In a typical year, Dobbins Air Reserve Base stays busy enough supporting America’s military around the world and the globe. But the base’s top leaders say that this year, Dobbins has taken on a host of new responsibilities as it leads the way on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dobbins got a crash course in COVID-19 response well before much of the country began to feel its full impact. In mid-March, when the reality of the virus was just sinking in for many Americans, the base was already quarantining hundreds of passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship.
“That’s the first time in a long time the United States has had to quarantine Americans,” said Col. Craig McPike, commander of Dobbins’ 94th Airlift Wing. “And we didn’t have a book on how to do that.”
“There were several long days and nights figuring out how to…