BG Tommy Mancino currently serves as the Commander of the Oklahoma National Guard’s Joint Task Force, activated to help the Oklahoma National Guard (OKNG) support a whole-of-Oklahoma-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is the senior military representative on the Governor’s COVID-19 Solution Task Force.
As in other states, the Oklahoma National Guard Joint Task Force is just one part of a larger response by the State. Literally every agency in Oklahoma is contributing to the COVID-19 response and in Oklahoma, the National Guard is in support of the lead agency, the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Other agencies include the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
The National Guard partnerships are critical to getting through the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Oklahoma Guardsmen are helping fulfill, secure, and transport orders of relief and medical supplies to facilities within the 11 identified COVID-19 health administration regions throughout Oklahoma. They also have to be ready, when necessary, to respond to multiple potential natural disasters and to support the Governor and the Adjutant General (MG Michael C. Thompson, RES ’07) and the people of Oklahoma.
BG Thomas H. ‘Tommy’ Mancino
Army War College Fellow 2014
Assistant Adjutant General (Army), Oklahoma National Guard