Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Washington National Guard, has been selected to command Task Force Olympic – the Guard’s mission in Western Washington helping that area of the state with its response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Hobbs’ service begins immediately and will keep him away from his legislative responsibilities for an indeterminate amount of time. While he is away, his office will continue to be available to answer questions and assist constituents – including help with accessing resources and information regarding the coronavirus outbreak.
Task Force Olympic is comprised currently of approximately 150-200 men and women of the Army and Air National Guard. Their initial mission is to support communities throughout Western Washington through food distribution at food banks, as well as ensuring beds and respirators reach their intended destinations. The Task Force will be tasked with other missions as assigned in order to support communities during this pandemic. You can watch a recent story on the Guard’s work at Western Washington food banks here.
“I’ve been inspired by the stories of people working together to fight the spread of this virus. Serving communities in times of crisis is why people join the National Guard. It’s an honor for me to be able to do my part.”
Hobbs enlisted in the Army in 1987 and joined the National Guard in 2006. He is a veteran of the Kosovo Conflict and the Iraq War as well as a participant in other National Guard responses to state emergencies. He has served in the Legislature since 2007.
Media interested in the Washington National Guard response to COVID-19 can contact the Washington National Guard Public Affairs Officer Maj. Joseph Siemandel by calling 253-512-8989 or via email at email@example.com.