Arizona Wing added a second COVID-19 mission in mid-June in response to a request from the Maricopa County Department of Health that was tasked through the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. The mission involves transporting food to two facilities where people who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are quarantined.
A minimum of two CAP members are required to carry out the mission, driving a CAP van to the UMOM Helping Hand Café in downtown Phoenix on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to pick up containers filled with prepared meals. The containers are delivered to two hotels and handed off to Health Department employees who remove the meals and return the empty containers to the CAP members. The empty containers are then returned to UMOM and the day’s “sortie” is complete.
Lt. Col. Paul Rehman is serving as the incident commander. “This particular tasking is exceedingly simple and extraordinarily important,” Rehman said. “If we fail to deliver on our promise of fulfilling this mission, we’ll have left hungry people without meals. This is our chance to demonstrate to our county and state partners that we are a resource they can count on today and in the future when other mission needs arise.”
Squadrons throughout the Phoenix area were asked to volunteer teams to handle the deliveries. Currently, the mission has no end date and initial recruiting called for crews until the end of August.