Stronger Together in the Fight Against COVID19

"This effort demonstrates our mutual support as we team together in response to this public health crisis"



By U.S. European Command Public Affairs United States European Command Stuttgart, Germany Apr 06, 2020

U.S. military and civilian personnel of U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) are working together with Allies and partners in the fight against the COVID19 outbreak. Social distancing, telework, and hygiene best practices are all in effect, in addition to being good neighbors in the countries where personnel live and work across Europe. USEUCOM is also active in supporting Allies and partners with their needs in addressing the public health crisis.

Men and women from the 86th Airlift Wing, out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, transported an En-Route Patient Staging System (ERPSS) to Aviano AB, Italy March 20 for delivery to the Italian Ministry of Defense. A C-130J Super Hercules from the 37th Airlift Squadron delivered the mobile system that provided 10 patient holding/staging beds and supports a maximum throughput of 40 patients in a 24-hour period.

"This effort demonstrates our mutual support as we team together in response to this public health crisis," said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe. "We are working closely with our Italian friends. It's our privilege to support the Italian response."

Units under U.S. Army Europe also took action to support the hardest-hit regions of Italy working with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency's Humanitarian Assistance Program to provide medical supplies and equipment to support the Italian government and Lombardy regional authorities. Working closely with the American Embassy Rome, soldiers of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade at U.S. Army Garrison Italy prepared hospital beds, mattresses, stretchers, bedside screens, adjustable IV poles, folding wheelchairs, medical cabinets and linens to deliver to the area in need.

Both of these missions demonstrated the strong collaboration with the American Embassy and Italian officials across the affected regions.

The ability to rapidly maneuver across Europe to provide relief and support to Allies and partners in need is no small task and requires strong relationships, trust and well established logistics and mobility processes to be in place. The recent missions and delivery of supplies to Italy demonstrated the long-standing partnership between the two countries necessary that allowed for the deliveries to happen.

"U.S. European Command and its components are proud to partner with our NATO Ally, Italy during this difficult time," said Rear Adm. Peter Stamatopoulos, USEUCOM's director of logistics. "We remain committed to doing everything we can to support Italy, and we value the strong military partnership we have with the Italian Ministry of Defense, led by Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini."

Regardless of the crisis, U.S. European Command is committed to its NATO Allies and partners and stands ready to support the fight against COVID19 while maintaining readiness and deterrence at all times.

For more information about USEUCOM's role in combating COVID-19, visit https://www.eucom.mil/coronavirus.

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