National Guard sends soldiers to Med Center Health

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – In July, The Medical Center at Bowling Green reported one case of COVID-19. As of Wednesday, September 1st, there are close to 80 patients with the virus inside these doors. 

To combat these rising virus cases, Governor Andy Beshear announced that the National Guard would deploy to different hospitals across the state.

“We are going to initiate an operation on September 1, that’s how long it takes to get people up and running, of dedicated National Guard, including a central command for our mission to help our hospitals,” said Beshear.

Around 30 soldiers from the 1792D Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and other soldiers from across the state arrived at the hospital Tuesday, eager to help out where they can. 

1st Lt. Nathaniel Brashear is overseeing the soldiers helping with the administrative and logistical needs at the Medical Center. 

“Hospitals all over the place are in need, so we are definitely very happy, very proud to alleviate some of the stresses that these nurses in our other heroes have,” said Brashear. 

The soldiers are helping out with the hospital’s food service by helping to pass out some of the meals to the patients. They also are assisting the hospital with janitorial needs. 

Brashear said watching these young soldiers step up to help out with this type of mission makes him proud. 

“It feels really great to see these soldiers stepping up, especially being so young and having a lot that they could be doing with their lives at this time. They volunteer their time to come here and help out at this hospital. It really means a lot to the guard and to me personally to be able to lead such a young group of soldiers.”