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Air Force update for COVID-19

By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs / Published June 03, 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 3, 2020
NOTE:  Starting June 1, we will only send out this update on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

California National Guard service members previously conducting COVID-19 testing in Indio, California, answered the call from nearby Imperial County during a surge of COVID-19 patients. The Cal Guard's aid allowed for increased bed capacity and patient care at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Chris Herring, the county's emergency medical services manager, fielded the request for medical personnel support through the state and received 19 Airmen from the California Air National Guard's 144th Medical Detachment, 146th Medical Group and 163d Medical Group consisting of five registered nurses and 14 medics.

Read more about their efforts here:  

Since beginning operations in support of the state's COVID-19 response 81 days ago, Soldiers and Airmen with the West Virginia National Guard has completed 1,326 missions through our six lines of effort of operationalizing of the event, stabilizing the population, providing logistical movement of critical supplies, innovation, state surge capacity and capability, and conducting data analysis to combat the virus. Currently, 561 members of the WVNG are on duty serving the citizens of the State of West Virginia. Soldiers and Airman have been supporting mobile testing labs, testing lanes, and providing PPE training for various businesses, state agencies and first responders.

Read more about their efforts here:

A total of 25 specimen collection teams from the Wisconsin National Guard continue to operate across Wisconsin supporting local health departments and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services effort to increase the state's COVID-19 testing capacity. The teams, comprised of nearly 600 Soldiers and Airmen in total, established mobile testing sites at locations ranging from correctional facilities and health clinics, to private businesses, and community-based testing sites.

Read more about their efforts here:

Two Airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Wing have been supporting the Department of Defense's effort to combat COVID-19 since March 2020. Lt. Col. Curt Haase and Master Sgt. John Huck from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, have been embedded with the 64th Air Expeditionary Group to help bring Air Force Reservists into the fight against the pandemic.

Read more about their 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.

RPA Training Next transforming pipeline to competency-based construct -

B-1B bombers integrate with U.S., Turkish tankers over Black Sea -

Global Hawks return to Yokota Air Base to provide continuous support to joint partners, allies -

Public Health on the front lines of the invisible enemy -

Packing Resiliency: 124th FW Airmen Deploy Amidst COVID-19 -

Engineers' ICE protect warfighters from intense summer heat -

Little Rock AFB's 62nd AS protects training pipeline with airlift assistance -

Sheppard NCOA leverages agile resources in fight against COVID-19 -

COVID-19 Telework Operations Create New Opportunities for 412 TW Teams -

The 309th Missile Maintenance Group keeps 'big stick' on alert through the pandemic -

Air Force Totals of COVID-19 Positive Cases as of 9 p.m., June 2, 2020.

Military 549 (+23) 7 280 (+8) 0
Civilian 234 (+5) 8 127 (+8) 1
Dependents 273 (+4) 6 142 (+9) 1
Contractors 127 (+3) 7 46 (+5) 2
Total 1,183 28 595 4

*These numbers include all of the cases that were reported since our last update on June 1st.

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