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FEMA & NG Federal Support VAX BUS Elements

U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Maj. William Smith Army Space Support Team 16, 117th Space Support Battalion

By Hayden Pate


Federal support to vaccination sites could include some combination of: Personnel o Includes federal deployment of personnel or contractors, either in clinical or non-clinical roles o National Guard under Title 32 orders will be considered as federal support where orders were modified after January 20, 2021 resulting in an increased number of personnel supporting the site (not just a change to the cost share for existing personnel). T-32 orders for vaccination support that were issued before January 20th and not modified after that date will not count toward the goal of 100 sites in 100 days


FEMA is responsible for ensuring that Incident Management Work Force (IMW) personnel, including members of the Surge Capacity Force,

The Surge Capacity Force (SCF) FEMA Corps program, program and personnel mobilization.

The primary mission of a FEMA IMAT is to rapidly deploy to an incident or incident-threatened venue, provide leadership in the identification and provision of federal assistance, and coordinate and integrate interjurisdictional response in support of an affected state or territory.


And we also administer the Deployment Tracking System (DTS) and deployment support. If a facility is under the jurisdiction of DHS/FEMA it must meet all DHS and FEMA requirements for facility access, physical security and information security in accordance with Federal policy and guidelines

Federally supported vaccine sites could include a combination of:


Federal deployment of personnel or contractors, either in clinical or non-clinical roles. National Guard Troops are counted as federal support where orders were modified after Jan. 20, 2021 and increased the personnel supporting a vaccination site.


Incident-Threatened Venue

Such as a small group of concerned citizens in little old Dove Creek Colorado

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As released by the CO National Guard in December, by order of Gov. Jared Polis, members of the Colorado National Guard are providing continued support to the state of Colorado’s COVID-19 response efforts.

With more than 100 CONG members already assisting the State Emergency Operations Center and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, an additional 22 Soldiers and Airmen have been activated this week for vaccine and medical planning, vaccine site management, building and managing urgent care outreach, medical analysis of COVID-19 trends, and support to the CDPHE state laboratory in Lowry.

“Our Colorado National Guard’s continuous service during the past two years has helped our civilian partners and front line workers to focus their critical efforts in the war against COVID-19,” The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Laura Clellan said. “Our team’s continued readiness during these challenging times is due in no small part to the support of our behind-the-scenes heroes—our families, employers and communities.”

Joint Task Force-Centennial’s COVID-19 task force, initially activated March 13, 2020, has been on duty for more than 630 days supporting the state with testing, contact tracing, planning, and vaccine transportation and distribution during the longest emergency response in Colorado history.

The CONG continues to protect the force, families and all Americans while maintaining readiness for state and federal missions.”

And just on Saturday, “Six Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers from Army Space Support Team 16, 117th Space Support Battalion, deploying to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility were honored at a departure ceremony at 3:00 p.m. Jan. 21, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The team of six Soldiers will replace ARSST 22, also of 117th, to continue to carry on their mission to maximize space-based capabilities of U.S. and Allied operations in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

"I am humbled at the opportunity to lead such a fine group of Soldiers,” U.S. Army Maj. Eric Carlton, ARSST 16 Team Leader, said. “My team and I are trained, ready, and looking forward to carrying on the tradition of excellence established by previous Army Space Support Teams fulfilling this mission."

The 117th is aligned with the 100th Missile Defense Brigade and is based out of Colorado Springs”

Photo: U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jacob Smee leads a departure ceremony for Army Space Support Team 16, 117th Space Battalion, Colorado Army National Guard, in preparation for their upcoming deployment to the U.S. Central Command Area of

Responsibility, Jan. 21, 2021 at Fort Carson, Colorado. Army Space Support Teams provide essential space imagery and intelligence products, analysis, and advice to division operations domestically and in support of contingency operations worldwide.

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