@charset "utf-8"; /* CSS Document */ p { font-family: "Comic Sans MS", sans-serif; font-size: 20pt;} blockquote { width: 100%; font-size: 18pt; font-style: italic; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', sans-serif; margin: 10px 10px 10px 10px; padding: 10px; } h1 { h1 class="title"; font-size: 14pt; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-top: 0; line-height: 1.2; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', Arial, sans-serif; color:#000000; text-transform: uppercase;} .da_body h1 { font-size: 40px; margin-bottom: 5px;margin-top:0; line-height: 1.2; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', Arial, sans-serif; color: #123D63}

HomeNewsArticle Display

LRAFB medics deploy in support of FEMA COVID relief

A COVID-19 vaccination center in Gary, Indiana

Approximately 37 Ready Medics from Little Rock Air Force Base’s 19th Medical Group deployed in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s COVID-19 response operations. 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. (Photo by Andrew Wash)

A COVID-19 vaccination center in Gary, Indiana

Approximately 37 Ready Medics from Little Rock Air Force Base’s 19th Medical Group deployed in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s COVID-19 response operations. 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. (Photo by Andrew Wash)

A COVID-19 vaccination center in Gary, Indiana

Airmen from the 19th Medical Group receive their deployment gear at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, March 30, 2021. 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 Tech. Sgt. Zachary Kee)

An Airman completes a deployment checklist

An Airman from the 19th Medical Group completes a portion of his deployment gear checklist at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, March 30, 2021. 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 Tech. Sgt. Zachary Kee)

An Airman completes a deployment checklist

Senior Airman Chavar Lewis, 19th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, goes through her deployment gear at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, March 30, 2021. 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 Tech. Sgt. Zachary Kee)

A person briefs a group of people

Col. John Schutte, 19th Airlift Wing commander, speaks with 19th Medical Group medics at Little Rock Air Force, Arkansas, April 1, 2021, prior to their departure to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s COVID-19 response operations. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing continued, flexible Department of Defense support to FEMA as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt Jessica Cicchetto)

A person briefs a group of people

Col. Jennifer Bratz, 19th Medical Group commander, speaks with 19th MDG medics at Little Rock Air Force, Arkansas, April 1, 2021, prior to their departure to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s COVID-19 response operations. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing continued, flexible Department of Defense support to FEMA as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt Jessica Cicchetto)

Medics look through pre-deployment paperwork

Airmen assigned to the 19th Medical Group prepare their pre-deployment paperwork at Little Rock Air Force, Arkansas, April 1, 2021, prior to their departure to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s COVID-19 response operations. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing continued, flexible Department of Defense support to FEMA as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt Jessica Cicchetto)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- Approximately 37 Ready Medics from Little Rock Air Force Base’s 19th Medical Group deployed in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s COVID-19 response operations.

The medics departed LRAFB on April 2, 2021, for Gary, Ind., to help increase the number of Americans getting vaccinated. The Airmen are supporting Type II Teams, which, according to FEMA, are capable of administering up to 3,000 vaccinations a day.

FEMA, at the direction of the President of the United States, set up vaccination administration locations within communities across the country. LRAFB’s medics are joining approximately 4,200 medical and support personnel nation-wide from the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force in this vaccination operation.

LRAFB’s deployed military members, in support of an approved request from FEMA, will be working in a state-run, federally supported Community Vaccination Center to help increase the numbers of Americans being vaccinated.

“We are honored that our medics have been given this rare opportunity to serve our nation taking care of our fellow Americans,” said Col. Jennifer Bratz, 19th Medical Group commander. “So many lives have been lost to this disease and more lives will be lost until we are able to reach full herd immunity through mass vaccination.”

The medics will be in Indiana until further notice to help support FEMA and administer thousands of vaccines to Americans.

The FEMA vaccination plan will help stop the rise of confirmed cases in the United States which are currently at 31,158,087 as of April 15, 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COVID-19 has had a worldwide impact over the past year, making it crucial for vaccines to be widely available. LRAFB will also continue to provide vaccine services on base to eligible beneficiaries.

However, this deployment will leave the 19th MDG with reduced staffing, which will not be enough to continue to provide the high-quality, timely, and safe care that its enrolled beneficiaries are accustomed to receiving.

Therefore, the 19th MDG requested approval from the Defense Health Agency for a Primary Care Manager (PCM) Referral Waiver for all members enrolled in the Family Health Clinic. This recently approved waiver is a “blanket” authorization allowing FHC beneficiaries to be seen for primary care within our approved referral network without a referral by their PCM.  

Beneficiaries that are seeking an off-base provider during this time can visit Humana.mil or contact Humana at 1-800-444-5445 for additional information. All affected beneficiaries were mailed a list of providers in the local area that are able to provide support.

Additionally, LRAFB will continue to provide COVID-19 vaccine services on base to eligible beneficiaries. To book an appointment visit https://informatics-stage.health.mil/LRAFBCOVIDApp/

 

 

 

USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.