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Air Force update for COVID-19

By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs / Published April 16, 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 16, 2020
Air Mobility Liaison Officers from the 621st Mobility Support Operations Squadron are currently assisting U.S. Army North with air movements of field hospital units into coronavirus disease hot spots around the U.S. The AMLOs are rapidly responding to emerging air mobility requirements in New York City, Seattle, Dallas and New Orleans in coordination with Air Mobility Command and the 618th Air Operations Center, as part of the whole-of-government U.S. response to combating COVID-19.


Read more about their efforts here: https://www.expeditionarycenter.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2151582/amlos-provide-expertise-in-covid-19-response-aid-field-hospital-unit-movements/


Approximately 100 Air Force Reserve aeromedical evacuation specialists from across the country have been called up to help care for Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 60% of America's capability to provide global patient movement resides in the Air Force Reserve.


Read more about their mobilization here: https://www.afrc.af.mil/News/Article/2151951/reserve-aeromedical-evacuation-medics-called-to-the-fight-against-covid-19/ 


An innovative solution by the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center's Detachment 4 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is giving commanders from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa the ability to accurately assess operational risk and protect lives in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Geospatial tools developed by the detachment's GeoBase team are providing commanders with near real-time data detailing the spread of the disease in their areas of responsibility.


Read more about this new tool here: https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2152514/afimsc-geospatial-tools-help-commanders-manage-covid-19-risk/ 


Airmen and Soldiers with the 44th Civil Support Team (FLNG) prepares for their upcoming mission of providing support to two assisted living facilities in Starke, Florida. They will be testing the residents and staff at both facilities, to help gage the COVID-19 threat.


More than 230 Airmen and Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard have spent the past four days turning a cavernous exhibit hall into an Alternate Care Facility with 288 beds for patients recovering from COVID-19. 


Read the story about their efforts here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/367493/ky-guard-stands-up-alternate-care-facility-covid-19-patients


On April 14, U.S. Transportation Command directed the use of personally procured or self-made face coverings in all TRANSCOM and Air Mobility Command terminals and on all military or commercially contracted aircraft to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The directive is in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation and Department of Defense guidance to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing at a minimum of six feet of separation is difficult to maintain.


Read more about this directive here: https://www.amc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2151374/ustranscom-issues-guidance-for-face-coverings-in-passenger-terminals-aircraft/ 


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. 

40 days, nights: AMC Commander's Battle Staff directs round-the-clock support in COVID-19 fight - https://www.amc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2151433/40-days-nights-amc-commanders-battle-staff-directs-round-the-clock-support-in-c/

Tinker finds ways to stay social despite social distancing - https://www.afmc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2152674/tinker-finds-ways-to-stay-social-despite-social-distancing/ 

Maintenance team's face-covering ingenuity helps meet requirement (149 FW, TXANG)- https://www.dvidshub.net/news/367514/maintenance-teams-face-covering-ingenuity-helps-meet-requirement  

71st IS conducts virtual Unit Training Assembly to maintain mission readiness - https://445aw.usaf.afpims.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2152373/71st-is-conducts-virtual-uta/ 

Airmen lead volunteerism during COVID-19 pandemic - https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2152161/airmen-lead-volunteerism-during-covid-19-pandemic/

97 TRS implements distance friendly training for students - https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2151166/97-trs-implements-distance-friendly-training-for-students/


Air Force Totals of COVID-19 Positive Cases as of 9 p.m., April 15, 2020. 
 

  CASES HOSPITALIZED RECOVERED DEATHS
Military 317 (+18) 8 (-1) 59 (+5) 0
Civilian 166 (+8) 12 29 (+2) 0
Dependents 184 (+30) 37 (+5) 0
Contractors 64 (+2) 4 8 (+1) 1
Total 731 29 133 1


 



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