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Task Force-Southeast wraps up COVID-19 support with more than one million vaccinations

15th Air Force Commander and Command Chief visit Orlando Community Vaccination Center

U.S. Army Capt. Jon Gagne, left, commander of Charlie Company, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, briefs the Community Vaccination Center operations to U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Chad Franks, 15th Air Force commander, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Hedden, 15 AF command chief, at the CVC in Orlando, Florida, March 29, 2021. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing continued, flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Gomez/92nd Air Refueling Wing)

An airman wearing a face mask and gloves bends down to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to a resident sitting in a vehicle.

Air Force Senior Airman Brittney Norwood, a medical technician from Langley Air Force Base, Va., administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a resident at the North Carolina Community Vaccination Center in Greensboro, N.C., March 26, 2021.

15th Air Force Command Chief visits Atlanta Community Vaccination Center

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin W. Hedden, right center, 15th Air Force command chief, speaks with members of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia at the Community Vaccination Center in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, May 18, 2021. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing continued, flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Thompson/50th Public Affairs Detachment)

Memphis Community Vaccination Center

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Robert Farnesi assigned to 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, prepares vaccination cards at the Memphis Community Vaccination Center in Memphis, Tennessee, April 15, 2021. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing continued flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Justin T. Brown/2d Marine Division)

Airmen showcase COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center mission during Acting SecAF visit

Airmen supporting the Tampa Community Vaccination Center brief Mr. John P. Roth, Acting Secretary of the Air Force, at the Community Vaccination Center in Tampa, Florida, April 16, 2021. Roth visited the CVC to show support for all the personnel running and supporting the vaccination response. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing continued, flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Sullivan/Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs)

St. Louis Community Vaccination Center

U.S. Navy Hospitalman Derica Poucarter, a Houston native assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command, Camp Pendleton, California, administers the 2,000th COVID vaccine of the day at the Community Vaccination Center in St. Louis, Missouri, April 14, 2021. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing continued, flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Gomez/92nd Air Refueling Wing)

Jacksonville Community Vaccination Center

U.S. Navy Hospitalman Brylee Doyle, a Colorado Springs, Colorado, native assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville, delivers the 50,000th vaccine administered at the Community Vaccination Center to Natalya Richie, a community member, in Jacksonville, Florida, March 31, 2021. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing continued, flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Griffin Kersting/Navy Public Affairs Support Element East)

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On May 27, 2021, 15th AF wrapped up their support to the whole-of-government COVID-19 vaccination response after administering more than 1.1 million vaccines to communities throughout the southeast.

As a Joint Task Force-capable headquarters, 15th AF stood up Task Force-Southeast as a command and control headquarters for the Covid-19 vaccination support mission.  Task Force Southeast sent joint teams from every branch of the Armed Forces with more than 1,200 service members that supported nine Community Vaccination Centers in six Southeast states.

In a message to the men and women who supported the pandemic response, Maj. Gen. Chad P. Franks, 15th Air Force and Task Force-Southeast commander, addressed the importance of answering the nation’s call.

“Despite the challenges brought upon us by the pandemic, I am extremely proud of your steadfast professionalism to answer our nation’s call to protect our fellow citizens. You were a key part of America’s pandemic response,” said Franks. “All of this was done while simultaneously supporting the requirements for a Conventional NAF and its 45,000 Airmen across the country.” 

Supporting U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Army North, Task Force-Southeast sent large-scale medical and logistical vaccination support teams that varied in size and scale, with approximately 130 service members per team depending on the location.

These teams joined forces with local, state, and federal agencies to include the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, supporting vaccination centers in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, and Kentucky.

“The medical teams tackled a challenge that hadn’t been seen for over a 100 years. Their medical expertise and professionalism led to mission success.” said Lt. Col. Ramona Rivas, TF-SE medical planner. “The pride and satisfaction for helping bring our country back to life and the sincere appreciation received from our citizens was priceless.”

As of May 2021, the Task Force administered nearly 25 percent of U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Army North’s 4.9 million vaccinations to slow the spread of the virus for the nation.