Rose, 33, who represents New York’s 11th Congressional district, which includes all of Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, will spend the coming weeks working at Staten Island facilities to assist in COVID-19 response efforts.
Rep. Rose is a Captain in the National Guard and will serve as an Operations Officer starting Wednesday.
“Over the past month I have seen acts of incredible bravery and sacrifice by our first responders, nurses, doctors, and essential workers who never thought they’d be on the frontlines of a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic,” Rose said in a statement.
Congressman Rose added that one of the best ways for him, as an elected official, to serve his constituents in this time of crisis was to deploy.
“My activation and deployment is nothing compared to what our city, state, and country has asked of all them,” he said. “And it’s certainly nothing compared to the other men and women serving in uniform both here at home and overseas. I am just trying to do my duty and my small part.”
Tomorrow, I will be deploying to the National Guard to do my small part to assist in the response to the coronavirus on Staten Island.
Wanted you to hear from me what this means. We will get through this—together. pic.twitter.com/ycwNtGi4ty
— Rep. Max Rose (@RepMaxRose) March 31, 2020
The New York Congressman added that his staff will take the lead while he works with the National Guard.
“Like many Guardsmen and women across the country, I am leaving my day job to serve our nation,” Rose continued. “Unlike them, I will be able to return to it in order to vote if needed. That’s a privilege and responsibility that I take very seriously. I’m also grateful to have an amazing staff who will continue their work on behalf of Staten Islanders and South Brooklynites. Together, I know we will overcome this pandemic.”
Max Rose served as an active duty officer in Afghanistan from 2012-2013 and earned various honors including a Bronze Star and a Combat Infantry Badge. He also received a Purple Heart after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in northern Afghanistan while he was serving as a 26-year-old first lieutenant platoon leader.
Rose joined the Guard in 2015 and has continued to serve since being elected to Congress. He serves as a company commander in the New York Army National Guard’s 69th Infantry Regiment, the second-oldest National Guard unit in the country.
As of Tuesday, the state of New York has reported 68,363 confirmed cases of the virus and over 1,342 deaths.