I was activated on State Active Duty for two weeks at the initial outset of the COVID-19 virus outbreak in Georgia to lead the military coordination effort out of the State Operations Center. As part of that effort, the Georgia National Guard team collaborated with inter-agency partners from Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) , Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), and Georgia Department of Health and Human Services to accomplish the following:
- Coordinated the formation and deployment of 14 Medical Support Teams to provide staff augmentation to Regional Hospitals across the state;
- Coordinated the deployment of seven disinfection support teams to disinfect 367 retirement and assisted living facilities across the state with reported positive COVID-19 cases;
- Coordinated the deployment of Guardsmen to GEMA foodbanks statewide to help with the distribution of meals to citizens.
Additionally, I command Georgia’s Regional Training Institute (RTI) that teaches 25, 35, and 91 series Military Occupational Specialty courses. With all courses being cancelled, the RTI has repurposed its instructors to support the COVID-19 mission in the following ways:
- The RTI’s Intelligence Schoolhouse has deployed its senior Military Intelligence instructors to augment the State G2 with increased intelligence analyst capability; and
- The RTI’s Ordnance school in collaboration with Athens Technical College is using its 3D printers to print face masks to support local medical facilities.
COL Theodore R. ‘Ted’ Scott III
Commander, 122nd Regional Training Institute (RTI)