Statement from Hon. Ryan D. McCarthy, Secretary of the Army

March 10, 2020


The commander of U.S. Army Europe, along with several staff members, may have been exposed to COVID-19 during a recent conference.  Out of an abundance of caution and following recommended protocols, he and others potentially affected are self-monitoring and working remotely to fulfill their command duties and responsibilities.

U.S. Army Europe public health officials have notified all other U.S. personnel who were at risk of exposure. 

The health and welfare of our Soldiers, Families, Civilians, Allies and Partners is a critical priority. We'll continue to provide them the most up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. 

We are conducting daily assessments of the situation and are consulting with medical professionals, the joint and OSD staff, our exercise host nations, and other allies and partners.

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command are working on research efforts to control, contain and prevent the virus. The U.S. Army has top-notch researchers and cutting-edge technology that are helping to develop preventive measures and treatments.

Our nation, our Army, our allies and potential adversaries should know that our Soldiers remain ready.

  • U.S. Army Chief of Staff