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AFNORTH’s 335th AEG Expands its COVID-19 Relief Support to North Dakota

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  • By Maj. Elisa Jones

 A team of 67 Air Force medical personnel being managed by Air Forces Northern (AFNORTH’s) 335th Air Expeditionary Group arrived in North Dakota on Saturday to support the state’s and North Dakota Department of Health’s (NDDoH’s) COVID-19 response. 

“Our Air Force medical personnel are committed in their support to the people of North Dakota and the country as part of a whole-of-nation response,” said Lt. Gen. Kirk Pierce, commander, Air Forces Northern. “The teamwork between AFNORTH and Army North (ARNORTH) to support FEMA caregiving requests has been absolutely outstanding.”

On arrival the medical personnel proceeded through the Department of Defense's Joint Reception, Staging, and Onward Integration process, followed by the NDDoH in-processing. The personnel, primarily nurses, including those specializing in emergency and critical care, will provide much needed assistance to several hospitals in four North Dakota cities.

The hospitals include Essentia Health-Fargo and Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, CHI St. Alexius Health Medical Center and Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck, Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, and Trinity Hospital - St Joseph's in Minot.

A majority of the military medical personnel were sourced from Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.  However, the team also includes personnel from Dyess, Goodfellow, and Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi; and Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

AFNORTH's 335 AEG continues to support the ongoing military COVID-19 response effort in El Paso, Texas.