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The Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Installation Commander has declared a Public Health Emergency, and directed Health Protection Condition (HPCON) to CHARLIE effective immediately and for the foreseeable future. HPCON CHARLIE is defined as an elevated risk of sustained community transmission.

The installation's top priority is preservation of force and mission while we work to protect the health, safety and welfare of our community. In order to achieve this, the Installation Commander has directed:

- Mission-Essential Personnel Reporting Only--contact your unit chain of command to determine your status and work requirements
- Stop Movement on the Installation--limited to mission essential travel only*
- 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
- CDCs will remain open for currently enrolled children but limited to on-duty mission essential members that are mil to mil, single military and CDC employees. Currently enrolled children with extenuating circumstance need to contact their CDC Director.

*Mission essential travel means remaining at home except to leave for work in critical jobs as prescribed by unit chains of command; to buy groceries or other important goods; to receive or provide health care; to drop off or pick up children from care; and to get fresh air while observing 6-foot social distancing between non-family members. Individuals are also encouraged to practice recommended personal and environmental hygiene, including regular hand washing.

The Installation Commander and 673d Medical Group Commander hosted a Facebook live virtual town hall to provide updates on the situation, and field questions from the community. You can find the townhall on Facebook here: 

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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.

Intel Airman’s quick action saves a contractor’s life
Air Force Senior Airman Alaina Armentrout poses for the camera with Denali in the background, January 30, 2020 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Armentrout is assigned to the 381st Intelligence Squadron as a cryptologic language analyst.
Feb. 28, 2020 - Despite an unprecedentedly hot summer and the plume of wildfire smoke that engulfed Anchorage, Alaska, it was a typical work-day for Senior Airman Alaina Armentrout. As a Cryptologic Language Analyst for the 381st Intelligence Squadron, she was helping the Alaska Learning Center prepare lesson materials.

Support in the eye of the storm
Feb. 24, 2020 - Seth knew something was wrong when a pain in his stomach wouldn’t go away, said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Taona Enriquez, 673d Contracting Squadron commander. At first Seth Stambaugh, a technical sergeant and 673d Mission Support Group executive assistant, said he thought it was from a stomach bug he picked up on temporary duty in Indonesia; then he thought it might be kidney stones. He sought emergency medical care several times because he knew something was wrong but couldn’t pinpoint a diagnosis.

Airstrikes to bird strikes: historic island tackles new battle
A seabird egg rests on Wilkes Island, Wake Atoll, Jan. 31, 2020. Large colonies of seabirds nest on Wilkes Island, which lies under the runway approach for the atoll. Due to this factor, bird aircraft strike hazard specialists have undertaken a project to encourage the birds to move to Peale Island, which is on the far end of the atoll. This is part of the atoll's vital, multi-tiered bird aircraft strike hazard program which supports mission readiness and success.
Feb. 19, 2020 - Heavily bombarded during a bloody two-week battle in World War II and the subsequent 44-month occupation by the Japanese before being handed over to U.S. forces on Sept. 4, 1945, Wake Atoll has attested to the resiliency of U.S. military members and civilians.

SFL-TAP programs provide Soldiers tools for success
Feb. 10, 2020 - Transitioning from a military career to civilian life can be a challenging and stressful occurrence – the Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) is here to help mitigate those concerns by providing Soldiers with the necessary tools to thrive on the outside.
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USNS Mercy Arrives in Los Angeles to Aid COVID-19 Response
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy arrives in Los Angeles, March 27, 2020. It deployed from San Diego in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.
March 27, 2020 - The USNS Mercy's presence in Los Angeles will allow local hospitals to concentrate on COVID-19 care while the hospital ship's medical crew handles cases that are not related to the disease.

Army Corps of Engineers Creates Alternative Care Facilities
Engineers and contracting specialists from the Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District meet with federal, state and local partners in Santa Clara, Calif., to assess a potential site for an alternate care facility, March 23, 2020. with federal, state and local partners, March 23, 2020. The Federal Emergency Management Agency gave the Corps of Engineers a mission assignment for planning and site assessments of alternate care facilities in response to the COVID-19 virus.
March 27, 2020 - The Army Corps of Engineers will be transforming buildings into hospitals in the next two to three weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the commander of the Corps said.

Launch of Space Force Largely Unaffected by Coronavirus, Top Space Officer Says
An Atlas V rocket launches at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., to take an AEHF-6 satellite into orbit, March 26, 2020. The sophisticated communications relay satellite is the first Defense Department payload launched for the Space Force.
March 27, 2020 - The Space Force launched in late December and, as it approaches its 100th day, its forward momentum is unabated by the coronavirus pandemic, the chief of space operations said.

European Command Works With Allies, Partners in Fight Against COVID-19
Air Force Airman 1st Class Melinda J. Roth, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron cargo deployment function technician, helps to load pallets of medical supplies onto a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 20, 2020. Airmen from the 86th Medical Group, 86th LRS and 721st Aerial Port Squadron coordinated efforts to expedite the transport of medical supplies to Aviano Air Base, Italy.
March 27, 2020 - Military and civilian personnel of U.S. European Command are working with allies and partners in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.

Joint Team Ensures Hypersonic Test Success
A common hypersonic glide body launches from Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, during a Defense Department flight experiment, March 19, 2020. The Navy and the Army jointly executed the launch of the C-HGB, which flew at hypersonic speed to a designated point of impact. The Missile Defense Agency monitored and gathered tracking data from the experimental flight that will inform its ongoing development of systems designed to defend against adversaries’ hypersonic weapons.
March 27, 2020 - A flight test of the joint Army-Navy hypersonic glide vehicle across the Pacific Ocean was a success, thanks to a dedicated team who managed complexity and change, officials said.

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