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Air Force update for COVID-19

By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs / Published April 30, 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 30,2020
The Honorable Shon Manasco, performing the duties of undersecretary of the Air Force, visited the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, April 29 to observe how the Air Force Sustainment Center continues to meet the needs of the warfighter while overcoming challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more about his visit here: https://www.afmc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2170752/under-secretary-manasco-visits-tinker-afb/


To support the global fight against COVID-19, the Air Force Research Laboratory quickly stood up an aircraft decontamination team pooling bioenvironmental, aircraft materials and medical experts from across the laboratory who've assessed a variety of aircraft decontamination support solutions.

Read more about this effort here: https://www.wpafb.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2168866/afrl-aircraft-decontamination-team-ramps-up-battle-against-covid-19/


The Air Force Research Laboratory is leveraging tactics from the Air Force pararescue (PJ) community, employing a new tool that can monitor multiple patients' vital signs, helping to alleviate the lean doctor-to-patient ratio that many medical facilities are facing amidst COVID-19. The solution is a medical monitoring tool called the Battlefield Assisted Trauma Distributed Observation Kit, or BATDOK. The original version of this tool has been under evaluation by military medics for about four years and was deployed operationally about a year ago.

Learn more about the effort here: https://www.wpafb.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2168975/afrl-adapts-pj-tactics-for-covid-19-monitoring/


Within weeks of the pandemic's spread, Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas drew on its deep bench of research expertise and joined the global race to find a COVID-19 treatment.

Learn more about the effort here: https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2171305/bamc-lends-research-expertise-to-global-pandemic-effort/


As many face hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Airmen are helping the local  community. Tech. Sgt. David Westerdale, 8th Intelligence Squadron Electronic Intelligency Analysis non-commissioned officer in charge, is leading the JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam effort. So far, Westerdale collected 588 pounds of food, cleaning supplies, masks and toiletries, as well as $700 in donations.

Read more about his efforts here: https://www.pacaf.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2169959/airmen-support-local-hawaiian-community-during-covid-19/


Airmen and Soldiers with the California National Guard regional medical support teams are currently assisting skilled nursing facilities at ten sites in Los Angeles County. The medical support teams each consist of an eight-person team with physician's assistant or a registered nurse, medical technicians, and one medical administrator. The Soldiers and Airmen on the teams are performing a variety of missions at each facility.

Read more about their efforts here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/368817/cal-guard-assisting-additional-skilled-nursing-facilities-los-angeles-county


Airmen and Soldiers with the Montana National Guard build an alternative care facility at the MetraPark in Billings, Montana. The mobile modular temporary healthcare facility can be transported anywhere in the state depending on medical necessity.


B-1 Lancers from the 28th Bomb Wing will conduct flyovers at facilities in Sturgis, Rapid City and Hot Springs, South Dakota, May 1 to honor healthcare workers on the front lines of the war on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The flyovers, allowed as part of an approved training mission, are part of the Air Force Salutes initiative designed to show appreciation to the countless heroes around the world battling COVID-19.

Read more about Ellsworth Air Force Base's upcoming flyovers here: https://www.ellsworth.af.mil/Press-Releases/Article/2168650/ellsworth-to-honor-healthcare-professionals-with-b-1-flyovers-may-1/


Air Force units have recently conducted America Salutes flyovers in their local areas honoring COVID-19 responders and essential workers. Below are links to imagery from the units that have conducted flyovers:

The 509th Bomb Wing and 442nd Fighter Wing joined force to perform Air Force Salutes flyover across Kansas City, Sedalia and Warrensburg, Missouri area hospitals.

Story: https://www.whiteman.af.mil/News/Article/2170145/whitemansaluteskc-wows-thousands-thanks-medical-professionals-healthcare-worker/

Photos and video: https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/509BWPA-WAFB

The 403rd Wing's 815th Airlift Squadron flies by the 81st Medical Group at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.

Video: https://www.facebook.com/61195961821/posts/10156919772941822/


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.

B-1 Lancer's conduct South China Sea mission, demonstrates global presence - https://www.pacaf.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2170485/b-1s-conduct-south-china-sea-mission-demonstrates-global-presence/  

Minuteman III test launch on schedule, mission ready amid pandemic - https://www.spaceforce.mil/News/Article/2171274/minuteman-iii-test-launch-on-schedule-mission-ready-amid-pandemic

Emulation ensures reliability for space domain awareness - https://www.afmc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2169032/emulation-ensures-reliability-for-space-domain-awareness/

First-ever Air Force Women's Fly-In goes virtual May 11 - https://www.acc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2170572/first-ever-air-force-womens-fly-in-goes-virtual-may-11/

Special Tactics Airmen support vital training, maintain readiness through COVID-19 - https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2169333/special-tactics-airmen-support-vital-training-maintain-readiness-through-covid/  

Cyber Evolution: 16th Weather Squadron - https://www.acc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2170596/cyber-evolution-16th-weather-squadron

CATM trains combat ready Airmen amid COVID-19 - https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2169459/catm-trains-combat-ready-airmen-amid-covid-19/

Little Heroes, Honoring Them - https://www.dvidshub.net/news/368823/little-heroes-honoring-them

Yokota AB runner meets goal despite COVID-19 obstacles - https://www.pacaf.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2169980/yokota-runner-meets-goal-despite-covid-19-obstacles/
 


Air Force Totals of COVID-19 Positive Cases as of 9 p.m., April 29, 2020.

  CASES HOSPITALIZED RECOVERED DEATHS
Military 363 (+9) 8 (+1) 131 (+8) 0
Civilian 195 (+3) 11 (+1) 69 (+1) 0
Dependents 224 (-1)* 7 (+1) 74 (+5) 0
Contractors 77 (+1) 5 20 1
Total 859 31 294 1



*Corrects previous reports.



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