Michigan National Guard soldiers called upon to help package supplies
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, March 18, announced the call-up of the Michigan National Guard to assist the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with assembling and loading critical personal protective gear such as gowns and face shields.
Once packaged, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ( MDHHS) will deliver the supplies to various local public health departments.
“The Michigan National Guard has been involved with the COVID-19 response from a planning and coordination standpoint since the State Emergency Operations Center was stood up,” said Gov. Whitmer. “The men and women of the Michigan National Guard are part of the fabric of our communities and I am confident they are ready to support state and local agencies as this response continues.”
“The members of the Michigan National Guard are experienced and proven professionals,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general. “Our units frequently train and respond side-by-side with state and local emergency responders, making them well suited for domestic operations. The National Guard has unique capabilities, providing local first responders with additional resources to combat COVID-19.”
Camp Grayling officials are asking people who are not full-time employees or contractors currently working on Camp Grayling to refrain from visiting the camp until further notice. In addition, the fitness center and the ID Office have been closed until further notice.
“Like everything else, we’re waiting to see what the governor puts out next,” said Dustin Sinkes, the community relations specialist for Camp Grayling’s Headquarters. “It’s a typical slow winter up here.”