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Air Force update for COVID-19

By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs / Published June 05, 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 4, 2020
NOTE:  Starting June 1, we will only send out this update on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

International Health Specialists' experience in global health engagements proved important to support the Department of Defense's relief efforts to state health care systems fighting COVID-19. The Ninth Air Force-led Task Force-Southeast provided defense support of civil authorities within Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, regions III and IV. The task force's largest mission was delivering support to a COVID-19 alternate care site set up at Temple University in Philadelphia that served as an overflow medical facility.

Read more about their efforts here:

The Michigan National Guard visited three long-term care facilities on May 28, including Riveridge Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, West Woods of Bridgman, and Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Michigan to assist with continued COVID-19 testing in Berrien County. This initiative is part of the Michigan National Guard's collaborative effort with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the State Emergency Operations Center to assist with voluntary COVID-19 testing for staff and residents at the request of long term care facilities across Michigan.

Read more about their efforts here:

Reserve Airmen from the 433rd Airlift Wing's Medical Group returned from a 54-day deployment to the Queens Hospital Center in the Jamaica Hills area of New York City to help assist medical staff at the hospital with the overwhelming number of COVID-19 infected patients.

Read more about their efforts here:

For Chaplain (Capt.) Michael Zimmer, traditional religious services are out the window for Nebraska National Guard Soldiers and Airmen activated and spread throughout the whole state supporting COVID-19 response efforts. In April, Zimmer was activated as the chaplain for the Joint Task Force for Nebraska National Guard COVID-19 mission.

Read more about his 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.

Aviano Air Base Elephant Walk -

The Future of Enlisted Professional Military Education -

The 97th Air Mobility Wing conducts large formation exercise -

Aerial refueling: Backbone of long-range Bomber Task Force missions -

The 62nd AS protects training pipeline with airlift assistance -

AFWERX to host JADC2 demo event for government users, tech scouts -

Whiteman AFB flight surgeon keeps 20th Attack Squadron mission ready through COVID-19 -

Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy support ongoing despite COVID-19 -

A New Era Takes Flight -

MCA expands skills, increases lethality -

EDIS helping to release wiggles and giggles during COVID-19 -

The 309th SMXG adapts to change and continues support -

The 448th Supply Chain Management Wing meets challenges of COVID-19 -

Air Force Totals of COVID-19 Positive Cases as of 9 p.m., June 4, 2020.

Military 571 (+2) 7 282 (+2) 0
Civilian 238 (+4) 8 128 (+1) 1
Dependents 279 (+6) 6 144 (+2) 1
Contractors 127 7 49 (+3) 2
Total 1,215 28 603 4

*These numbers include all of the cases that were reported since our last update on June 3rd.

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