WASHINGTON, D.C. – A resident of Alexandria, Virginia, is currently serving in Washington D.C. in the NEPLO program as part of the Department of Defense’s response to COVID19.
As a part of DSCA, Hernandez’s work is part of the whole-of-government approach to support community needs. The overall nationwide effort from DoD has been led by U.S. Northern Command.
“I’m proud of being a NEPLO because of the intricate work we do and the lasting effect we leave with the community, joint agencies, and the Joint Services in the DoD,” he said.
During his deployment, Hernandez has participated remotely in the activation and deactivation of USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) and USNS Mercy (T-AH-19), Navy Emergency Medical Facilities activations and relocations, Javits Center staffing, and frequent interagency coordination.
“It goes to show that no matter where, when and what, every job we do is equally important in ensuring the mission is complete,” said Hernandez.
The NEPLO program consists of 138 Navy Reserve personnel highly trained in DSCA. During natural and man-made disasters, NEPLOs assist in providing Navy resources where needed.
“When disasters exceed a state’s ability to respond, the Department of Defense is often asked to support, and that is where NEPLOs jump-in,” said Capt. Steven Stacy, NEPLO Deputy Commander.
“Our team has a unique set of skills not replicated by the active duty Navy. We possess the know-how to get Navy resources and capabilities into the fight.”
In the past, NEPLOs have deployed to assist with hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires. They stand ready, trained, and prepared to answer the call when needed.