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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
 *** Latest JBER COVID updates can be found here: https://www.jber.jb.mil/Coronavirus/ ***

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3rd Wing Airmen continue to set new records
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, flies in formation over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, July 18, 2019. The JPARC is a 67,000 plus square mile area, providing a realistic training environment commanders leverage for full spectrum engagements, ranging from individual skills to complex, large-scale joint engagements.
July 30, 2020 - Despite the challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 3rd Wing set a new flying record in June, accomplishing 810 sorties. It is by far the highest number to date since the arrival of the F-22 Raptors here at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Innovation backing weaves WIDOW into reality
WIDOW, which stands for Web-Based Information Dominant Warfare, is an online mission planning cell tool that digitizes the mission planning process, synchronizes real-time inputs from every user, creates mission products with one-click functionality, and streamlines administrative processes.
July 28, 2020 - In May 2019, U.S. Air Force Maj. Brad Short, then-3rd Wing chief of weapons and tactics, was conducting mission planning the same way it has been done since the 1940s: on a chalkboard, whiteboard or mapboard. He decided it was time to bring the process into the 21st century — to digitize and automate the process.

3rd Wing holds change of command ceremony
U.S. Air Force Col. Travolis Simmons, his wife Jamese, and daughters Victoria and Elizabeth, pose for a photo in front of a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor that was unveiled with his name as he assumed command of the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 17, 2020. The 3rd WG provides trained and equipped tactical air dominance forces, command and control platforms, and strategic and tactical airlift resources for contingency operations and also provides immediate early airborne detection, warning, surveillance and interception of hostile forces within the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. The ceremony was adapted to comply with COVID-19 health and safety measures.
July 17, 2020 - U.S. Air Force Col. Travolis A. Simmons took command of the 3rd Wing during a change of command ceremony here, July 17, 2020.

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.

ATTENTION FIREARM OWNERS
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.
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For 2020 Election, Threat is Bigger Than Russia
Personnel with the 175th Cyberspace Operations Group conduct cyber operations at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Middle River, Md., June 3, 2017.
Aug. 8, 2020 - As November approaches and a new general election is on the minds of most Americans, preserving the security of that election is on the minds of cyber experts at U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency.

DOD Innovation Speed Must Increase to Modernize
A U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk flies over Fort McCoy, Wisc., during Combat Support Training Exercise 86-19-04, Aug. 19, 2019. CSTX 86-19-04 is a Combat Support Training Exercise that ensures America’s Army Reserve units and soldiers are trained and ready to deploy and bring capable, combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere in the world.
Aug. 7, 2020 - The Defense Department must be more innovative and act faster in its pursuit of putting new technology in warfighters' hands, the director of Defense Innovation Unit said.

Leaders Praise Outgoing Air Force Chief of Staff, Welcome Successor
Air Force Secretary Barbara M. Barrett, left, participates in a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., in which Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. succeeded Gen. David L. Goldfein as the Air Force chief of staff and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Aug. 6, 2020.
Aug. 6, 2020 - Defense Department officials applauded retiring Gen. David L. Goldfein's 37 years of service and welcomed Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., who succeeds Goldfein as the Air Force chief of staff and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

After Explosion, U.S. Military Planes Deliver Aid to Beirut
Personnel at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, prepare relief supplies for shipment to Beirut, Aug. 6, 2020. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, spoke with the commander of the Lebanese armed forces to inform him that three C-17 aircraft will bring relief supplies to Lebanon following an Aug. 4 explosion there.
Aug. 6, 2020 - The United States is sending humanitarian aid, including food, water and medical supplies, to Beirut to provide much-needed assistance in the aftermath of a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital, the chief Pentagon spokesman said.

CIO Says Top-Level Leadership Helped DOD Navigate COVID Crisis
Development of cloud computing for the Defense Department is one effort by the department’s chief information officer to further efforts spelled out in the National Defense Strategy.
Aug. 6, 2020 - Clear leadership from the top early on helped the Defense Department navigate COVID-19 challenges, DOD's chief information officer said.

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