National Guard to help stock Arizona grocery stores

PHOENIX — The Arizona National Guard is taking initial steps to helping grocery stores restock empty shelves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We bring specific capabilities to the table to help solve the problems," said US Army Brig. Gen. John Hoefert, Arizona National Guard Joint Commander. "Our guardsmen are going to be on the back loading docks behind the stores, you might see them out on the freeways." On Thursday, Governor Doug Ducey said he is activating the National Guard to assist at grocery stores and food banks while the facilities deal with heightened demand. "The guard doesn't want to be out here long term. We just want to go ahead and feed the immediate gap," said Brig. Gen. Hoefert. On Monday, about 200 members received training on how to prepare for their latest mission.

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