Spotlight on Robert Jenkins: Building a Hospital in a Week
Throughout all of his military training, Robert Jenkins said his team at the Connecticut National Guard never expected to help prepare for a worldwide pandemic. But that’s just what they are doing as they establish temporary hospitals across the state to help during COVID-19.
“This is what we signed up to do – we aid the community in a time of crisis,” Rob said. “It doesn’t matter what the challenge is, when the governor activates us, we respond. And we’re happy to help.”
Rob works with the GTS team at Stanley Black & Decker as a Product Engineer within the Industrial Automotive Tools group. For the past four years, he’s also served with the Connecticut National Guard, where currently is serving as the Executive Officer of Charlie Company 1-102D Infantry Regiment.
Most recently, Rob’s unit was called into action to help set up temporary hospitals at convention centers and local universities to help with the rising number of Coronavirus patients within the state. The team is also distributing critical equipment such as ventilators and PPE to the state's primary care facilities. He’s doing all this on top of his full-time job with our company.
“We’ve not really trained for this type of scenario, so we’re really figuring things out on the fly,” he said. “But we are getting it done. It’s been incredible to see the work and dedication of the younger guys actually executing the plans being put in place – what they’ve been able to accomplish is amazing.”
Rob and his fellow National Guard members are receiving praise from many.