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DLA Distribution supports troops, federal agencies while protecting employees during COVID-19
The Defense Department’s largest distribution processing facility, DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, is providing over 17,000 COVID-19-related items including face coverings, gloves, hand sanitizer and goggles worth almost $730,000 to Navy ships and submarines assigned to U.S. Northern Command in April and May 2020. (Photo by Ed Shank, DLA Distribution Public Affairs)
June 1, 2020 - Defense Logistics Agency Distribution continues providing medical supplies and personal protective equipment to service members and other federal agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOD Launches Effort to Collect 8,000 Units of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma
Donald Perry, a Fort Bragg civilian employee who recently recovered from COVID-19, donates his plasma at the Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., May 7, 2020.
May 29, 2020 - Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 may hold treatment in their veins that could help others who are critically ill with the respiratory infection. 

Leaders Describe Lessons Learned From COVID-19 Risk Mitigation
Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answers questions from service members, DOD civilians and family members regarding the department’s policies on COVID-19 during a virtual global town hall at the Pentagon, May 28, 2020.
May 29, 2020 - Some practices adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic have benefitted the troops and may be continued after the pandemic abates, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said.

DOD Officials Unveil COVID-Related Personnel, Move Guidance
From left: Matthew Donovan, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness; Lisa W. Hershman, the Defense Department's chief management officer, and Jonathan Rath Hoffman, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, conduct a news briefing at the Pentagon, May 26, 2020.
May 26, 2020 - Defense Department officials outlined a conditions-based approach to relaxing the stop-movement order that has been in effect since early March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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DOD Launches Effort to Collect 8,000 Units of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma
Navy Airman Recruit Matthew Thompson, an aviation ordnanceman assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's weapons department, squeezes a stress ball while donating blood during an Armed Services Blood Program drive at Huntington Hall in Newport News, Va., Sept. 9, 2019. The ASBP provides quality blood products for service members, veterans and their families worldwide in both peace and war. Navy Seaman Zachary Melvin
June 1, 2020 - The Defense Department has begun an effort to collect 8,000 donated units of plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to support the development of an effective treatment against the disease.

Medical specialists outline how to deal with COVID-19 stress
Army Spc. John Ward, a behavioral health technician assigned to the 405th Field Hospital, introduces a service member to Mila, a therapy dog used as a stress reliever for service members at the Javits New York Medical Station in New York City, April 17, 2020. In support of the Defense Department’s COVID-19 response, U.S. Northern Command, through Army North, is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help communities in need.
June 1, 2020 - Handling the symptoms of stress and anxiety begins at home with self-care, a panel of medical experts said during a media roundtable.

Team adjusts mission, prepares for the future
Staff. Sgt. Joel Brown, a wheeled vehicle mechanic from Helena Montana, and 1st. Lt. Katherine Choi, a human resources officer from Seattle, Washington, are posing by an old firelace on base camp Trzebien. Brown and Choi, both part of 652nd Regional Support Group, a U.S. Army Reserve Unit out of Helena, Montana, serve as a mayor cell in Trzebien base camp, preparing the base for future Soldier training rotations. The 652nd RSG is the first U.S. Army Reserve unit tasked with providing base operations for 11 base camps in Poland.  Base support includes taking care of lodging, dining, and recreational needs of the tenant Soldiers assigned to that base.
June 1, 2020 - Trzebien, Poland, a small team in a small Polish village has been preparing for a big exercise. First Lt. Katherine Choi, a human resources officer from Seattle, Washington, and Staff Sgt. Joel Brown, a wheeled vehicle mechanic from Helena Montana, make a small but mighty mayor cell team. The two have been working for months to ready the tiny base camp at Trzebien, Poland, for troops in the Defender Europe 20-plus training exercise. Then plans changed.

Eagle Scout Projects Plants Trees For 21st TSC
Cayson Merta, a Boy Scout from Troop 164, oversees trees being offloaded for his Eagle Scout project May 9, 2020 on Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
33 trees are being replanted after over 70 trees were removed due to disease and rot. 
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Benjamin Northcutt, 21st Theater Sustainment Command)
June 1, 2020 - On an overcast Saturday, a young Boy Scout steps out in front of his fellow scouts and volunteers to lead. Today he would lead his fellow scouts during his Eagle Scout Project, the culmination of his knowledge and experience as a scout. One final task in order to earn the highest rank a Boy Scout can earn, Eagle Scout. Cayson Merta began scouting in 2013 at the age of six, and now at 12 years old, he is completing his Eagle Scout Project of planting 33 new trees on Panzer Kaserne.

The 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company and Supply Activity Europe produce masks in order to stop the spread of COVID-19
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kyle Shields, assigned to 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company, 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, sew face masks out of bed sheet based material April 15, 2020 at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The parachute riggers within the unit are producing face masks for Soldiers who are providing essential services  in order to stop the spread of the Covid-19. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Elliott Page)
June 1, 2020 - In the U.S. Army, Soldiers use the term “cover” when talking about patrol caps or as a command while in formation. Ever since the advent of the Covid-19, however, “cover” has taken on a new meaning. The Secretary of Defense issued a memorandum requiring individuals on Department of Defense property, installations and facilities to wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public and work areas.