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Nov. 9, 2021

Government operates COVID-19 response from Broad College’s Henry Center

With resiliency, persistence and grit, Spartans around the world have been a force for good throughout the COVID-19 crisis. In East Lansing, Michigan State’s campus not only became home to the largest drive-through vaccination clinic in Michigan but also served as a critical hub for the United States government. For more than 14 months, the Broad College of Business’ James B. Henry Center for Executive Development hosted the Michigan Army National Guard during its nationwide pandemic response efforts.

“The 46th Military Police Command was activated to federal status on Mar. 30, 2020, and became the headquarters for Task Force 46. We quickly realized that the space that we were operating from was not conducive to our command providing the supervisory role that was required of us,” Capt. Greg Appold, commander of Task Force 46’s Headquarters Company, said. “We realized the Henry Center would provide us the requisite space to provide an overall picture to our commanding general about how the thousands of different service members were arrayed through our area of operations.”

Task Force 46, now part of the U.S. Army North, moved into the Henry Center — just south of MSU’s main campus — in May 2020. From there, 150 personnel operated out of the location in collaboration with the Department of Defense.

Using this state-of-the-art facility to act effectively and efficiently, the men and women of Task Force 46, known as “Peacekeepers,” were shuttled from “home” at the Henry Center forward to locations across seven of 10 Federal Emergency Management Agency regions within the United States.

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By: Chelsea Stein and Justin Rumenapp

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