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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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Biden, Harris Sworn In as America's New Leaders
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Vice President Kamala Harris participate in a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, Jan. 20, 2021. Biden and Harris visited the cemetery after Biden was sworn-in as president and Harris was sworn in as vice president.
Jan. 20, 2021 - Unity of the American people will lead to a path forward as the country starts afresh, said President Joe Biden, who was inaugurated as the country's 46th president along with Vice President Kamala Harris.

DOD Succession Plan Remains in Effect Until Senate Confirms Biden Nominees
Acting Defense Secretary David L. Norquist walks down the hall from his old office to the office he'll occupy while serving as acting secretary. Norquist will serve in the position until the Biden administration's nominee is confirmed.
Jan. 20, 2021 - Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Norquist has been sworn in as the acting defense secretary and will serve in the position until the Senate confirms the Biden administration's nominee for the position.

Secretary Nominee Says Defense Resources Must Match Strategy
Defense Secretary nominee Lloyd J. Austin III responds to a question during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C. Jan. 19, 2021.
Jan. 19, 2021 - Lloyd J. Austin III, President-elect Joe Biden's choice to be defense secretary, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Defense Department resources and strategy must match.

12 Guardsmen Relieved of Duty for Inauguration, Officials Say
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Jan. 19, 2021 - Ahead of the presidential inauguration, law enforcement officials have identified and removed 12 people in the Guard's ranks because of security precautions, officials told Pentagon reporters.

Despite COVID-19 Restrictions, Service Members Play Important Role in Inauguration
Ceremonial marchers participate in an 59th presidential inauguration rehearsal for President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2021. Military members from across all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Reserve and National Guard components, provide ceremonial support and defense support of civil authorities around the inauguration.
Jan. 19, 2021 - While the COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed much of the military-influenced pomp and circumstance that typically surrounds a presidential inauguration, service members will still play an important role during the event, said the commander of Joint Task Force — National Capital Region.

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