40th Infantry Division headquarters on JFTB Los Alamitos, photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

40th Infantry supports new mass vaccination site at Cal State Los Angeles

As part of a new joint effort by the State of California and the federal government, national guardsmen of the 40th Infantry Division are supporting a new mass vaccination site at California State University, Los Angeles. According to California National Guard Spc. Simone Lara, the partnership includes Federal Emergency Management Agency, California Office of Emergency Services, active duty Army, California National Guard, California Conservation Corps and other partner agencies. Lara recently documented the 40th ID’s activities. Her photos were released through the Defense Visual Information Distribution System (DVIDS).

Anthony Merluzzi, a California Conservation Corps member, receives a vaccine against COVID-19 by U.S. Army Spc. Joshua Green, a combat medic specialist with 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Striker Brigade Combat Team, at the mass vaccination site on California State University, Los Angeles, Feb. 16, 2021. Merluzzi volunteered to be vaccinated after a small number of vaccines were made available at the end of the site’s opening day. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Simone Lara)
Anthony Merluzzi, a California Conservation Corps member, receives a vaccine against COVID-19 by U.S. Army Spc. Joshua Green, a combat medic specialist with 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Striker Brigade Combat Team, at the mass vaccination site on California State University, Los Angeles, Feb. 16, 2021. Merluzzi volunteered to be vaccinated after a small number of vaccines were made available at the end of the site’s opening day. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Simone Lara)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti visited the new site on its opening day, February 16. Also on hand for the opening were California Governor Gavin Newsom; Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, Commander of United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command; and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, the Adjutant General of the California Military Department.

Film and TV actor Danny DeVito received a vaccine against COVID-19 on opening day. DeVito thanked military personnel for their service and allowed several to take photos with him.

Interpreters were on hand to help community members who do not speak English.

A small number of vaccines were made available at the end of the site’s opening day to anyone who volunteered.

The 40th Infantry Division is headquartered at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos. If you enter the Base through the front gate off of Lexington Drive and continue south, the headquarters building is at the southern end.