FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - "We've got to maintain the highest degrees of readiness." That’s the message from the Indiana National Guards Adjutant General, Brigadier General Dale Lyles.
Traditionally, guardsmen deploy overseas or help with natural disasters here at home in only certain parts of the state, COVID-19 offers a new challenge.
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Lyles explained" The COVID-19 virus is statewide. It is also a complex problem and what we would classify in the Army a wicked problem that's hard to identify, and it's hard to repel because it's invisible."
The Guard has to be ready for anything and has a number of different plans for any scenario, including a plan for a pandemic.
Parts of their plan include security at the Guard sites, helping distribute PPE to medical locations, helping test and transport patients and planning for the future.
Indiana EMS Medical Director Michael Kaufmann says you’ll be seeing some of the soldiers deployed if you haven’t already.
"You may see these national guard assets or FLA's, field litter ambulances, on our Indiana highways and roads over the next several days. Don't be alarmed," Kaufmann said. "We're thankful for the Indiana National Guard in the assistance that they bring to this disaster response."
They moved their normal monthly training online and plan to continue future training in any capacity they can while following CDC guidelines.
Lyles says it’s important to show both the people and the enemy they’re ready to take on any mission.
He said, "We are working hard each and every day to make Indiana better and to help Hoosiers come out of this thing stronger than when we went into it."