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Air Force update for COVID-19

By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs / Published May 18, 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 18, 2020
For the first time since 1968, a flight of nearly 60 Airmen graduated U.S. Air Force basic military training outside of Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. A flight of nearly 60 Airmen from the 37th Training Wing Detachment 5 marched across the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, May 15.

Read more about BMT Graduation here:


U.S. Air Force medical personnel transfer COVID-19 patients from the flightline at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, May 16. Aircrew transported the patients aboard a C-17 Globemaster III from Afghanistan, utilizing the Transport Isolation System to prevent the spread of the infectious disease. The TIS is an infectious disease containment unit designed to minimize contamination risk to aircrew and medical attendants, while allowing in-flight medical care for patients afflicted by a disease like COVID-19.

See photos of this effort here:


Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indiana National Guard supported local agencies throughout the state to curb virus's spread and serve during the time of need. The Guard's COVID-19 plans team, stationed at Stout Field, Indianapolis, filled a critical component in organizing specialized teams while protecting the health and safety of soldiers and airmen serving on the front lines.

Read more about this effort here:


More than 180 Airmen and Soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard with civilian medical backgrounds have been called up to serve with Task Force Raptor and join the commonwealth's fight against COVID-19. Unique to TF Raptor, the Guard members on this mission have civilian medical training and were activated regardless of their traditional Army Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) or Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC).

Read more about their efforts here:


Members of the Iowa Air National Guard's 185th Air Refueling Wing and the Army National Guard's D Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion have opened a joint COVID-19 testing site in Storm Lake Iowa.

Read more about their efforts here:


Texas Air National Guard Airmen supported COVID-19 testing efforts in Mount Pleasant, Texas, by establishing and operating a Mobile Testing Team facility. The MTT program is a collaboration between the Texas Military Department and other state agencies under the order of Governor Greg Abbott to provide free COVID-19 testing across the state of Texas.

See photos of their efforts here:


Soldiers and Airmen with the West Virginia National Guard, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, and the Berkeley County Health Department supported COVID-19 test lanes for minorities and vulnerable populations, May 15, 2020, on Bulldog Blvd in between Martinsburg High and South Middle Schools in Martinsburg, W.Va. The WVNG Task Force Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Response Enterprise, or TF CRE, along with WVNG medical personnel supported the mission which was being conducted simultaneously at four locations in the state.

See photos of this efforts here:

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.

Air Force Global Strike Command integrates globally for mission success -

Hurricane Hunters fly first mission of 2020 Atlantic Season -

Point Blank exercise adapts to pandemic restrictions -

During COVID-19 crisis, Cal Guardsmen prepare for wildfires -

JTF 115 J6: Keeping Guardsmen connected -

926th Wing Airman taking care of deployers -

124th Fighter Wing Deploy During COVID-19 Pandemic -

Reaper Airman fulfills dream of earning Ranger tab -

15th OWS creating margin with Ready Month -

Loud and Clear: 5th Combat Communications Group keeps warfighters connected, communications on point during pandemic -

Load planners create critical balance in cargo, passenger movements -

The 31st MDSS sets standard for USAFE -

IAAFA Adapts during COVID-19, Continues International Professional Military Education via Distance Learning -

Adopt-An-MTL: Goodfellow's community action team thanks military training leaders -

Air Force Totals of COVID-19 Positive Cases as of 9 p.m., May 17, 2020.

Military 449 (+7) 6 (-3) 226 (+5) 0
Civilian 205 (+2) 6 (-2) 111 (+2) 0
Dependents 272 (+2) 5 (-1) 114 (+4) 0
Contractors 95  4 (-1) 36 (+1)  1
Total 1,021 21 487 1





*These numbers include all of the cases that were reported since our last update on May 15th.

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