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MEDIA ADVISORY: Wright-Patt Airmen deploy to support FEMA vaccine administration

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the 88th Air Base Wing will deploy approximately 120 Airmen to Michigan to support a state-run, federally supported Community Vaccination Center at the Ford Field in Detroit..

The Airmen are assigned to the 88th Medical Group.

“The 88th Air Base Wing is proud to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 to protect our fellow Americans,” said Col. Patrick Miller, 88th Air Base Wing and Installation commander. “Our Airmen are highly trained and are ready to take part of this very important mission to help save lives.” 

The Airmen will deployed Friday, March 19 at 8 a.m.

The Airmen are part of the Department of Defense's COVID-19 response operation Type Team 1, which is in support of FEMA and overseen by U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command's Joint Force Land Component Command.

Type 1 Team is capable of administering up to 6,000 vaccinations a day. 

The Airmen from Wright-Patt AFB will join approximately 2,700 others from the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and Air Force already supporting the federal vaccination effort in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and in the U.S. Virgin islands.

For more information about CVCs, please refer to the FEMA Community Vaccination Centers playbook at: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_community-vaccination-centers_playbook_03-12-2021.pdf

Media are invited to cover the team as they deploy Friday morning. Interviews will be available prior to their departure and live coverage is authorized. For base access, media must provide the name and driver’s license information of the individuals covering the event by noon tomorrow, March 18. Media are asked to arrive at the Hope Hotel at 5:45 a.m.

Media interested in covering the event, call the 88th Public Affairs office at (937) 522-3252.