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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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JBER’s frontline workers stand up to COVID-19
U.S. Army Pvt. Daniel Murtagh, a combat medic specialist assigned to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment (Airborne), 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, tests a patient for COVID-19 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 20, 2020. The 673d MDG stood-up a drive-thru testing clinic to offer a fast, safe way to provide testing to base personnel and their dependents.
Nov. 25, 2020 - Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the 673d Medical Group has been fighting the battle on the front lines here in the Last Frontier.

PACAF Airmen take RADAS to new heights
U.S. Air Force civil engineers fly a Small Unmanned Aircraft System during a newly adopted Rapid Airfield Damage Assessment System training course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 18, 2020. Throughout the first week of training, Airmen focused on learning to fly the SUAS. During the second week they learned to fly the RADAS mission while using the SUAS systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Smith)
Nov. 25, 2020 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Twelve civil engineer Airmen from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, completed a 12-day secondary operator training course of the newly adopted Rapid Airfield Damage Assessment System (RADAS), at JBER, Nov. 20, 2020.

First-term Airman recognized as PACAF ARMS Airman of the Year
Airman 1st Class Kelly Penn, 3rd Operations Support Squadron aviation resource management journeyman, poses for the camera at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 23, 2020. Penn has been recognized as the Pacific Air Forces Aviation Resource Management System Airman of the Year and will go on to compete at the Air Force level.
Nov. 23, 2020 - A 3rd Operations Support Squadron Aviation Resource Management journeyman has been recognized as the Pacific Air Forces Aviation Resource Management System Airman of the Year.

USARAK Commander's Thanksgiving letter
Nov. 23, 2020 - Thanksgiving is a special time for Americans across the country, a time when loved ones come together in celebration of unity and gratitude. While this year the gatherings will be smaller and the events unique, it is still an opportunity to reflect upon the blessings we share with friends and family.

Spartan paratroopers recognized for saving a life
Col. Chris Landers, commander of 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, congratulates Sgt. Cody Grant, for receiving the U.S. Army's Safety Guardian Award at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 12, 2020. Grant and his friend Staff Sgt. Joseph Kellogg were riding dirt bikes when they encountered an unconscious boy after he crashed on his ATV. They provided first aid and were able to contact emergency responders to get the child evacuated. (U.S. Army photograph by Staff Sgt. Alex Skripnichuk)
Nov. 13, 2020 - Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska – Two paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, “Spartan Brigade,” received the U.S. Army’s Safety Guardian Award here November 12, 2020. Staff Sgt. Joseph Kellogg and Sgt. Cody Grant provided life-saving actions to a 12-year-old victim of an All-Terrain Vehicle accident.

AFLCMC delivers Integrated Aircrew Ensemble to 90th Fighter Squadron
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jon “Dexter” Keranen, a F-22 pilot assigned to the 3rd Operations Support Squadron, is outfitted by air flight equipment technicians with a newly received state-of-the-art integrated aircrew ensemble (IAE) flight suit and gear at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 9, 2020. The brand-new, custom-fit gear mitigates adverse physiological effects on F-22 Raptor pilots by reducing the thermal burden while increasing mobility and comfort. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)
Nov. 12, 2020 - In an effort to improve pilot safety and comfort, the Agile Combat Support Directorate’s Human Systems Division is in the process of delivering the Integrated Aircrew Ensemble (IAE) to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

611th ACOMS wins DoD-level award
Nov. 12, 2020 - The 611th Air Communications Squadron’s six-member Mission Defense Team was recently recognized as the 2020 Department of Defense Chief Information Officer’s Digital Modernization Team of the Year award for their role in supporting the cyber defense mission within the Alaskan Joint Operations Area.
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Chief of Space Operations Discusses Need for Outreach to Partners, State of Space Force
Space Force Gen. John W.
Nov. 25, 2020 - The importance of space to the modern world cannot be underestimated, and the U.S. Space Force will be key to defending the ultimate "high ground," the chief of space operations for the new service said.

DOD Transition Outreach to Biden-Harris Team Begins
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Nov. 24, 2020 - The Defense Department is working to ensure the transition to the administration of President-elect Joe Biden is a smooth one, Pentagon officials said.

Artificial Intelligence Enablers Seek Out Problems to Solve
The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and the Defense Innovation Unit hope to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to help the Army reduce the amount of time it takes to correct financial errors.
Nov. 24, 2020 - The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center began in 2018 to accelerate DOD's adoption and integration of artificial intelligence. Now, the center is pursuing a more aggressive approach, the JAIC's new director said.

DOD Responds to Uptick in COVID-19 Infections
Pentagon officials brief the press on the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and DOD efforts to mitigate the disease's effects.
Nov. 24, 2020 - Commanders are taking steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus by adhering to these guidelines — wearing a mask, washing hands and maintaining a social distance of at least six feet.

COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Dry Runs Taking Place Across U.S., General Says
Letzibeth Mendez-Rivera, a lab manager with the Emerging Infectious Disease Branch at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, outside of Washington, D.C., studies coronavirus protein samples, June 1, 2020. The EIDB is part of WRAIR's effort to produce a COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
Nov. 24, 2020 - The chief operations officer for Operation Warp Speed discussed how the COVID-19 vaccines will be delivered and administered during a press briefing in Washington, D.C.

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