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    NCNG and NC Civil Air Patrol Keep Citizens Protected During COVID-19

    NCNG Keeps Citizens Protected During COVID-19

    Photo By Sgt. Hannah Tarkelly | North Carolina Army National Guard Soldier records the amount of equipment distributed...... read more read more



    Story by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly 

    382nd Public Affairs Detachment

    RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina Army National Guard (NCARNG) Soldiers work alongside the North Carolina Civil Air Patrol and North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Raleigh N.C., May 28, 2020.

    Soldiers from various units across North Carolina including: the 875th and 878th Engineer Company, the 1133rd Engineer Detachment, the 505th Forward Support Company, and the 505th Headquarters and Headquarters Company combined their efforts to help protect local citizens from COVID-19.

    “The great thing about the Guard is that they're members of our community that are called up to help when we need them,” said Jason Witte, Capt. in the North Carolina Civil Air Patrol.

    The NCARNG helped distribute PPE, such as; face masks, face shields, gloves, and shoe covers to long term care facilities in the area.

    Spc. Mitchel Virgilio, assigned to the 1133rd Engineer Detachment, is one of the many warriors who have stepped up to help their community in a time of need.

    “It’s rewarding,” Virgilio said. “It’s really cool to be here to help out, knowing that what you’re doing is benefiting the community.”

    Virgilio is currently an educator, virtually teaching ninth grade students through online classes due to COVID-19. He has continued to teach his classes despite being activated to help local communities.

    “My main job is a teacher, so I work with the community,” Virgilio said.

    Virgilio said he is able to keep in touch with his students and help them with their school work while joining his fellow battle buddies to help everybody else.

    Cadets from the North Carolina Civil Air Patrol have also joined the fight in helping protect local citizens.

    “The cadets are helping with the packing and loading of PPE,” said Sgt. Eric Wilson, assigned to the 878th Engineer Company.

    The NCARNG and cadets worked side by side in stations to ensure citizens received their PPE in a quick and efficient manner.
    “From the cadet perspective I think it’s been wonderful,” Witte said. “They can actually get out into their community and help out.”

    Witte expressed the importance in which the cadets were able to experience and participate in a joint mission with fellow service members.

    “They (NCARNG) were great about bringing our cadets in and helping them feel welcomed and comfortable,” Witte said. “The attitude the Guardsmen have shown with that can-do type attitude is good for the cadets to see because they're going to emulate that.”

    The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts.



    Date Taken: 05.29.2020
    Date Posted: 06.03.2020 15:33
    Story ID: 371098
    Location: NC, US

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