Mike Pyle, DDE ‘16
BG Michael Pyle is assigned as a Deputy CG to 3d Medical Command (Deployment Support) working the COVID-19 response. The command is actively engaged in supporting the COVID-19 “all of government response” as one of three medical divisions in the Army Reserve. What the Soldiers of this command are embarking on has never been done before in the history of Army Reserve medicine. The 3d Medical Command is mobilizing hundreds of Soldiers in a matter of days across the U.S. This mission was to mobilize critical medical support through several 85-Soldier Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces (UAMTFs), supporting FEMA-led Field Medical Stations (FMS) across the U.S. They aligned with fellow sister military services and federal partners to assist, as necessary. In less than two weeks, the command created and mobilized five UAMTFs designed to provide medical staffing to a FEMA-led FMS and provide comprehensive care for everything short of surgery and ICU care. These teams are meant to decant clinical work from overloaded areas in COVID-19 hotspots and are deployed throughout the east coast areas of operation to provide critical medical support in hard-hit areas. This Army Reserve Medical Command is doing everything possible in this fight. Building these teams from the Reserve Force is challenging because medical Reserve Soldiers are largely practicing their craft in their own communities. It took critical analysis from senior leadership and G-staff to mobilize a provider while ensuring they’re not already essential in the COVID-19 medical fight. As we monitor the flattening of the curve, we’re able to pull individuals from areas not saturated with patients, and move them to where they’ll be most needed.
BG Michael K. ‘Mike’ Pyle
Distance Class of 2016
Deputy Commanding General
3d Medical Command (Deployment Support)