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Air Force update for COVID-19

By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs / Published April 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- In an effort to minimize the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 and to prioritize the health and safety of Department of the Air Force personnel, the following modifications have been made:

April 13, 2020
Air Mobility Command aircrew and medical personnel conducted the first operational use of the Transport Isolation System (TIS) to perform an aeromedical evacuation of three U.S. government contractors who tested positive for coronavirus, from Afghanistan to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 10. Upon arrival at Ramstein AB, the patients were transferred to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center for medical treatment.

You can read more about this mission here: https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2146688/amc-airmen-conduct-historic-first-aeromedical-evacuation-mission-using-transpor/


The 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, operates both the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite communications system and the Wideband Global SATCOM satellite communications system, both of which play a vital role in the nation's COVID-19 relief efforts on the USNS Comfort and Mercy.  

Read more about their efforts here: https://www.spaceforce.mil/News/Article/2146442/space-force-aids-usns-mercy-usns-comforts-covid-19-relief-efforts


The Air Force is providing additional support to Airmen with exceptional family members during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Exceptional Family Member Program instituted new support to minimize the impact caused by department COVID-19 policies, and beginning April 15, EFMP families can initiate their Family Member Travel Screening package online.

Learn more about this new process here: https://www.afmc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2145157/air-force-implements-options-for-exceptional-family-members-during-pandemic/


The 103rd Medical Group commander (CTANG), Col. Sean Brennan, is one of many medical professionals in the Guard helping their community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in their civilian healthcare professions.  Brennan works full time as a physician assistant-certified with Hartford HealthCare, and is now Hartford Hospital's operations manager for alternative care sites. 

You can read more about his efforts here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/367182/guard-commander-leads-covid-19-response-civilian-role


Airmen and Soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard have been working together to complete mobile COVID-19 testing on patients at nursing homes throughout the commonwealth for over a week.

Read the story here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/367192/testing-teamwork-mass-soldiers-and-airmen-conduct-covid-19-testing-nursing-homes


Air Mobility Command has designated Joint Base Charleston as the sole Transport Isolation System (TIS) training hub for aeromedical evacuation Airmen in response to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

Read more about this new designation here: https://www.amc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2146243/air-force-establishes-training-hub-at-jb-charleston-for-covid-19-aeromedical-ev/


Essential missions throughout the Air Force still continue even during this pandemic.  Below are some links to stories on how these units have adapted to make sure they can continue to execute these missions despite COVID-19.

Newlyweds graduate Basic Military Training together
https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2146598/newlyweds-graduate-basic-military-training-together/

ASAB Airmen execute the mission; Adhere to DoD guidelines
https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6168812/asab-airmen-execute-mission-adhere-dod-guidelines

Dobbins JAG office helps Marines deploy on short notice to assist in the battle against COVID-19 https://www.dobbins.afrc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2145693/dobbins-jag-office-helps-marines-deploy-on-short-notice/

Moody TACP keep current during pandemic
https://www.acc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2147235/moody-tacp-keep-current-during-pandemic/

559th Flying Training Squadron pilots take precautions while training https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2146603/559th-flying-training-squadron-pilots-take-precautions-while-training/

One team; one fight at Holloman AFB
https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2146162/one-team-one-fight-at-holloman-afb/


Air Force Totals of COVID-19 Positive Cases as of 9 p.m., April 12, 2020.

USAF TOTAL STATS*
  CASES HOSPITALIZED RECOVERED DEATHS
MIL** 288 (+32) 9 (-7)  43 (-29) 0
CIV 150 (+21) 9 22 (+9) 0
DEP 142 (+26) 33 (+13) 0
CTR 60 (+12) 6 (+2) 1
Total 640 27 104 1



* These numbers include all of the cases that were reported since our last update on April 10th.

**MIL numbers include Active Duty and Air Force Reserves. This caused a change in the numbers of hospitalized and recovered stats reported today. The Air National Guard COVID-19 positive cases are being reported by National Guard Bureau.



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