The U.S. has over 10,000 casualties from the coronavirus, and the number continues to rise. We need to recognize that we are essentially at war with the virus. First, the U.S. needs an effective operational commander who clearly has authority and a direct mission to battle the pandemic. The amount of time and effort it takes to become a senior officer in the military has prepared these men and women to do exactly that. A past example of this was during hurricane Katrina when Lt. Gen. Russel Honore took care of the spiraling issue in New Orleans. The mission of the commander must be to minimize the loss of life from the coronavirus and to provide health safety for all citizens.