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COVID-19 Updates and What the U.S. Government is doing about it.

- Suspension of Trusted Travel Program; Closure of Government Hill Gate, and Post Road Gate closed to private auto traffic; Arctic Valley Gate closed on weekends; Richardson VCC closed--expect potential curtailments and closures
- Further reduction of garrison and tenant services--we are working to find ways to provide virtual services as much as possible
- Commissary and AAFES resources will remain available with current mitigating efforts in place

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Defense Commissary Agency announces requirement for face coverings
A commissary store worker wears personal protective equipment as he wipes down a checkout area
April 9, 2020 - Commissaries are requiring some form of face covering for store employees and customers to enter a commissary.

Military ID and DEERS customer service interim policy changes
April 9, 2020 - In order to further protect the health and safety of our technicians, our customers, and the community, the MPF has been authorized to implement several exemptions pertaining to CAC/ID and DEERS.

JBER Guidance for Wearing Face Coverings
April 7, 2020 - JBER personnel and families are not expected to wear a mask at all times while on the installation. If you are able to maintain the social/physical distancing guidance, you do not require a face covering. If the duties of your mission or nature of your business (e.g., shopping at the commissary) requires you to be within 6 feet of other individuals, then a cloth face covering is necessary.

JBER dining operations fuel troops amid COVID-19 concerns
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Robert Shorter, 673d Force Support Squadron food service apprentice, places food into a to-go box in the Iditarod Dining Facility on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 2, 2020. The dining facility suspended dining-in as a way to balance protective measures against COVID-19 while supporting military members to maintain mission readiness.
April 3, 2020 - Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson personnel have incorporated protective measures to ensure essential missions continue. U.S. Air Force Col. Patricia Csànk, JBER and 673d Air Base Wing commander, declared a Public Health Emergency, March 22, 2020, and directed Health Protection Condition (HPCON) CHARLIE for the foreseeable future. HPCON CHARLIE is defined as an elevated risk of sustained community transmission.

JBER implements Health Protection Condition (HPCON) BRAVO
March 17, 2020 - By order of U.S. Air Force Col. Patricia Csànk, 673d Air Base Wing and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson commander, JBER will transition to HPCON BRAVO measures throughout the day and will attain full implementation no later than 9 a.m., March 18.

Struggle became strength for JBER security forces patrolman
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ramses Alfonso, 673d Security Forces Squadron lead patrolman, holds his daughter and poses for a photo with his mother and younger brother in Anchorage, Alaska, Dec. 20, 2019. When Alfonso was in fifth grade, he immigrated to the United States from Cuba and learned English. Alfonso graduated from Anchorage Police Department 19-1 Academy and earned the Distinguished Honor Graduate Award, Class Valedictorian, Top Shooter, and Top Defensive Driver in the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course.
March 11, 2020 - It was a routine traffic stop at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, because a driver’s vehicle registration was expired. However, the security forces specialist was having trouble communicating with the driver because the driver didn’t speak much English, but she did speak Spanish. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ramses Alfonso, 673d Security Forces Squadron lead patrolman and native of Cardenas, Cuba, got a call to assist and interpret. He said the driver was relieved to talk to someone in Spanish, and explained she was here from Colombia on a work visa. Ramses was able to easily sort out the situation and contact the woman’s sponsor on base.

Aiming For Perfection
An expended 5.56mm cartridge leaves the ejection port of Army Pfc. Justin Ward’s M-4 carbine as he conducts weapons qualification on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 3, 2020, with fellow paratroopers assigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska. The battalion’s Soldiers utilize individual weapons qualification to build upon their basic soldiering skills, and lethality.
March 5, 2020 - Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, conducted weapons qualification with M-4 carbine on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 3, 2020.
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Despite COVID-19, U.S. Military Remains Ready to Fight
Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Anderson and Staff Sgt. Michael Zitelli perform a basic post-flight operations inspection on a C-17 Globemaster III while wearing personal protective equipment at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, April 7, 2020.
April 9, 2020 - The Defense Department is doing a lot to combat the spread of COVID-19 across the nation, but its primary mission — the defense of the nation and its interests — continues unabated, Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Norquist said.

DOD's Top Leaders Conduct Town Hall Meeting on COVID-19
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark A. Milley and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman Ramón “CZ” Colón-López hold a virtual global town hall at the Pentagon to answer questions from service members, family members, and Defense Department civilians and contractors about DOD's COVID-19 response, April 9, 2020.
April 9, 2020 - The Defense Department has provided medical equipment to federal agencies in need, and its scientists and medical professionals are working with the private sector to develop a vaccine, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said.

Guardsmen Remain Adaptable in Face of Coronavirus
Louisiana National Guardsmen with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the 62nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team gather information from first responders and medical personnel at a COVID-19 mobile testing site at the Alario Center in Westwego, La., March 21, 2020.
April 9, 2020 - More than 28,000 National Guardsmen are working with federal and state officials in communities across America supporting the fight against the coronavirus.

DOD Ramps Up COVID-19 Response Efforts From Coast to Coast
Soldiers from the Connecticut National Guard’s 1-102nd Infantry Regiment set up Department of Health and Human Services federal medical station equipment at Moore Field House at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn., April 1, 2020.
April 8, 2020 - The Defense Department's medical apparatus is operating across the country to bring its expertise and capacity to bear against the coronavirus pandemic.

Corps of Engineers Rapidly Assessing, Building Hospital Spaces
Engineers assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District  log data collected during a facility site inspection in Tulsa, Okla., April 1, 2020.
April 8, 2020 - Army Corps of Engineers personnel are assessing or building structures for both non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 hospitals at the request of mayors and governors from multiple states and territories.

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