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 - Any service member or dependent at JBER who has COVID symptoms should be tested. Self-referral drive-up testing offered at the JBER Respiratory Clinic. Mon - Sun 7 A.M. - 3 P.M.
 - 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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Squadron medics keep Airmen healthy
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jack Williams, 517th Airlift Squadron independent duty medical technician, administers the COVID-19 vaccine, Dec. 30, 2020 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. IDMTs role is to communicate issues affecting the combat readiness, mission effectiveness, and individual medical readiness directly to the commander while advising them on recommendations to perform safe, effective flying operations.
Jan. 14, 2021 - The 3rd Wing currently has three flight surgeons and eight independent duty medical technicians to keep pilots and crew members physically capable of carrying out the wing’s mission.

Air Force NCO keeps mission going
Jan. 12, 2021 - Keeping aircraft flying is critical to the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson mission – but it isn't as simple as a pilot getting into a plane. There is a great deal of maintenance, and scheduling that maintenance and making sure it is top-notch is no easy task; hundreds of Airmen work daily to make it happen.

AFIMSC announces 2021 Innovation Rodeo finalists
All 2020 AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo teams pose for a group photo Feb. 7, 2020. AFIMSC announced finalists for the 2021 AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo this week. The event, to be held virtually due to COVID-19, gives finalists a chance to compete for a share of $1 million in funding and resources to pursue their ideas (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Aragon)
Jan. 12, 2021 - The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center announced finalists for the 2021 AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo.

COVID-19 vaccinations begin at JBER
U.S. Airmen with the 673d Medical Group prepare supplies to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 30, 2020. Upon receiving the initial shipment of the vaccine, JBER began inoculating personnel following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s prioritization guidelines. The vaccine is part of Operation Warp Speed, a national initiative to accelerate the development, production and distribution of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.
Jan. 5, 2021 - An initial shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 31, 2020, and inoculations began the same day.

JBER Fitness Centers provide Arctic Warriors new gain opportunities
An indoor running track, aerobic machines, free weights and a rock-climbing wall sit ready for use at the Buckner Fitness Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec 14, 2020. In addition to the 35,000 square-foot state-of-the-art fitness area, Buckner also includes an aquatic center, fitness pool, and an abundance of new strength and cardio machines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Crystal A. Jenkins)
Dec. 18, 2020 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Since the beginning of 2020, both Buckner and Elmendorf Fitness Centers have creatively taken the record-breaking, low-traffic months due to the novel coronavirus as an opportunity to transform at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Department of the Air Force moves Physical Fitness Assessments to April 2021, removes waist measurement from composite score permanently
U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training trainee, Chris-Ann Wilmoth, 37th Training Wing Detachment 5, Flight 564, participates in a physical training session at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., July 1, 2020. To continue minimizing close contact among personnel during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and ensure units and personnel are fully ready to resume, physical fitness testing has been delayed from October to January and is now further delayed to April 2021. Testing in April will proceed without obtaining the waist measurement component. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
Dec. 7, 2020 - To ensure social distancing practices remain in place during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to give Airmen and Space Professionals time to prepare, testing was delayed from October to January and is now further delayed to April.

Airmen honored for Colony Glacier efforts
U.S. Air Force Col. Travolis A. Simmons, the commander of the 3rd Wing, awards Joint Service Achievement Medals to Airmen from the 3rd Maintenance Squadron for their participation in the recovery effort during Operation Colony Glacier at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 30, 2020. Operation Colony Glacier is a real world mission to recover the remains, personal effects, and wreckage of a U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster II that crashed Nov. 22, 1952 near Mt. Gannett, Alaska. In 2012 Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers spotted debris from the wreckage during a routine training mission on Colony Glacier nearly 14 miles from where the plane first crashed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)
Dec. 1, 2020 - The 3rd Maintenance Squadron honored 10 Airmen Nov. 30 for their participation in Operation Colony Glacier 2020.
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U.S. Aligns Key Partners Against Shared Threats in the Middle East
The U.S. and Israeli flags sit on a conference table in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2017.
Jan. 15, 2021 - In a sign of the changing political environment in the Middle East, the U.S. military will move Israel from the U.S. European Command's area of responsibility to that of the U.S. Central Command.

DOD Aims to Bring Industrial Base Back to U.S., Allies
Members of the New York National Guard organize and distribute swab kits at a warehouse in New York City as part of a multi-agency response to COVID-19, May 26, 2020.
Jan. 15, 2021 - While the defense industrial base is healthy, there are single points of failure and dependencies on overseas suppliers that must be addressed, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment said.

U.S. Completes Troop-Level Drawdown in Afghanistan, Iraq
Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller arrives at Arg, the presidential palace, for a bilateral exchange in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 22, 2020.
Jan. 15, 2021 - Troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan have dropped, acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller announced today.

Admiral Says U.S. Aims to Expand Competitive Space in Latin America
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 7, 2020) Lt. j.g. Timothy Wenholz, assigned to the Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), uses a bearing circle in preparation for a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the  Chilean Navy replenishment oiler CNS Almirante Montt (AO-52) Nov. 7, 2020. Both Gabrielle Giffords and CNS Almirante Montt are supporting UNITAS LXI, off the coast of Manta, Ecuador, the world’s longest running multi-national maritime exercise. UNITAS is the world's longest-running, annual exercise and brings together multinational forces from nine countries to include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, and the US.. The exercise focuses in strengthening the existing regional partnerships and encourages establishing new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during multinational training operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Allen Michael Amani)
Jan. 15, 2021 - Navy Adm. Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, said the DOD and Southcom are expanding partnerships in our hemisphere and globally.

Largest Multi-Site Distribution Complex in DOD Delivers for Operation Warp Speed
Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital staff receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, Republic of Korea. The hospital is one of three U.S. Department of Defense medical treatment facilities in the Republic of  Korea inoculating medical staff and other key personnel during the initial worldwide distribution of the vaccine.
Jan. 14, 2021 - Defense Logistics Agency Distribution began shipping Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Defense Department employees outside the continental U.S. as part of the Operation Warp Speed mission.

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