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Air Force update for COVID-19

By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs / Published June 08, 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 8, 2020
The Louisiana National Guard is preparing for emergency operations ahead of Tropical Storm Cristobal, June 7, while continuing its COVID-19 response missions. Louisiana's Guardsmen are trained, remain ready and fully equipped to stand up at any moment to protect lives and property, maintain communications, and ensure the continuity of operations and government.

Read more about their efforts here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/371624/la-guard-preps-ts-cristobal-continues-covid-19-operations

German air force medical professionals listen to a briefing from an Airmen assigned to 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing during a COVID-19 Transport Isolation System tour at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 4. The German air force's medical professionals came to the 521st AMOW facilities to learn more about the U.S. Air Force's TIS use and patient operations. 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 meeting here: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6234100/521-amow-welcomes-german-medical-professionals

Airmen from the 133rd Medical Group, provide instructions on how to administer the COVID-19 test in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 4. The Minnesota National Guard, to include the 133rd Airlift Wing, were mobilized in support of Minnesota's Executive Order 20-64 and performed duties that provided patrols, manned control points, and assisted firefighters in accomplishing their lifesaving mission by providing security throughout Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and its surrounding communities.


See photos of their efforts here: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6232105/conducting-covid-19-testing

For the last few months, thousands of medical personnel from Air Force Reserve Command have been working alongside their military and civilian counterparts in the U.S. Army North-led Joint Forces Land Component Command, or JFLCC, which has been assisting state and local governments across the continental United States in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Four nurses who mobilized from Dobbins Air Reserve Base returned to the base, May 28, arriving via a Dobbins ARB C-130H3 Hercules.

Read more about their efforts here:  https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2205524/dobbins-arb-nurses-return-home-from-covid-19-frontlines/

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.


D-Day commemoration flight - https://www.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2211114/d-day-commemoration-flight/


Dyess Airmen revolutionize C-130 maintenance - https://www.dyess.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2210504/dyess-airmen-revolutionize-c-130-maintenance/


185th Chaplains adapt to COVID-19 - https://www.dvidshub.net/news/371623/185th-chaplains-adapt-covid-19


First enlisted reservist graduates from new Weapons School course - https://www.afrc.af.mil/News/Article/2209791/first-enlisted-reservist-graduates-from-new-weapons-school-course/


39th FTS T-6 team honors 'beloved maintainer' upon retirement - https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2211014/39th-fts-t-6-team-honors-beloved-maintainer-upon-retirement/


52nd MXG trains 480th FS pilots on refueling, munitions arming, disarming F-16s - https://www.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2211134/52nd-mxg-trains-480th-fs-pilots-on-refueling-munitions-arming-disarming-f-16s/

35th Logistics Readiness, Force Support Squadrons join forces to keep post office ops moving - https://www.pacaf.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2209920/35th-logistics-readiness-force-support-squadrons-join-forces-to-keep-post-offic/  

Air Force Totals of COVID-19 Positive Cases as of 9 p.m., June 7, 2020.

Military 604 (+33) 7 282 0
Civilian 244 (+6) 9 (+1) 131 (+3) 1
Dependents 288 (+9) 6 144 1
Contractors** 216 (-1) 7 49 (-1) 2
Total 1,262 28 606 4

*These numbers include all of the cases that were reported since our last update on June 5th.
**Corrects previous reports


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