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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 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.

Airpower demo showcases mission readiness, total force integration
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors, E-3 Sentrys, C-17 Globemaster IIIs, C-130J Herculeses and C-12F Hurons participate in a close formation taxi known as an elephant walk at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 5, 2020. This event displayed the ability of the 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and the 477th Fighter Group to maintain constant readiness throughout COVID-19 by Total Force Integration between active-duty, Guard and Reserve units to continue defending the U.S. homeland and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.
May 7, 2020 - Airmen and aircraft from across Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson participated in a “Moose Walk” and integrated training event here and at the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, or JPARC, May 5.

JBER Fire Chief to be inducted into Military Firefighter Heritage Hall of Fame
JBER Fire Chief David Donan
May 6, 2020 - One of the highest honors a military firefighter can receive is induction into the Military Firefighter Heritage Hall of Fame. Only a few are inducted each year; this year, there are four, and one is JBER Fire Chief David Donan.

ALASKAN NORAD COMMAND REGION, ALASKAN COMMAND, AND ELEVENTH AIR FORCE COMMANDER PRESENTS PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Ms. Julie Kitka, president of the Alaska Federation of Natives shows the Commander’s Public Service Award given her by Lt. Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere, former commander of Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Alaskan Command, and Eleventh Air Force April 16, 2020, at Anchorage, Alaska. The award showcased Kitka’s dedication to the bridging of cultural differences and ceaseless efforts directly supporting the Department of Defense’s Arctic Strategy and National Security interests.
April 30, 2020 - Lt. Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere, former commander of Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Alaskan Command, and Eleventh Air Force presented Julie Kitka, president of the Alaska Federation of Natives, a significant award, here on April 16, 2020.

ALASKAN NORAD COMMAND REGION, ALASKAN COMMAND, AND ELEVENTH AIR FORCE WELCOMES NEW COMMANDER
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. David A. Krumm renders his first salute as lieutenant general to Air Force Gen. Terrence G. O’Shaughnessy, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern command, during his promotion ceremony April 20, 2020, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. O’Shaughnessy was the presiding officer for the ceremony, and attended the event via video teleconference. Krumm’s promotion places him as the senior military officer in Alaska, responsible for the integration of all military activities in the Alaskan joint operations area, synchronizing mission operations for more than 21,000 active-duty and reserve forces from all services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Caitlin Russell)
April 21, 2020 - Lt. Gen. David A. Krumm took the reins of Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Alaskan Command, and Eleventh Air Force during a change of command ceremony here, April 20, 2020.

Amid COVID-19, 673d MDSS Airmen innovate added layer of protection
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Shoemaker, 673d Medical Support Squadron biomedical equipment technician, attaches a rivet to a plastic polycarbonate enclosure at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 7, 2020. Shoemaker and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Taylor, 673d Medical Support Squadron medical logistics noncommissioned officer in charge of acquisitions, designed and built the reusable device to be a protective barrier between medical providers and a patient to prevent possible exposure to COVID-19 and other airborne diseases. The enclosure can be placed over a patient’s head and upper torso prior to intubation or similar treatments, with access to the patient via two holes at the head of the enclosure for a physician's hands and arms, and two side doors for additional access.
April 16, 2020 - Two 673d Medical Support Squadron (MDSS) Airmen refined their invention of a plastic barrier to protect medical providers treating patients with COVID-19, and airborne diseases in general, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 7, 2020.
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White House Report Recommends Multi-Pronged Approach to Counter China
The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the South China Sea at sunset, Feb. 25, 2019. The Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations to support security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
June 5, 2020 - The United States must have a similar strategy to China in order to combat their efforts to change the well-tested and beneficial international order, according to a White House report.

Space Development Agency Works Closely With Army, Its Biggest Customer
A soldier conducts a radio check with the tactical operations center during Exercise Saber Junction 2019 in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Sept. 22, 2019.
June 5, 2020 - The Army is one of the Space Development Agency's largest partners as it builds the national defense space architecture.

Experts Predict Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Warfare
Air Force Staff Sgt. Colton Becker, 9th Security Forces Squadron training flight, notifies Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Dustin Hall, 9th Reconnaissance Wing command chief, that he is cleared to fire while using the Smart Shooter sighting device during a demonstration at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 14, 2019. The 9th SFS Airmen have been using off-the-shelf commercial technology to help training and to improve how their missions are conducted.
June 5, 2020 - Army Lt. Gen. John N.T. ''Jack'' Shanahan, director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, says artificial intelligence will transform warfighting over the next two decades.

Service Members, Civilians Bound By DOD Rules During Election Campaigns
James Brady, 14th Force Support Squadron community readiness specialist and installation voting assistance officer, talks with Air Force Staff Sgt. Cory Henning, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron, during Armed Forces Voters Week in the base exchange on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., June 27, 2018. Though federal election years have a large effect on the voting community and activity, elections are happening across the country every year.
June 4, 2020 - Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper's latest ethics message lays out the importance of political activity rules that Defense Department civilian employees and service members must follow. 

DOD Announces New Locations for Additional 5G Testing, Experimentation
Soldiers practice entering and exiting a Stryker combat vehicle at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Wash., Sept. 19, 2016. Yakima is one of the locations where the Defense Department is evaluating 5G technology to enhance warfighter capability.
June 3, 2020 - The Defense Department is adding seven installations to the five that already are experimenting with 5G technology as a way of enhancing warfighter capability.

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