U.S. Air Force update for COVID-19 13 May

In an effort to minimize the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 and to prioritize the health and safety of Department of the Air Force personnel, the following modifications have been made:

May 12, 2020

Air University has added to its investment of a multilayered preventative health strategy at Officer Training School to allow it to safely continue its mission of producing Air Force officers while in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more about this effort here: https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2183153/air-university-invests-in-technology-to-mitigate-airborne-pathogens-at-ots/

Southern Nevadan Airmen and Soldiers have teamed up in Las Vegas, to battle COVID-19 at two separate Community Based Collection Sites (CBCS). With multiple missions across the Silver State, roughly 653 Guardsmen are on three southern task forces and roughly 431 have joined the fight in northern Nevada. These men and women have turned in their weapons and armor for masks and scrubs in the largest state activation in Nevada Army National Guard history.

Read more about this effort here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/369754/task-force-med-spearheads-fight-against-covid-19-las-vegas

A small team of Kentucky Air Guard medical professionals are augmenting a civilian nursing home in Covington. The 5-person team, composed of four medics and a registered nurse, had been working at the Alternate Care Facility, located in Louisville, and volunteered to help at the Rosedale Green Nursing Caution-Home.

Read more about their efforts here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/369737/kentucky-air-guardsman-provide-medical-support-nursing-home-northern-kentucky

Since mobilizing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 6, the New York National Guard has assisted in conducting 225,825 COVID-19 tests, made 634,030 COVID-19 test kits and delivered 7.3 million meals to New York residents. As of May 10, the New York National Guard had 3,551 personnel on duty responding to the COVID-19 mission. This included 2,938 New York Army National Guard Soldiers and 451 New York Air National Guard Airmen.

Read more about their efforts here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/369725/ny-national-guard-continues-missions-with-3500-troops-duty

Texas National Guard Airmen and Soldiers conduct COVID-19 testing in Borger, Texas, as part of a Mobile Testing Team. The Mobile Testing Teams have been dispatched across the state of Texas on the order of Governor Greg Abbott in order to ensure that Texans in every corner of the state have access to free COVID-19 testing in order to curb the spread of the virus.

See photos of their efforts here: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6205164/borger-texas-mobile-testing-team

Airmen and Soldiers from Delaware National Guard’s Joint Task Force arrived at the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services facility in Dover, Del., to receive specialized training dealing with COVID-19 mapping and data gathering. The Guardsmen, who were placed on State Active Duty prior to this state mission, plan on reaching out to local Delaware residents who tested COVID positive and “mapping” their in-person contacts while potentially infected.

See photos of their efforts here: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6205615/delaware-national-guard-contact-tracers-battle-covid-19-first-state

See video of their efforts here:

While the 104th Fighter Wing continues to support the COVID-19 response mission, Airmen behind-the-scenes are working hard to take care of their peers and ensure the mission continues to run smoothly. Airman Jack Proulx is a financial management technician in the comptroller flight at the 104th Fighter Wing. He works part-time in the comptroller office while going to school full-time.

Read more about his story here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/369723/104th-fighter-wing-airmen-behind-scenes-supporting-mission

Air Force units have recently conducted America Salutes flyovers in their local areas honoring COVID-19 responders and essential workers. Below are links to imagery from the units that have conducted flyovers:

The Texas Air National Guard’s 149th Fighter Wing, The “Gunfighters”, performed an F-16 flyover above Lubbock, Texas on the morning of May 11, 2020. The flyover was performed to support local hospitals, health care providers, and caregivers as they fight on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Video B-Roll:

Photos: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6205126/operation-american-resolve-flyover-above-lubbock-texas

Beale AFB T-38s honor healthcare workers, first responders with flyover

Story: https://www.amc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2184068/beale-afb-t-38s-honor-healthcare-workers-first-responders-with-flyover/

Essential missions throughout the Air Force still continue even during this pandemic. Below are some links to stories on how these units have adapted to make sure they can continue to execute these missions despite COVID-19.

B-1 integrates with allies and partners during Bomber Task Force mission – https://www.dvidshub.net/news/369701/b-1-integrates-with-allies-and-partners-during-bomber-task-force-mission

Environmental Assessment gives Tyndall green light to rebuild into ‘Installation of the Future’ – https://www.acc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2184029/environmental-assessment-gives-tyndall-green-light-to-rebuild-into-installation/

Malmstrom Defenders recognize National Police Week – https://www.malmstrom.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2183332/malmstrom-defenders-recognize-national-police-week/

The Triple Nickel Returns Home – https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6205722/triple-nickel-returns-home

Pathfinder postal teams maintain readiness during COVID-19 – https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6205785/pathfinder-postal-teams-maintain-readiness-during-covid-19

RAM flights secure fight against COVID-19 – https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6204849/ram-flights-secure-fight-against-covid-19

4/12 initiative culminates in 19th AW deployment – https://www.amc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2184045/412-initiative-culminates-in-19th-aw-deployment/

Wolf Pack pharmacy: the first line of defense – https://www.pacaf.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2183457/wolf-pack-pharmacy-the-first-line-of-defense/

311th Fighter Squadron graduates Class 19-DBH – https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2183874/311th-fighter-squadron-graduates-class-19-dbh/

SUPT Classes 20-12, 20-13 at Laughlin set to graduate – https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2183865/supt-classes-20-12-20-13-at-laughlin-set-to-graduate/

Virtually There: Barnes Center graduates first virtual class – https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2183845/virtually-there-barnes-center-graduates-first-virtual-class/

Air Force Totals of COVID-19 Positive Cases as of 9 p.m., May 11, 2020.

Military430 (+13)9 (+1)209 (+16)0
Civilian* 2079103 (+3)0
Dependents265 (+9)7 (+1)104 (+6)0
Contractors89 (+1)5321

May 11,2020

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over San Antonio and Austin May 13.

Read the announcement here: https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2182767/usaf-thunderbirds-to-salute-texas-covid-19-responders-may-13/

The 96th Medical Group obtained the ability to test for COVID-19 at their laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida in early April. The lab’s technicians received and brought the novel coronavirus test kits ‘on-line’ April 10 to begin (in-house) testing for area DOD beneficiaries. With this capability, Eglin’s lab technicians cut the two-day processing time in half.

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