Michigan National Guard mobilized through March

The Michigan National Guard has been performing important COVID duties for most of the pandemic. New federal action means they will be able to keep going into next year.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that the Michigan National Guard will continue its pandemic-related service until March 31, 2021. It had previously been scheduled to wind down activities at the end of the year. The governor asked the federal government to allow the extension last month.

National Guard troops have been crucial to performing COVID-19 testing and delivering protective equipment and food supplies to areas hard-hit by the pandemic.

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“The Michigan National Guard continues to be a crucial part of our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to thank our men and women in uniform for their dedication and round-the-clock work to protect the people of our state by expanding testing in our communities and ensuring they have what they need to get through this crisis,” Whitmer said in a press release.

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