Brenau junior interior design student called to military duty fighting virus

Georgia Army National Guard Sgt. Quantez Harper is a junior interior design major who was deployed to Kosovo in 2011 and Afghanistan in 2014 and 2019. When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp activated medical personnel to assist at Albany’s Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, a COVID-19 hotspot, Harper says he felt compelled to go.

Though COVID-19 is “completely new territory” for Harper — a combat medic with experience dealing with battlefield trauma — he has been regularly assisting with the care and treatment of patients who have tested positive.

“After only my first day there, I could not help but notice and feel the tremendous and unbelievable amount of love and support health care workers have received from the community, state and nation,” Harper says.