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Air Force update for COVID-19

By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs / Published June 01, 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:

June 1, 2020
NOTE:  Starting June 1, we will only send out this update on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett toured Cannon AFB and visited several units May 20. The day-long visit gave Barrett the chance to see first-hand the readiness capabilities of the 27th Special Operations Wing.

Read more about her visit here: https://www.cannon.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2203613/secretary-barbara-barrett-meets-cannon-airmen-learns-base-readiness/  

Amidst COVID-19, Gen. Stephen W. "Seve" Wilson, vice chief of staff of the Air Force, visited Goodfellow AFB, May 29. During his visit, Wilson saw how Goodfellow AFB  is fighting and adapting through COVID-19 to carry out the mission of training and inspiring the future force.

Read more about his visit here: https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2203187/vice-chief-of-staff-of-the-air-force-visits-goodfellow/

Medical personnel from the 90th Medical Group tested more than 250 troops from across the 90th Missile Wing, May 20 on F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. The personnel, composed of maintainers, operators, facility managers and missile chefs, were directed to receive testing to ensure minimization of COVID-19 infections to personnel traveling to the missile field.

Read more about their efforts here:  https://www.warren.af.mil/News/Article/2201618/90th-medical-group-conducts-mass-covid-19-testing/  

The Michigan National Guard conducted drive-thru and walk-up testing for local residents of Calhoun County, Michigan at the Marshall Opportunity High School, Albion, Michigan, May 30. The Michigan National Guard has more than 60 trained testing teams ready to assist, of which 21 are currently assigned to support the community testing mission. These three-member teams include a certified medic to conduct the testing and two members to assist with paperwork, logistics, and non-medical tasks.

More than two months after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine activated members of the Ohio National Guard to assist with food distribution at food banks statewide, the need in the community for the Ohio National Guard's assistance is still prevalent. As the state slowly begins to reopen and life returns to a new normal, Ohio National Guard members across the state continue to work hard in supporting their local community members through food packaging and distribution.

Read more about their efforts here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/371042/178th-wing-airmen-serve-their-community-local-food-bank  

North Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the 42nd Civil Support Team supported a drive-thru COVID-19 test site at Deep River Elementary School in Sanford, North Carolina, May 27-28. The Guardsmen collected about 500 samples in two days. This is the second time they have supported a COVID-19 test site; the first tested employees at a Chatham county chicken processing plant on April 23.

Read more about their efforts here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/371057/covid-19-testing-continues-with-nc-national-guard-support

The Georgia National Guard deployed more than 2,600 Soldiers and Airmen in support of military operations and training missions around the world in 2019. Now in 2020, many of these service members serve a different kind of mission– to fight the COVID-19 virus.

Read more about their efforts here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/370936/they-now-georgia-guardsmen-deployed-2019-respond-covid-2020  

Senior Airman Ledarius Carpenter is a Mississippi National Guardsman traveling around the state helping to facilitate community-based COVID-19 testing sites with his team from the 186th Air Refueling Wing of Meridian.

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.

Joint Base Charleston hosts rescue team ahead of NASA human space flight mission - https://www.amc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2203514/joint-base-charleston-hosts-rescue-team-ahead-of-nasa-human-space-flight-mission/

AFRL centrifuge part of NASA's history-making launch - https://www.afmc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2203373/afrl-centrifuge-part-of-nasas-history-making-launch/

B-1 Lancers integrate with Ukraine aircraft for first time - https://www.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2203357/b-1s-integrate-with-ukraine-aircraft-for-first-time/  

Hill AFB F-35 fighter wing members arrive at ADAB - https://www.acc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2203615/hill-afb-f-35-fighter-wing-members-arrive-at-adab/

The 28th CONS trains for future deployments - https://www.ellsworth.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2192898/28th-cons-trains-for-future-deployments/

USAF Weapons School continues to innovate air superiority - https://www.acc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2203574/usaf-weapons-school-continues-to-innovate-air-superiority/

Little Rrock AFB surges airlift operations in the face of COVID-19 constraints - https://www.amc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2201744/lrafb-surges-airlift-operations-in-the-face-of-covid-19-constraints/

AFLCMC division to launch new feedback app - https://www.afmc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2203362/aflcmc-division-to-launch-new-feedback-app/

F-22 CTF implements EAFB's first operational F-22 rapid crew swap to overcome COVID-19 limitations - https://www.afmc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2203428/f-22-ctf-implements-eafbs-first-operational-f-22-rapid-crew-swap-to-overcome-co/

Air Force Civil Engineer Center consolidates program to maximize lethality, readiness - https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2203652/air-force-civil-engineer-center-consolidates-program-to-maximize-lethality-read/

Air Force Totals of COVID-19 Positive Cases as of 9 p.m., May 31, 2020.

Military 526 (+22) 7 272 (+5) 0
Civilian 229 (+8) 8 (+2) 119 (+2) 1
Dependents 269 (+8) 6 133 (+4) 1
Contractors 124 (+4) 7 41 (+1) 2
Total 1,148 28 565 4


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