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Airmen assigned to 1AF's 64th and 335th Air Expeditionary Groups begin returning home

Airmen assigned to AFNORTH's 64th and 335th Air Expeditionary Group's COVID Response Efforts Return Home

Airmen assigned to 1st Detachment, 64th Air Expeditionary Group, assisted with vaccination efforts at the state-led, federally-supported Ford Field Community Vaccination Center in Detroit, Mich. prior to re-deploying.

Airmen assigned to AFNORTH's 64th and 335th Air Expeditionary Group's COVID Response Efforts Return Home

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jake Tyner, a Carbondale, Illinois, native and medical technician with the 75th Health Care Operations Squadron, 75th Material Command stationed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a community member at the state-led, federally-supported Ford Field COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center in Detroit, April 12, 2021. Tyner is part of a group of Airmen assigned to 1st Detachment, 64th Air Expeditionary Group that are assisting with the vaccination efforts. Tyner's main responsibility is supporting the local community members by administering vaccines. To his family back home, he said, “It's nice to see people are excited about getting vaccinated and believe in this effort.” Tyner is ready to provide a helping hand to the community of Detroit. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing continued, flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicholas Rupiper, 336th Training Support Squadron)

Airmen assigned to AFNORTH's 64th and 335th Air Expeditionary Group's COVID Response Efforts Return Home

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Mikael Sundin, left, the U.S. Air Force North command chief, gives a coin to Senior Airmen Jonathan Butler, a Detroit, Michigan native and signal intelligence analyst with the 32nd Intelligence Squadron, stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland, assigned to the 2nd Detachment, 64th Air Expeditionary Group at the state-led, federally-supported Community Vaccination Center at the former Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana, April 28, 2021. The Gary CVC began administering 2nd round doses to community members who previously received their primary dose and will continue to be able administer up to 3,000 vaccinations per day. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing continued, flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Laurie Ellen Schubert, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)

Airmen assigned to AFNORTH's 64th and 335th Air Expeditionary Group's COVID Response Efforts Return Home

Airmen assigned to 1st Detachment, 64th Air Expeditionary Group, assisted with vaccination efforts at the state-led, federally-supported Ford Field Community Vaccination Center in Detroit, Michigan.

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

In the last several months, Airmen assigned to First Air Force (1AF)’s 64th and 335th Air Expeditionary Groups (AEGs) worked tirelessly to support federal pilot community vaccination centers (CVCs) across the country.  Last week, many returned home. 

“I cannot be more proud of the work these Airmen have completed to date, administering more than 802,000 vaccines,” said Col. Jeffry A. Hollman, commander, 335th AEG.  “While some sites are downsizing, Airmen remain in place in Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Maryland as we continue to support the CVCs that remain open.”

Similarly, Airmen tracked by the 64th AEG have delivered more than 772,000 vaccines.  In fact, Airmen assigned to 1st Detachment, 64th AEG to assist with vaccination efforts at the state-led, federally-supported Ford Field CVC in Detroit, Mich. headed home last week after delivering more than 244,000 vaccinations at the Detroit site alone.

According to Col. David D. Vanderburg, commander, 64th AEG, “The 800 Airmen who served in support of vaccinations centers in Houston, Tex.; Detroit and Grand Rapids, Mich.; and who continue to serve in Gary, Ind. and Minneapolis, Minn., put forth an outstanding effort to help save lives.”

Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1AF (Air Forces Northern) Command Chief Master Sgt. Mikael “Mack” Sundin visited CVC sites in St. Paul, Minn. and Gary, Ind. in April.

“Witnessing firsthand the commitment of these Airmen to the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic was inspiring,” said Chief Sundin. “Whether they administered one vaccine or 3,000 in a day, the fact that they worked tirelessly never leaving anyone waiting at the end of the day, in my opinion, epitomizes mission success.”

U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing continued, flexible U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) support to FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19.