Florida Army National Guard Colonel Ricard Roig was designated by the Adjutant General of Florida as Commander of Task Force 50th in March. TF 50th became the Florida Guard’s main effort to fight COVID-19, with responsibility to coordinate and support state and local efforts to identify, establish, and staff COVID-19 Community Based Testing Site (CBTS) locations in the state’s largest counties: Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. As of April 7th, TF 50th has set-up four CBTS locations, staffed a total of five CBTS sites with over 600 personnel, and has conducted over 20,000 sample collections (over three quarters of all sample collections gathered in the state) in those three counties. In addition, TF 50th has also supported the state’s mission to assist the Florida Dept. of Health screening passengers arriving at Miami International, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach airports from COVID-19 hotspots.
COL Ricardo R. ‘Rick’ Roig
Distance Class of 2017