Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling is a national security, intelligence and terrorism analyst for CNN. He served for 37 years in the Army, including three years in combat, and retired as commanding general of US Army Europe and the 7th Army. He is the author of “Growing Physician Leaders.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely his. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)As the federal and state governments grapple with the potential effects of the Covid-19 pandemic across the nation, there has been an increasing call for mobilizing the military to contribute to the pandemic response. In a New York Times opinion piece, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested that the Army Corps of Engineers should be called into service to assist to “retrofit and refit existing facilities” to serve as temporary medical centers Indeed, the Joint Staff received approval from the Secretary of Defense early in February to refresh their contingency plans for the “response, isolation, quarantine, restriction of movement and community-based intervention” of any potential pandemic. But what does all that actually mean for our country’s citizens and government officials as we address the anxiety associated with the coronavirus? What can the military contribute?Having once served as


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