America’s Fort Hood Soldiers Certify COVID-19 Response Teams!🇺🇸

April 14, 2020

YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA NEWS DESK:

America’s Soldiers are used to functioning as small teams, so the role of a squad leader is integral to a unit’s success. In the fight against COVID-19, small-team leaders are finding themselves faced with a new mission. The U.S. Soldiers of 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team ”Greywolf,” 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas, have been building and certifying teams responsible for reacting to a positive test for COVID-19 among their ranks. Members of the ”transportation” and ”clean” teams for C Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment recently conducted a battle drill to certify their teams.

”We need to certify our young leaders on their responsibilities,” said Army Capt. Sean Leary, commander of C Company. ”We have assigned responsibility for Team Transport and Team Clean, and this is our opportunity to certify those young leaders and their ability to accomplish their task.”

The effort comprises four teams:

  • Team Trace is made up leaders within the company and battalion, and is responsible for tracing the movements of the infected soldier to identify where hot-spot cleaning needs to occur and soldiers and civilians may need to be tested due to contact with that area or particular soldier.
  • Team Transport is responsible for transporting a positive-test soldier to the isolation barracks if the soldier is in another location, such as a barracks room or at the hospital.
  • Team Clean is responsible for cleaning every identified hot zone where the infected Soldier had been.
  • Team Comply ensures not only that the teams are certified and conducting their tasks to standard, but also ensures that the unit is practicing proper preventive measures to protect the force. The certification begins with the unit being notified that a soldier at the hospital has tested positive for COVID-19 and needs to be transported to the isolation barracks. The transportation team receives a briefing from the operations sergeant major, who also inspects the team to make sure they are in the proper protective gear, which includes outer garments such as wet-weather gear, gloves, eye protection and a mask.

The transportation team travels to the hospital and, through mobile communications, instructs the soldier to load into the back of the Humvee, being sure to avoid contact with the team. During this time, the unit is lining up a room for the soldier at the isolation barracks and takes the infected soldier there.Meanwhile, Team Trace begins to identify everywhere the soldier has recently been, cleaning hot spots, if necessary. In this scenario, Team Clean cleans the infected soldier’s barracks room. Kiracofe said the standard is a minimum contact time of 10 minutes of the proper cleaning solution applied to all areas, including those small enough that a child could fit a pinky finger.

”The purpose of this certification and making sure they get it right is to protect our soldiers and protect the force and ensuring they can then become trainers themselves and train other NCOs of soldiers who join the team,” Leary said. ”We never know who will be impacted.”

Each company in the battalion has two transportation teams with two soldiers per team and two clean teams with 10 soldiers on each team. Once certified, they are then able to train additional soldiers so that teams can switch out personnel as necessary.(Army Capt. Scott Kuhn is assigned to the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.)

”My job’s important, because I don’t want to get another soldier infected, just as I wouldn’t want one of my loved ones to get infected,” said Army Sgt. Heidi Kiracofe, a squad leader with C Company and team leader for Team Clean. ”If we do our job right the first time, the risk to our formation is lower. Ultimately, whether I know someone or not, we all wear the same uniform, and protecting my brothers and sisters from this enemy is important.”

The certification begins with the unit being notified that a soldier at the hospital has tested positive for COVID-19 and needs to be transported to the isolation barracks. The transportation team receives a briefing from the operations sergeant major, who also inspects the team to make sure they are in the proper protective gear, which includes outer garments such as wet-weather gear, gloves, eye protection and a mask.

The transportation team travels to the hospital and, through mobile communications, instructs the soldier to load into the back of the Humvee, being sure to avoid contact with the team. During this time, the unit is lining up a room for the soldier at the isolation barracks and takes the infected soldier there.

Meanwhile, Team Trace begins to identify everywhere the soldier has recently been, cleaning hot spots, if necessary. In this scenario, Team Clean cleans the infected soldier’s barracks room. Kiracofe said the standard is a minimum contact time of 10 minutes of the proper cleaning solution applied to all areas, including those small enough that a child could fit a pinky finger.

”The purpose of this certification and making sure they get it right is to protect our soldiers and protect the force and ensuring they can then become trainers themselves and train other NCOs of soldiers who join the team,” Leary said. ”We never know who will be impacted.”

Each company in the battalion has two transportation teams with two soldiers per team and two clean teams with 10 soldiers on each team. Once certified, they are then able to train additional soldiers so that teams can switch out personnel as necessary.

(U.S. Army Capt. Scott Kuhn is assigned to the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.)

On This Holy Week Of Easter We Pray For America & The World.†

April 9, 2020

And In God America Will Put Our Trust.†🇺🇸

April 3, 2020

America Reporting For Duty! Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign Is Helping To Mobilize America!🇺🇸

April 1, 2020

America Reporting For Duty! Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign is now using our 17 Years of Wartime Support Skills & Experience to Mobilize help across America!

“The Yellow Ribbon America was founded in March 2003 in Orange County California as a non-partisan, grassroots effort to educate & unite all Americans on how to help our Nation’s Military members and their families in their local community. Our approach is simple – locals helping locals – local businesses, residents, churches and community groups focus their resources on helping their local Military Units and their families in their individual communities.” –Founder & Chief Elf Brad

THE YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA NEWS & CAMPAIGN MISSION

To Unite America in giving direct help and support to our Nation’s Military and their Families in their Local Communities

We will help to provide a national community based framework to help teach America’s cities and towns, how to deliver direct support to our deployed, at home and returning home Military Units and, their families.

The Yellow Ribbon symbolizes our commitment to honoring America’s Military who are proudly serving around the globe, their families, those who are missing in action, and those who have fallen.

THE CALIFORNIA STATE CAPITAL has recognized & awarded the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military and their Families. “Yellow Ribbon America has made a significant difference in local California communities and in the lives of its people, and has taken to heart the responsibility to serve our nation’s military men and women and their families, and their efforts are deserving of acknowledgment praise, now, therefore it be…”

Email Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org to Do Your Part To Help Fight For America Today!

God’s good blessings and Keep Calm “Pray” And Carry On!  –Founder & Chief Elf Brad

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

The USNS Comfort Arrives To Help!🇺🇸

March 31, 2020

YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA NEWS DESK:

The USNS Comfort Arrives To Help New York, USA.

The USNS Comfort arrives in record beating time to New York Harbor to help Support National, State and local response to the Coronavirus, March 30, 2020. The U.S. Navy Hospital Ship will provide approximately 1,000 beds for urgent care patients not infected with the virus, relieving pressure on local Hospital systems.

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Death of New Jersey Army National Guardsman🇺🇸 From COVID-19

March 30, 2020

YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA NEWS DESK:

Our American Family has lost one of its Soldiers from the Wuhan-Coronavirus. May God comfort and bless their family, friends and fellow Soldiers.

U.S. Army Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok was a drilling Guardsman and physician assistant originally from Jackson, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday in a news conference. Though Hickok was a member of the New Jersey National Guard, the father of two resided in Pennsylvania and died at a hospital in that state,

DoD Immediate Release:

Death of New Jersey Army National Guardsman From COVID-19

March 30, 2020

A New Jersey Army National Guardsman Passed Away on Saturday. The Soldier had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been hospitalized since March 21. “Today is a sad day for the Department of Defense as we have lost our First American Service Member – Active, Reserve or Guard – to Coronavirus,” said Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. “This is a stinging loss for our Military community, and our condolences go out to his family, friends, civilian co-workers and the entire National Guard community. The news of this loss strengthens our resolve to work ever more closely with our interagency partners to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Starting in January the Department of Defense has adopted dramatic mitigation measures to protect service members, civilian employees, contractors and their families from Coronavirus. These include mandating social distancing, termination of certain work and training activities and providing testing and care for our community members.

For more information how you can help and do your part you can email us at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org.

God’s good blessings to All and Keep Calm “Pray” And Carry On America!

~Chief Elf Brad

“On A Mission Helping To Keep America’s Freedom Alive…” Copyright © 2020 Yellow Ribbon America All Rights Reserved.

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

Put Me In The Game Coach…” I Want To Help America’s Military & First Responders!🇺🇸

March 27, 2020

YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA NEWS DESK:

“Put Me In The Game Coach…”  I Want To Help America’s Military & First Responders!

Story & Photos: Chief Elf Brad

ORANGE COUNTY, California, 3/27/2020: While the United States of America and the World is fighting on all fronts the Coronavirus,  Many American’s are sitting at home wanting to help. It’s like an Athlete wanting to badly get into the Game and say “Put Me In The Game Coach..!” Yes there are ways to Help your Country and your Local Community.

Here I am on today’s Red Friday Mission visiting my local Military at the Joint Forces Base in Los Alamitos California. I dropped off my first delivery of 250 rubber gloves to the California Army National Guard’s MP’s who are guarding and checking ID’s at Bases Main Gate. The rubber gloves will help protect them from any “Cuties” as they check ID’s and inspect vehicles coming on the Post. AND we are doing our part practicing Social Distancing too!

Many Military Unit’s on the Base are conducting Medical, Supply and Logistical support to help our fellow American’s that are being affected by the Coronavirus. Along with Wartime Missions, Training Missions and Humanitarian Missions throughout the Globe. Also since it’s a National Guard, Reserve and staging area for various government agencies many of them are also fulltime First Responders and are in the Medical field as well.

“The Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military & Their Families was founded in March 2003 in Orange County California as a Non-partisan, Grassroots Effort to Educate & Unite all Americans on how to help our Nation’s Military and their families in their Local Community. Our approach is Simple – Locals Helping Locals – Local Businesses, Residents, Churches and Community Groups focus their Resources on Helping Their local Military Units and Their Families in their Individual Communities…”

For more information how you can help and do your part you can visit the www.YellowRibbonAmerica.org or email us at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org.

God’s good blessings to All and Keep Calm “Pray” And Carry On America!

~Chief Elf Brad

“On A Mission Helping To Keep America’s Freedom Alive…” Copyright © 2020 Yellow Ribbon America All Rights Reserved.

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

 

🎅Sponsorships Now Available For 2020 Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families!

February 25, 2020

YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA NEWS DESK:

Northpole South, Newport Beach CA. 12/23/2019

Our final 2019 Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families Christmas Drive Gift & Toy pick up for our wonderful U.S. Military Unit’s and their families and TV Press Event for our 15 Year Anniversary!

A Special Christmas Thank You to Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill, Newport Beach City Councilmen Kevin Muldoon, City of Newport Beach Deputy City Manager Tara Finnigan, Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, Newport Beach Fire Marshal Kevin Bass, Newport Beach Tyler Easton, Newport Beach Roman Pagano and longtime great Christmas Elves Newport Beach City Clerk Leilani I. Brown, Newport Beach Assistant City Clerk Jennifer Mulvey and their wonderful staff and all the 31 City Departments including the Newport Beach Life Guards, the Police Department, City Libraries and wonderful Senior Centers and Citizens of Newport Beach California!

Pictures of the last Monday pickup of Christmas Toys and Gifts for by Local Military Units and their families being delivered by the Wonderful Newport Beach Fire Department, City and Local Community…

What an amazing outpouring of love and support from the City and people of Newport Beach California was felt by Local Military Unit’s and their families this Christmas! Thank You to every who helped make this heartfelt Christmas Holiday Cheer Happen!

Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families now in its 15th Year Anniversary is a nonpartisan Christmas holiday effort to that helps bring local community support to America’s deployed and at home Military Unit’s and their families of all branches of service. It is not just the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members that are affected when they are deployed and away from home but also their families who are left behind. Photos by Chief Elf Brad of Monday December 23, 2019 Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families Christmas Drive, Newport Beach California Press Event.

🎅🎄To Sponsor Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families This Christmas!
Email Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org🎄

Merry Christmas!

Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families is a sponsored community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128. 

We Move Forward In 2020 Thankful For The Many Blessings And People Who Support America And Our Heartfelt Cause!🇺🇸

February 24, 2020

Today is the 75th Anniversary of Battle of Iwo Jima: “Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue…”

February 19, 2020

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The Battle for Iwo Jima 75th Anniversary:

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, February 2020 – Seventy five years after the Battle for Iwo Jima, the Defense Department Remembers and Honors the Courage and Sacrifice of the American Service Members who Fought on the Pacific island, and Those Who Gave Their Lives There so the World would be Free…

Learn more in the Defense.gov Special Report: The Battle for Iwo Jima – 75th Anniversary. https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/Story/Article/2051094/marines-landed-on-iwo-jima-75-years-ago/source/GovDelivery/ #KnowYourMil

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