SALEM, Ore. - Hundreds of Oregon National Guard members are increasing support of hospitals throughout the state in their second hospital relief mission during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This new activation beginning Jan. 18 will put about 1,200 Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen in as many as 40 hospitals facing a surge of patients with the coronavirus.
Since Jan. 10, the Oregon National Guard has stood up a Joint Task Force of Air and Army National Guardsmen to support this latest hospital effort. Over eight days, the Guard activated nearly 500 Oregon service members from six locations.
The Oregon National Guard will increase support by approximately 700 additional members over the next two weeks. Guardsmen will serve in non-clinical roles over the next 30 days, when the Omicron variant is expected to peak.
“We will continue to work together, and in alignment with our core values, remain confident that the Oregon National Guard will ‘Always be Ready, Always There,’ ” said Lt. Col. Brian J. Kroeller, deputy commander of the Oregon National Guard hospital relief joint task force.
This activation follows a successful prior deployment of more than 1,500 Oregon National Guardsmen who served in non-clinical roles from August to late December.