Fort Campbell sends more soldiers to New Jersey for COVID-19 relief

Posted at 1:19 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 14:28:40-04

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (WTVF) — The 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell sent another medical unit to New Jersey to assist the COVID-19 relief effort.

Fort Campbell officials said the soldiers were deployed to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Saturday.

About 70 soldiers assigned to the 501st Medical Company are scheduled to provide support in Boston. Last month, 300 soldiers of the 531st Hospital Center were deployed to New York.

“The nation called, and the 501st Medical Company has answered,” said Maj. Gen. Brian Winski, commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell. “This remarkable team of medical professionals will increase Boston and the nation’s overall capability to fight COVID-19 in one of the most severely affected regions of the country. I’m confident they will make a difference, and everyone at Fort Campbell is incredibly proud of them.”

The medical unit will provide immediate and routine medical treatment, dental and X-ray capacities, patient care and ground medical evacuation.

Fort Campbell previously deployed around 300 soldiers from the 531st Hospital Center, who have been working at the Javits New York Medical Station since March 26. Ten soldiers from the Division Sustainment Brigade were deployed to the northeast region on April 14.