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Air Force update for COVID-19

By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs / Published May 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:

May, 13 2020
The Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over San Diego and Los Angeles May 15.

Read the announcement here:  

Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, visited Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, May 8, to view ongoing mission efforts and review "return to full capacity" operational execution plans in progress.

Read more about his visit here:   

Several 919th Special Operations Medical Squadron members are putting their extensive training with the Air Force Reserve to good use by supporting community hospitals and clinics around the country. The experience gained from participating in demanding exercises and deployments has prepared them for a wide range of scenarios while working in their civilian capacities on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis.

Read more about their efforts here:  

Michigan Army and Air National Guard members from various units across the state assist the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) with COVID-19 testing of prisoners at the Chippewa Correctional Facility, Kincheloe, Michigan. Guard members assisted the MDOC by testing prisoners at correctional facilities throughout Michigan's Upper Peninsula in order to help protect prisoners and staff from the coronoavirus disease.

As Oklahoma's whole-of-government response to COVID-19 progresses, so does the Oklahoma Air and Army National Guard's mission. As of May 6, 2020, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt activated 360 Guardsmen to assist their fellow Oklahomans, alongside state agencies such as the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Regional Food Banks.

Area residents are rallying around a team of medical Airmen from California Air National Guard units throughout the state as they work with the California Medical Assistant Team-Indio to run a COVID-19 testing facility in Indio. The testing site, which is located at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival grounds, has received an outpouring of donations from people and organizations in the Coachella Valley who want to help with the fight against COVID-19.

Read about their efforts here:

Maj. Tori Scearbo is one of thousands of state medical professionals working the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has been taking care of patients since the virus spread to New Hampshire in March. A native of Bangor, Maine, she serves in the New Hampshire Air National Guard as a nurse for the 157th Medical Group, Det. 1 CERFP and as a critical care nurse at Portsmouth Hospital.

Read more about her story here:

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:  

Various Aircraft from the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon AFB, New Mexico, perform a flyover over the Plains Regional Medical Center in support of Essential Workers who continue to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maine National Guard Salutes COVID-19 Frontline Workers

New Jersey Salutes Fly Over North Jersey and New York City F-16 D Model

Print Story:  

Air Force Salutes Upstate New York, 109th Air Wing, New York


115th Fighter Wing shows support for healthcare and frontline workers with flyover

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.

Forging the future, first-ever virtual Air Force Women's Fly-In boldly leads the way -  

B-1s conduct training in East China Sea, integrate with JASDF -  

COVID-19 delays homecomings for some -

Air Reserve Personnel Center Spread the Word program goes virtual -

T-38 squadron changes commanders during four-ship formation over Oklahoma -  

14th Medical Group boosts morale, shows support for workers -

309th Electronics Maintenance Group mission ready, delivers critical parts to the warfighter -

Edwards AFB first to test Air Force Comptroller Services Portal - 

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

Military 433 (+3) 9 215 (+6) 0
Civilian* 202 (-5) 9 109 (+6) 0
Dependents 267 (+2) 7 109 (+5) 0
Contractors 90 (+1) 5 34 (+2) 1
Total 992 30 467 1

* Corrects previous reports.

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