DOD COVID-19 INFORMATION

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BARKSDALE COVID-19 UPDATES

The Health Protection Condition level for Barksdale AFB has been raised to level BRAVO PLUS from Condition Bravo in response to the spread of COVID-19.

There have been no reported cases of the disease on Barksdale. This action aligns the HPCON with existing precautionary measures and education of base personnel in preventing widespread outbreak.

What you need to know about COVID-19 while at Barksdale  

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  • Click here to view the 2BW commander's declaration of public health emergency memo.

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DoD Directs Stop Movement in response to COVID-19

By Staff Sgt. Sahara L. Fales, Air Force’s Personnel Center Public Affairs / Published March 13, 2020

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -

Background:

The Department of Defense issued a stop movement of all personnel to, from or through locations designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as Level 3 COVID-19 areas effective March 13 and for the next 60 days.

Following Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper’s announcement of new travel restrictions, the Air Force began implementing and complying with this guidance.

The stop movement applies to all forms of official travel, such as permanent change of station, temporary duty and government-funded leave for uniformed and civilian personnel and includes personal leave and other non-official travel for uniformed personnel. Level 3 locations currently include most of Europe, South Korea, China and Iran. However these are subject to change as determined by the CDC. CDC travel information can be found here.

PCS guidance to or from Level 3 countries:

  • Airmen currently assigned to a continental U.S. (CONUS) base with a projected PCS to one of the Level 3 countries and Airmen who have out-processed, but not departed the local area for one of the Level 3 countries will remain in place until stop movement is terminated.
  • Airmen currently assigned to an overseas base in a Level 3 country with a projected PCS and March 2020 Date Estimated Return from Overseas who have not departed, will remain in place until stop movement is terminated.
  • Airmen who are PCSing to or from an installation in a Level 3 country and have departed their last duty installation and are enroute to their gaining base must contact their losing chain of command and Military Personnel Flight/Force Support Squadron by whatever means available. Airmen will not proceed until after receiving further guidance from the Air Force’s Personnel Center coordinated through the respective MPF.
  • If Airmen in a Level 3 country have an approved separation or retirement in the next 60 days, they are exempt from stop movement. However, those Airmen must comply with transit and screening guidance described in the “Department of Defense Guidance for Personnel Traveling During the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak” memo dated March 11, 2020. That guidance is available here.

TDY or Leave to or from Level 3 countries:

  • Airmen with projected TDY to a stop-movement location will not proceed on TDY. Airmen enroute or currently at a TDY location impacted by stop movement will remain in-place until further guidance or stop movement is terminated. Airmen currently on leave in an area impacted by stop movement will remain in-place until they receive further guidance from their chain of command and MPF. Upon returning to home station, the Airman’s leave dates and duty status code will be adjusted accordingly to ensure Airmen are not inappropriately charged additional leave.

Report no later than date (RNLTD) and date of estimated return overseas extensions (DEROS):

  • Airmen impacted by this guidance with a projected PCS from a country designated as a Level 3 location will have their DEROS extended 60 days.
  • Airmen impacted by this guidance requiring a RNLTD extension will be worked on a case by case basis.

Questions:

For the latest information about PCS entitlements (March 19) click here

More personnel travel guidance along with FAQ will be released as they become available. For further questions please contact your chain of command or local Military Personnel Flight. In addition, the Total Force Service Center can be reached at (800) 525-0102. A TFSC technician is available 24/7 to take your call.

GATE ENTRY

West Gate will return to 24/7 operations for official business only.

North Gate will return to normal hours of Monday through Saturday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. for official business only.

Official Business is classified as:
- Pharmacy
- Appointments at Mission Support Center
- Appointments at Medical Clinic
- Military Personnel Flight
- Residents of Barksdale
- Official Work

If you do not meet those requirements, you will be turned around. Thank you for your patience as we continue to try to find the best way to protect our Airmen and their families.

To reduce contact between individuals entering Barksdale, the following gate procedures must be followed for base entry. When approaching the gate, hold onto your ID card with the back barcode visible to the Security Forces member. The Defender will scan your card and allow you to enter the installation.

Your safety is extremely important and this process will minimize the spread of germs between individuals while still enabling the Defender to maintain a non-diminished security posture. If your government issued ID card does not have a barcode, ensure the entire face of the card is visible to the Defender to include the photo on the ID and expiration date.

In short, follow all directions provided by the Defender. For additional information, refer to the AF Connect app for the 2nd Bomb Wing.

FAQ's

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  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    COVID-19 Installation Policy Guidance - Change

    Public safety continues to be of the utmost importance at Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB). The declaration of a Public Health Emergency for BAFB remains in place. The Governor of Louisiana has issued a Stay at Home Order that goes into effect 23 March 2020 at 5 p.m. It is important to note that personnel supporting the operation of military facilities are essential workers as broadly defined by Section 3.C of the Governor's order and can travel to and from work. In an effort to minimize health risks associated with COVID-19 and in line with my previous Policy Guidance dated March 17, 2020,

    The 2nd Bomb Wing commander has directed the following actions, which align with the Governor of Louisiana's Stay at Home Order and BAFB's Public Health Emergency Declaration:

    a. The Health Protection Condition increased to Charlie.

    b. Access to the installation is suspended effective 25 March 2020 at 1200 for the following groups: (1) Dependents living off base (Exception: Dependents with scheduled medical appointments, picking up required pharmacy medications, or dropping children off at the CDC will be granted access) (2) Retirees who do not live on the installation or who do not work on the installation supporting mission critical activities (Exception: Retirees with scheduled medical appointments or picking up required pharmacy medications will be granted access) (3) Veterans who do not live on the installation or work on the installation supporting mission critical activities (Exception: Veterans with scheduled medical appointments or picking up required pharmacy medications will be granted access) (4) On-Base restaurant and fast-food deliveries (Note: to receive these deliveries, meet the vendor at the Visitor Center parking lot outside the West Gate) (5) Honorary commanders, members of the Military Affairs Council, and installation guests

    C. Access to the installation will continue for the following groups: (1) Active duty military reporting for duty; (2) Reserve and Guard members reporting for duty; (3) Hunt Communities employees reporting for duties identified as supporting mission critical activities; (4) Base housing and dorm residents; (5) Civilians reporting for duties, as directed by their unit commander/director, who are supporting mission critical activities; (6)Contractors reporting for duties who are supporting mission critical activities as directed by the 2nd Bomb Wing; (7) Those who have current visitor's passes, approved by their unit commander or above and vetted by 2d Security Forces, until their expiration date; (8) Mail and deliveries through Commercial Gate; and (9) Members who require emergency access, and do not meet the criteria above, should report to the Welcome Center.

    D. Access to the Commissary and Base Exchange will be limited to the following groups effective 25 March 2020 at noon: (1) Active Duty, Reserve, and Guard personnel who work on the installation and(2) Authorized patrons living in base housing and dorm residents

    E. Commanders are encouraged to maximize teleworking and hold virtual meetings, slides-only meetings. VTCs, and telecoms to limit interpersonal contact.

    F. opportunity to "dine-in” is discontinued. Reference latest DoD Guidance for all PCS, TDY, deployments, and leave. All travel is subject to DoD Force Health Protection Guidance. A list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the Centers for Disease Control's website. If you or any member of your family begin to present symptoms, please DO NOT go to the 2nd MDG Clinic without first calling the appointment line 318-456-6555. If you have been in contact with anyone presenting symptoms, we are asking you to inform your Supervisor or Commander and contact the 2nd MDG Public Health to determine what procedures need to be implemented.

    For the most up-to-date information during this dynamic time, to include the status of activities and services on BAFB, as well as a copy of BAFB's Declaration of Public Health Emergency, please reference the 2nd Bomb Wing page, the BAFB Facebook page and the USAF Connect App. The intent of this updated policy is to stay in sync with our community partners and the Governor's Stay at Home Order while continuing to take care of our most important asset... our Airmen. We cannot continue to protect the citizens of our great nation without mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on our base and in our local community. Your commanders will continue to lead their units in a manner that maximizes public health and safety while minimizing mission impacts, fully intend to lift these restrictions as quickly as local conditions allow. and I fully intend to lift these restrictions as quickly as local conditions allow.

    To see a video message from the 2nd Bomb Wing vice commander and the 2nd Medical Group commander click here.

2ND MDG Q&A'S & INFORMATION

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  • 2ND MDG ADDITIONAL MEASURES

    In accordance with CDC guidelines, the 2 MDG is instituting additional measures to protect the health of our patients, staff and Barksdale community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    STAY AT HOME AND CALL THE APPOINTMENT LINE IF YOU HAVE:

    Cold or flu symptoms. Patients will be scheduled with a medical provider for a same-day virtual appointment (via phone) to provide initial assessment and care to those with self-limited cold, flu or allergy symptoms.  Individuals determined to require additional assessment and testing will be brought into the facility in-person for a scheduled appointment. If you already have a future appointment scheduled you will be offered a virtual appointment PRIOR to the scheduled appointment in an effort to reduce unnecessary visits to the MTF.

     

    Concerns of possible COVID-19 exposure, OR documented COVID-19 exposure, OR travel to anywhere outside of the continental United States (to include ALL Cruises with foreign ports of call). These individuals will be put in contact via phone with Public Health to determine their need for COVID-19 testing, tracking and monitoring.  These individuals will also be scheduled for same-day virtual appointments (via phone) with a medical provider.

     

    Future appointments for reasons that can safely be deferred to a later date.  Call to cancel the appointment. The Primary Care Clinic and Dental Clinic are identifying which wellness visits and procedures can safely be deferred to a later date.

    The 2 MDG is establishing a Single Point of Entry staffed by medical personnel who will screen for fever and risk factors for COVID-19. Those screening positive will be asked to return to their vehicle and contact the appointment line to arrange a same-day virtual appointment with a medical provider. Minimize or eliminate all in-person visits to the 2 MDG whenever possible. The Barksdale App contains a directory of frequently used medical numbers or call the appointment line for assistance.

     

    ALL BENEFICIARIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO:

    • Use Secure Messaging to message their provider
    • Use Tricare Online to request prescription refills, review test results, check on the status of referrals or cancel appointments
    • Use Tricare Mail Order Pharmacy to receive a supply of their regular medications through the mail

     

    If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please dial 911. The appointment line can be reached at (318) 456-6555 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Regularly Monitor the Barksdale App and COVID-19 page for updates.

CANCELLED EVENTS

  • All base tours
  • U.S. Space Force Roadshow
  • Civil Air Patrol Weekend
  • Women's Leadership Symposium
  • 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year (postponed until June 8-10)
  • PA studio appointments 

The Department of the Air Force is suspending all outreach activities and support to community events through May 15. This includes:

  • On-base and civilian sponsored airshows
  • Band performances
  • Community engagements and meetings on installations (base tours, Pentagon visits, etc.)

Finance Instructions

Due to the COVID-19, Finance will be under limited operations as we telework. All pay inquiries will handled through the pay inbox at pay@us.af.mil. Below are the services that will be provided via email:

1.            PCS in-processing vouchers

2.            Entitlement updates (to include signed paperwork with appropriate back up documentation)

3.            Separation and retirement out processing and vouchers

4.            Civilian pay inquiries at 2CPTS.civilian.pay@us.af.mil

Special considerations: Members with a DOS on or before 11 May 2020, are still permitted to take permissive and terminal leave. Members with a DOS beyond 11 May 2020, but have already departed will continue their leave. Members with a DOS beyond 11 May 2020 and have not departed, are not authorized leaved. We are currently awaiting further guidance for those who have leave they cannot sell back or take due to the travel restriction. More will follow and we ask for your patience during this time.

Attachment:  Instructions for all members who are separating or retiring. 

 

Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) Office

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office will be minimally manned until further notice.  FOIA managers will be teleworking and will continue to process your request to the best of their capability; however, we expect delays in response times.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.  We will notify you once the office is back to normal operations.

RESOURCES

 
  • Barksdale

    • Barksdale AFB Website
    • Air Force Connect App > 2nd Bomb Wing > COVID-19 Info
    • 2nd MDG Appointment Line: 318-456-6555

Message about the Coronavirus:

  • Force health protection is our top priority, and we will continue to ensure that Air Force personnel have the most up-to date information on appropriate measures to prevent potential spread of the virus
  • We are taking proactive steps to encourage all Department of Air Force personnel to follow Force Health Protection and CDC guidance to avoid contracting or spreading respiratory illnesses like the flu or COVID-19.
  • We have contingency plans in place and are taking steps to educate and safeguard our military and civilian personnel family members and base communities in preventing widespread outbreak.
  • We continue to work closely with our interagency partners to strengthen global detection and response to COVID-19. Air Force health care and research professionals are equipped with first-rate training, equipment and technology.