Air Force update for COVID-19
By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs / Published May 04, 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:
May 4, 2020
Air chiefs and leadership representing 19 air forces across five continents came together for a video teleconference hosted by Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, April 29, 2020. Discussion focused on sharing lessons learned regarding COVID-19 response, desires for resuming engagement and exercises in a post COVID world, and a commitment to continued cooperation across the Indo-Pacific region.
Read more about this conference here: https://www.pacaf.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2174087/virtual-conference-unites-19-air-forces-on-pandemic-response/
Culminating with an in-flight demonstration on April 30, 2020, the Negatively Pressurized Conex proof of concept prototype successfully proved its capability to potentially transport individuals with infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. Air Force Materiel Command and Air Mobility Command leaders quickly joined forces in early April to invite creative materiel and non-materiel solutions to address a Joint Urgent Operational Need to move large numbers of COVID-19 patients should the need for that capability arise.
Read more about this effort here: https://www.afmc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2174710/npc-determined-to-be-a-successful-proof-of-concept/
Air Force Reserve, active-duty and Air National Guard civil engineers are maintaining a recently built tent city at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas to support basic military trainee and technical training student housing.
Read more about this effort here: https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2174749/total-force-team-supports-bmt-technical-training-tent-city-during-covid-19-cris/
Members of the New York Air National Guard don assist the City of New York Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in recovering the deceased in New York City. New York National Guard members are supporting the multi-agency response to COVID-19.
See photos of their efforts here: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6196830/operation-covid-19
Sixty-two days after the first New Yorker was diagnosed with COVID-19, and 55 days after being called to duty to help contain the pandemic, the New York National Guard has 3,629 personnel on duty.
Read the update on their efforts here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/369112/ny-national-guard-delivers-45-million-meals-half-million-test-kits-62-days-coronavirus-response
Guard and Reserve Airmen from three wings, come together to run a COVID-19 testing facility with Riverside County and California Medical Assistant Team-Indio at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival grounds, Indio, California.
Staff Sgt. Jacob Rader, an operations intelligence analyst, 110th Operations Group, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, Michigan, has come up with a way to provide comfort to those on the front line by using a 3D printer to create face shields.
Read more about his effort here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/369110/michigan-airman-provides-ppe-frontline-workers
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Airmen from the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard are assisting the Maryland Office of Preparedness and Response with receiving, organizing and arranging delivery of medical PPE and life-saving ventilators to local hospitals and county health departments.
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:
B-52s and F-15s fly over New Orleans in support of frontline COVID-19 responders
Luke AFB, Arizona ANG salute Phoenix
The 123rd Airlift Wing, Kentucky Air National Guard
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-1B Lancers return to Indo-Pacific for bomber task force deployment - https://www.pacaf.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2173296/b-1b-lancers-return-to-indo-pacific-for-bomber-task-force-deployment/
Air Postal Squadron delivers across largest AOR despite COVID-19 disruptions - https://www.pacaf.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2174069/air-postal-squadron-delivers-across-largest-aor-despite-covid-19-disruptions/
Eight EAMS Airmen execute rapid global mobility during COVID-19 pandemic - https://www.amc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2174214/8-eams-airmen-execute-rapid-global-mobility-during-covid-19-pandemic/
514th FLTS starts 'taxi service' to support aircraft deliveries for the warfighter - https://www.afrc.af.mil/News/Article/2173872/514th-flts-starts-taxi-service-to-support-aircraft-deliveries-for-the-warfighter/
57th WPS continues C-17 Weapons Instructor Course at JBLM - https://www.amc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2174712/57th-wps-continues-c-17-weapons-instructor-course-at-jblm/
Whiteman AFB, Missouri EOD Airmen continue to train and respond amid the coronavirus pandemic - https://www.whiteman.af.mil/News/Article/2173774/whiteman-eod-airmen-continue-to-train-and-respond-amid-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
Mobile Medics - https://www.warren.af.mil/News/Article/2173671/mobile-medics/
67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit continues ops - https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6181245/67th-aircraft-maintenance-unit
Flight Medicine clinic covers wide variety of medical necessities for Saber Nation - https://www.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2174573/flight-medicine-clinic-covers-wide-variety-of-medical-necessities-for-saber-nat/
COVID-19 ops; 721 APS maintains readiness - https://www.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2174564/covid-19-ops-721-aps-maintains-readiness/
Air Force Totals of COVID-19 Positive Cases as of 9 p.m., May 3, 2020.
|Military||388 (+21)||8||145 (+11)||0|
|Civilian||205 (+4)||11||73 (+1)||0|
|Dependents||234 (+6)||7||80 (+3)||0|
|Contractors||81 (+2)||6 (+1)||21 (+1)||1|
* These numbers include all of the cases that were reported since our last update on May 1st.
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