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COVID-19 Updates and What the U.S. Government is doing about it.


The Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Installation Commander has declared a Public Health Emergency, and directed Health Protection Condition (HPCON) to CHARLIE effective immediately and for the foreseeable future. HPCON CHARLIE is defined as an elevated risk of sustained community transmission.

The installation's top priority is preservation of force and mission while we work to protect the health, safety and welfare of our community. In order to achieve this, the Installation Commander has directed:

- Mission-Essential Personnel Reporting Only--contact your unit chain of command to determine your status and work requirements
- Stop Movement on the Installation--limited to mission essential travel only*
- Suspension of Trusted Travel Program; Closure of Government Hill Gate, and Post Road Gate closed to private auto traffic; Arctic Valley Gate closed on weekends; Richardson VCC closed--expect potential curtailments and closures
- 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
- CDCs will remain open for currently enrolled children but limited to on-duty mission essential members that are mil to mil, single military and CDC employees. Currently enrolled children with extenuating circumstance need to contact their CDC Director.

*Mission essential travel means remaining at home except to leave for work in critical jobs as prescribed by unit chains of command; to buy groceries or other important goods; to receive or provide health care; to drop off or pick up children from care; and to get fresh air while observing 6-foot social distancing between non-family members. Individuals are also encouraged to practice recommended personal and environmental hygiene, including regular hand washing.

The Installation Commander and 673d Medical Group Commander hosted a Facebook live virtual town hall to provide updates on the situation, and field questions from the community. You can find the townhall on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/JBERAK/videos/235719767571347/ 

JBER announced as finalist for the Air Force’s 2020 Commander-in-Chief’s Installation Excellence Award

By PA Team | 673d ABW/PA | Jan. 9, 2020


Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska is a finalist for the Air Force’s 2020 Commander-in-Chief’s Installation Excellence Award. JBER and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, are the finalists competing for the winning spot out of the 183 United States Air Force installations worldwide.

Former President Ronald Reagan instituted the CINC IEA in 1985. The presidential award recognizes innovation and superior operation of military installations that have best used their resources to support the mission.

JBER was awarded the nomination following a successful year of executing agile combat support and homeland defense missions around the globe while tackling several large-scale events, to include a magnitude 7.1 earthquake and Northern Edge ‘19, PACAF’s largest Arctic security exercise.

“This was a stellar year for Team JBER,” said Col. Patricia Csànk, Joint Base and 673d Air Base Wing commander. “I am proud to serve with such an incredible, innovative team, which absolutely includes our extraordinary mission partners.  Collectively our joint force team, families, and community partners drove the execution of significant operations and historic milestones for JBER. Mission excellence is why JBER is the Pacific’s keystone weapon system.”

Team JBER service members also led the way with innovative programs and partnerships to include audacious experiments in cyber defense, the Air Force’s first Tactical Combat Casualty Care training program, research and development of a cutting-edge logistics app for deployment processing, wildland firefighting partnerships, an Air Force Hennessy Award finalist food services program, and an Air Force Spark Tank finalist aircraft de-fueling hose. Through creative approaches, JBER saved taxpayers more than $5,088,000 this past year alone.

The CINC Installation Excellence selection board is visiting JBER January 12th through the 15th to inspect several JBER units, programs and initiatives. Quality-of-life improvements, green initiatives, and innovation programs within the installation are the focus areas under assessment. A winner will be announced after the inspection of both finalists.

As a finalist, JBER will receive a $750,000 prize to put towards quality-of-life improvements across the installation. The Installation Excellence Award winner will receive an overall $1.25 million. Arctic Tough, Family Strong!