Henry Reyes, DDE ‘04
I am working COVID-19 for National Guard Bureau (NGB), as are many others. In 2010, while still in uniform with the Army National Guard, I took the job of Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division Chief at NGB. I retired from the military in 2012, but I was able to remain in the same position as a Department of Army Civilian (DAC) as a GS-15. My duties include being the Program Manager for the CBRN Response Enterprise (CRE). I am responsible for the National Guard portion of the CRE with another GS-15 Program Manager being responsible for the active duty portion under USNORTHCOM command. My responsibilities include manning, training and equipping the CRE which includes the 57 Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams (WMD-CST), the 17 CBRN Enhanced Response Force Packages (CERFP), and the 10 Homeland Response Forces (HRF), which is a force of over 10,500 personnel. We have over 2,000 personnel currently on duty across the 50 states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. They are assisting with Community Based Testing Sites, Medical Care, Decontamination, Mission Command, Communications, and unfortunately recovery of deceased in coordination with state medical examiners and coroners. Most of this work is in conjunction with state and city Emergency Managers, state Departments of Health, Department of Health and Human Services and FEMA. A lot of their tasks also include training the first responder community in proper donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We have a good team effort, with our WMD-CST, CERFP, and HRF members out in the field doing great work in assisting our communities.
COL (Ret) Heinrich J. ‘Henry’ Reyes
Distance Class of 2004