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- Any service member or dependent at JBER who thinks they might have COVID symptoms should call the 673d MDG COVID-19 hotline at 907-580-2778, option 1.
- 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 welcomes new base commander
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. David Krumm, commander, Alaskan Command, Eleventh Air Force, North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, North American Aerospace Defense Command, speaks during the 673d Air Base Wing change of command ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 14, 2020. The 673d ABW is composed of a command section, the 673d Comptroller Squadron, and four groups; the 673d Mission Support Group, the 673d Medical Group, 673d Civil Engineer Group, and the 673d Logistics Readiness Group. These are the primary organizations responsible for providing installation management functions to ensure JBER remains America's premier strategic power projection platform. The wing supports and enables three AF total-force wings, one Army brigade and 55 tenant units. The change of command ceremony was adapted to comply with COVID-19 health and safety measures.
July 14, 2020 - U.S. Air Force Col. Kirsten Aguilar took command of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and the 673d Air Base Wing during a ceremony here, July 14, 2020.

July 9, 2020 - Friendly reminder from Security Forces: Per JBERI 31-107, when transporting a privately owned weapon on JBER, you must secure your unloaded weapon in a case, separately from ammunition, and as far as possible from the driver/passengers. Don't forget your weapons card! If stopped by Security Forces personnel, you must immediately tell them you have a firearm in your vehicle.

3rd Wing logs 168 sorties in 4 days
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Graham, 3rd Wing crew chief, marshalls an F-22 Raptor on the flight line at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska May 5, 2020. The 90th Fighter Squadron and 90th Aircraft Maintenance Unit recently launched 168 sorties in four days, highlighting their rapid mobility capabilities and response readiness during COVID-19 and the ability to generate combat airpower at a moment’s notice to ensure regional stability throughout the North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Westin Warburton)
July 9, 2020 - Recently, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s 90th Fighter Squadron and 90th Aircraft Maintenance Unit logged a whopping 168 sorties in just four days.

Coronavirus tests ALS adaptability
June 18, 2020 - Airmen Leadership School is key for Airmen to be successful front line supervisors and leaders; an important aspect considered with the recent pandemic COVID-19 affecting the lives of Airmen across the globe.

Senate confirms Brown to be 22nd Air Force chief of staff on unanimous vote
The U.S. Senate confirmed Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., June 9, to be the 22nd Air Force chief of staff, clearing the way for the decorated pilot and experienced commander to become the first African American in history to lead a branch of the U.S. military as its highest-ranking officer. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)
June 9, 2020 - The U.S. Senate confirmed Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., June 9, to be the 22nd Air Force chief of staff, clearing the way for the decorated pilot and experienced commander to become the first African American in history to lead a branch of the U.S. military as its highest-ranking officer.

JBER members net AF-level maintenance, logistics awards
Senior Airman, a 3rd Munitions Squadron armament team member performs munitions maintenance.
May 14, 2020 - Two Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson personnel were recently honored for their accomplishments at the Air Force level.

Airfield management propels JBER flight ops amid pandemic
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Leandra Ventura-Perez, 3rd Operations Support Squadron Airfield Management operations coordinator, communicates with an aircrew while wearing a protective facemask at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 23, 2020. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the 3rd OSS Airfield Management team has been adopting a “new normal” mentality as they operate in Health Protection Condition (HPCON) CHARLIE and incorporate protective measures to ensure the execution of JBER’s essential flying missions.
May 13, 2020 - The deafening roar of an F-22 Raptor or dozens of paratroopers dotting the skyline behind a C-17 Globemaster III portray fearsome capabilities of airpower, but this airpower simply cannot be projected without support.
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Top DOD Officials to Hold Virtual Town Hall Meeting
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July 16, 2020 - Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper; Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman Ramón "CZ" Colón-López will hold a virtual global town hall meeting at the Pentagon to answer questions from service members, Defense Department civilians and family members about topics including diversity and inclusion in DOD, COVID-19, developments in the South China Sea and more July 17, 2020, at 1 p.m. EDT.

DISA Boosts Telework Connections in Response to Pandemic
A Defense Department employee teleworks, April 1, 2020.
July 15, 2020 - The pandemic has not stopped Defense Information Systems Agency from carrying out its mission or doing additional work to keep the rest of the department working, the agency's director said.

General Praises U.K.'s Partnership With U.S. in Space Operations
A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England,, conducts aerial operations with F-15 aircraft assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, England, in support of exercise Point Blank 20-02 over the North Sea, May 12, 2020.
July 15, 2020 - The United States doesn't go to war alone — not on land, on the sea, in the air, in cyberspace, and most certainly not in the space domain, the Space Force's top officer said.

Esper Thanks Diversity, Inclusion Board for Tackling Tough Subjects
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper observes recruits conducting hose team training at the Navy’s Great Lakes training base in Illinois, June 17, 2020.
July 15, 2020 - At its first meeting, the Defense Department's Board on Diversity and Inclusion pledged to rid the department of systemic discrimination.

COVID-19 Sharpened Focus on Trans-Atlantic Security Gaps
NATO allies and partner nation ships -- LNS Skalvis from Lithuania, FGS Donau from Germany and FFNS PurunPAA from Finland -- line up in the Baltic Sea during exercise BALTOPS 2020, June 15, 2020.
July 13, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a range of security issues that previously hadn't made it into NATO's discussion, a senior Defense Department official said.

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