North Carolina Army National Guard Spc. Cheng Yang (left), assigned to the 878th Engineer Company, and Pvt. 1st Class Zachary Cook, assigned to the 1133rd Transportation Company, carry boxes of Personal Protective Equipment to a car while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a PPE distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released).
1 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – North Carolina Army National Guard Spc. Cheng Yang (left), assigned to the 878th Engineer Company, and Pvt. 1st Class Zachary Cook, assigned to the 1133rd Transportation Company, carry boxes of Personal Protective Equipment to a car while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a PPE distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released). (Photo Credit: Spc. Hannah Tarkelly) VIEW ORIGINAL
North Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers sort and count boxes of Personal Protective Equipment while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a PPE distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released).
2 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – North Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers sort and count boxes of Personal Protective Equipment while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a PPE distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released). (Photo Credit: Spc. Hannah Tarkelly) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers of the North Carolina Army National Guard talk with a member of the North Carolina Emergency Management during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released).
3 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers of the North Carolina Army National Guard talk with a member of the North Carolina Emergency Management during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released). (Photo Credit: Spc. Hannah Tarkelly) VIEW ORIGINAL
North Carolina Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Elbert Mote, assigned to the 878th Engineer Company, talks with a member of the North Carolina Emergency Management during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released).
4 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – North Carolina Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Elbert Mote, assigned to the 878th Engineer Company, talks with a member of the North Carolina Emergency Management during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released). (Photo Credit: Spc. Hannah Tarkelly) VIEW ORIGINAL
North Carolina Army National Guard Sgt. Michael Lucas, assigned to the 1450th Transportation Company, reviews a document while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released).
5 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – North Carolina Army National Guard Sgt. Michael Lucas, assigned to the 1450th Transportation Company, reviews a document while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released). (Photo Credit: Spc. Hannah Tarkelly) VIEW ORIGINAL
A North Carolina Army National Guard Soldier drives a forklift to move boxes while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released).
6 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A North Carolina Army National Guard Soldier drives a forklift to move boxes while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released). (Photo Credit: Spc. Hannah Tarkelly) VIEW ORIGINAL
North Carolina Army National Guard Spc. Kenneth Morning, assigned to the 505th Forward Support Company, sorts boxes of Personal Protective Equipment while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a PPE distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released).
7 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – North Carolina Army National Guard Spc. Kenneth Morning, assigned to the 505th Forward Support Company, sorts boxes of Personal Protective Equipment while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a PPE distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released). (Photo Credit: Spc. Hannah Tarkelly) VIEW ORIGINAL
North Carolina Army National Guard Pvt. Christian Rogers, assigned to the 875th Engineer Company, reviews a document while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released).
8 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – North Carolina Army National Guard Pvt. Christian Rogers, assigned to the 875th Engineer Company, reviews a document while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released). (Photo Credit: Spc. Hannah Tarkelly) VIEW ORIGINAL
North Carolina Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Elbert Mote, assigned to the 878th Engineer Company, places boxes of Personal Protective Equipment into a car while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a PPE distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released).
9 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – North Carolina Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Elbert Mote, assigned to the 878th Engineer Company, places boxes of Personal Protective Equipment into a car while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a PPE distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released). (Photo Credit: Spc. Hannah Tarkelly) VIEW ORIGINAL
North Carolina Army National Guard Pvt. Christian Rogers, assigned to the 875th Engineer Company, assists a citizen with completing their registration during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released).
10 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – North Carolina Army National Guard Pvt. Christian Rogers, assigned to the 875th Engineer Company, assists a citizen with completing their registration during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released). (Photo Credit: Spc. Hannah Tarkelly) VIEW ORIGINAL
North Carolina Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Elbert Mote, assigned to the 878th Engineer Company, assists a citizen with completing their registration during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released).
11 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – North Carolina Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Elbert Mote, assigned to the 878th Engineer Company, assists a citizen with completing their registration during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released). (Photo Credit: Spc. Hannah Tarkelly) VIEW ORIGINAL
North Carolina Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Kris Barnhardt, assigned to the 1454th Transportation Company, places boxes of Personal Protective Equipment into a car while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a PPE distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released).
12 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – North Carolina Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Kris Barnhardt, assigned to the 1454th Transportation Company, places boxes of Personal Protective Equipment into a car while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a PPE distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released). (Photo Credit: Spc. Hannah Tarkelly) VIEW ORIGINAL
North Carolina Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Elbert Mote, assigned to the 878th Engineer Company, carries boxes of Personal Protective Equipment to a car while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a PPE distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released).
13 / 13 Show Caption + Hide Caption – North Carolina Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Elbert Mote, assigned to the 878th Engineer Company, carries boxes of Personal Protective Equipment to a car while working alongside North Carolina Emergency Management during a PPE distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020. The NCNG is working with NCEM, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and local food banks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Hannah Tarkelly, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released). (Photo Credit: Spc. Hannah Tarkelly) VIEW ORIGINAL

CENTRAL, N.C. - North Carolina Army National Guard (NCARNG) Soldiers work alongside North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) during a Personal Protective Equipment distribution in Central N.C., May 19, 2020.

Soldiers from various units across North Carolina including: the 1450th and the 1454th Transportation Company, the 878th and the 875th Engineer Company, the 505th Forward Support Company, the 505th Headquarters and Headquarters Company, the 196th Signal Company, and the 1133rd Transportation Company, combined their efforts to help keep the community safe from COVID-19.

“This is a difficult time during COVID-19...so we feel proud to help make their lives better,” said Master Sgt. Luis Quiroz, assigned to HHC 636th Brigade Support Battalion. “We feel proud to be able to serve the citizens of NC.”

The NCARNG helped distribute PPE, such as face masks and gloves, to long term care facilities from approximately 10 counties.

The NCARNG and NCEM utilized a local coliseum as a distribution point that proved to be an effective location that provided space for personnel to set up and distribute a large amount of PPE. The long line of vehicles were able to easily maneuver through the stations and get their equipment in a timely fashion.

“I worked with the (NCARNG) last Friday,” said Robin Dail, Area 7 Coordinator for NCEM. “We had a quick set up and it ran very well.”

The Soldiers began the process at around 0600-0700 in the morning to receive and inventory equipment, and set up stations to allow members of the long term care facilities to drive through and pick up the PPE.

Through this process, Soldiers do their part to ensure NCEM is able to effectively help the community and get the proper equipment to local facilities.

“That’s how it works,” Quiroz said. “We’re part of the task force sustainment and we support the mission of the NCEM.”

The NG has had a critical impact on NCEM operations and helped make large distributions such as the one here in Central, N.C. possible through providing additional assistance and personnel.

“We don’t have enough staff, which is Emergency Management personnel…so having the extra bodies has been great,” Dail said.