine, where they were trained on hospital systems and procedures before being integrated into civilian staff.


“Our team is thrilled to be here and to assist in this time of need,” said Lt. Col. Allan Delgado, family medicine and aerospace nurse practitioner with Nellis’ 99th Medical Group. “We are proud and grateful to support FEMA and the great state of New York, serving alongside those we are sworn to protect.”


Additional medical specialists were deployed from Offutt AFB, Nebraska; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; Shaw AFB, South Carolina; and the ACC Surgeon General’s headquarters at JBLE to bolster ACC teams.


“As military medics, it is our duty to go where our nation calls us, and that means continuing our COVID-19 mission,” said Army Chief Surgeon Lt. Gen. Robert Miller. the air. “We ask a lot of our physicians, who have played a vital role in the joint fight against COVID-19, working in federal agencies, military departments and throughout the health care system.”


This story was written with contributions of the Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs.



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