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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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Remembering fallen Yukla 27 crew
Surviving family members, distinguished guests and members of 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron attend the Yukla 27 25th anniversary memorial ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 22, 2020. Yukla 27, a U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft assigned to the 962nd AACS, encountered a flock of geese Sept. 22, 1995, and crashed shortly after takeoff on a routine surveillance training sortie, killing all 24 Canadian and U.S. Airmen aboard.
Sept. 23, 2020 - Surviving family members, distinguished guests and members of the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron gathered for a solemn memorial ceremony Sept. 22, 2020, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, to honor the 24 Canadian and U.S. Airmen lost in one of the deadliest aircraft accidents in U.S. Air Force history.

NWTC courses teach the ropes of military mountaineering
An Advanced Military Mountaineering Course instructor records a squad's performance at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season.
Sept. 21, 2020 - Countries worldwide have been affected by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, with many large gatherings and events scrapped by the twin requirements of social distancing and protective equipment wear combined with the difficulty of near-constant sanitization. The military has not been able to avoid the pandemic’s reach, but with extra planning and effort, U.S. Army Alaska’s Northern Warfare Training Center managed full student loads for both the Basic and Advanced Military Mountaineering courses at their Black Rapids Training Site in August.

9th Army Band plays on
Army Sgt. Johndavid Untalan, a native of Dededo, Guam, and bassist assigned to the 9th Army Band, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, U.S. Army Alaska, rehearses in an open room at his unit headquarters on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 17, 2020. The 9th Army Band Soldiers have been involved since 2017 in a partnership with the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital’s Traumatic Brain Injury clinic, and have adapted this program to COVID-19 restrictions with virtual technology. Creative Forces is a music-therapy program helping service members and dependents recover and rehabilitate using the power of music.
Sept. 18, 2020 - Most years, Anchorage has live music in parks throughout the summer. Most years, there are all kinds of concerts, large and small, throughout the community. Most years, the 9th Army Band is part of it all – playing during Memorial Day ceremonies at the Delaney Park Strip, marking the solstice and 4th of July celebrations, or just providing a little lunchtime music for people in downtown Anchorage. This, of course, isn’t most years.

Racing engines: 3rd Wing first to meet standards
A Pratt and Whitney F119 Jet Engine goes through an operational test to ensure the engine meets all test parameters and can safely be installed in an F-22 aircraft at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 10, 2020. The F-22 Raptors fleet at JBER recently went through a Time Compliance Technical Order replacing older blades in the low-pressure turbines with a newer design.
Sept. 17, 2020 - The 3rd Maintenance Squadron recently finished a Time Compliance Technical Order to replace all low-pressure turbine blades on all F-22 Raptors in the JBER fleet, and they are the first base to do so.

673d AMDS hosts commander immersion tour
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kassidy Reyna, a 673d Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering journeyman, briefs U.S. Air Force Col. Kirsten Aguilar, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and 673d Air Base Wing commander, on the process of testing water quality readings during a 673d AMDS immersion tour at JBER, Alaska, Sept. 8, 2020. Aguilar familiarized herself with the 673d AMDS and its role in supporting readiness after taking command of the installation July 14, 2020. The 673d AMDS maintains preventive medicine for the installation as well as flight readiness for the flying squadrons.
Sept. 17, 2020 - U.S. Air Force Col. Kirsten Aguilar, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and 673d Air Base Wing commander, participated in the 673d Aerospace Medicine Squadron immersion tour at JBER, Alaska, Sept. 8, 2020.

JBER's 773d CES hosts commander immersion
U.S. Air Force Col. Kirsten Aguilar, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and 673d Air Base Wing commander, participates in a 773d Civil Engineer Squadron immersion tour at JBER, Alaska, Sept. 1, 2020. Aguilar familiarized herself with the 773d CES and its role in supporting installation readiness after taking command of the installation on July 14, 2020. The 773d CES maintains structures throughout the base as well as runs the installation’s emergency management program.
Sept. 11, 2020 - U.S. Air Force Col. Kirsten Aguilar, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and 673d Air Base Wing commander, participated in a 773d Civil Engineer Squadron immersion tour at JBER, Alaska, Sept. 1, 2020.

JBER training area priorities: Readiness and Recreation
This signage will be placed at each official entry control point around the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson training areas.
Sept. 3, 2020 - JBER encompasses 79,000 acres, many of which are used as training areas. These areas are in high demand which require a delicate balance between ensuring military readiness and providing ample opportunities for recreation.
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Defense Security Cooperation University Hits One-Year Milestone With Great Success
As part of a security cooperation effort in Sri Lanka, a U.S. Marine talks with a Sri Lankan counterpart, Aug. 26, 2018.
Sept. 25, 2020 - The Defense Security Cooperation University is well on its way to meeting the goals it set when it first opened its doors in September 2019, its president said.

Southcom Donates Field Hospital to Jamaica in Support of COVID-19 Response
Ramp service technicians, who work for the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica, unload a mobile field hospital from a C-17 Globemaster III at the airport in Kingston, Sept. 19, 2020. Aircrew, assigned to the 15th Airlift Squadron, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., transported the hospital from Charleston to Kingston, where it will be donated to health care providers and used to support the Caribbean nation’s ongoing COVID-19 response. The donation, made on behalf of the American people, cost $753,000 and was purchased as a part of U.S. Southern Command’s ongoing assistance to nations responding to the global pandemic in the Caribbean and Latin America and funded by the command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program. The command has also delivered mobile field hospitals to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. In total, HAP will donate 24 field hospitals to 11 countries.
Sept. 25, 2020 - U.S. Southern Command has provided ongoing assistance to nations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top Leaders Discuss Diversity, Inclusion With Military Members, Families
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, center, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, left, and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman Ramón
Sept. 24, 2020 - The Defense Department is already reporting progress in its initiative, launched in June, to take action against discrimination, prejudice and bias.

Top DOD Officials Hold Virtual Town Hall Meeting
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Sept. 24, 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 hosted a virtual global town hall meeting at the Pentagon to provide service members, their families and DOD civilians an opportunity to ask questions on the department’s COVID-19 response and diversity and inclusion.

U.S. Works With Allies, Partners to Minimize Civilian Casualties
A U.S. Air Force officer shakes hands with a soldier from an allied nation. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency works with State Department officials to promote civilian protection in both foreign military sales and security cooperation. These efforts include expanding training for U.S. allies and partner nations as well as providing additional advisory support with a specific emphasis on mitigation of civilian harm.
Sept. 23, 2020 - The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has expanded its efforts to include promotion of civilian protection in both foreign military sales and security cooperation, a Defense Department official said.

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