Federal support extended for national guard response to COVID-19

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

HELENA – The National Guard will have federal support to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in Montana.

“I’m pleased the president recognizes that Montana is working hard to fight this virus,” Gov. Steve Bullock said April 8. “With this federal support, we can fully utilize the Montana National Guard to aggressively respond to COVID-19 and prevent further spread, and we can ensure that our guardsmen and women receive the resources they deserve.”

Montana was granted Title 32 status, meaning the federal government will cover all approved costs incurred by the National Guard. The Montana National Guard soldiers and airmen remain under the command and direction of Bullock.

The funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, allowing National Guard forces to prevent, mitigate and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19.

Bullock activated the Montana National Guard in the first week of April. The guard will extend the state's ability to enforce the travel quarantine order and make sure that those arriving in Montana are not bringing new COVID-19 cases with them. The guard is also assisting the local operation in Toole County.