Biden Tells Pentagon to Ready 1,000 Troops to Help With COVID-19 Surge

President Joe Biden is directing Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III to ready 1,000 more troops to deploy to hospitals as needed in January and February as the White House looks to battle rising COVID-19 case counts credited to the omicron variant. Mirroring nationwide trends, the Department of the Air Force has also seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases as of late.