MARCH 13, 2020
Today, the Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist approved new travel restrictions for service members, DoD civilians, and their families assigned to DoD installations, facilities and surrounding areas within the United States and its territories. This restriction will halt all domestic travel, including Permanent Change of Station, and Temporary Duty. This restriction will also pause civilian hiring at DoD installations and components for persons who do not reside within the hiring entity's local commuting area.
Additionally, service members will be authorized local leave only, following Service guidelines. This new guidance is effective March 16 and continues through May 11.
Similar to other travel guidance regarding COVID-19, travel exceptions may be granted for compelling cases where the travel is mission-essential, for humanitarian reasons, or warranted due to extreme hardship. Approval authority for these exceptions belongs to the Combatant Commander, the Service Secretaries, the Chief Management Officer, or the Director of the Joint Staff, but may be delegated.
The Department will continue to issue additional guidance with regard to the COVID-19 as conditions warrant. Our goal is to remain ahead of the virus spread so our military force remains effective and ready.
For more information on the CDC travel restrictions, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/.
Updates as of March 19
Effective 16 March 2020, Total Force Military and Civilian Airmen and their families assigned to DoD installations, facilities, and surrounding areas in the United States and its territories traveling domestically (within CONUS to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) on government-funded travel will Stop Movement through 11 May 2020
CONUS-CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) Travel for the Purpose of Medical Treatment: Travel by patients and medical providers for the purpose of medical treatment for DoD personnel and their family members is authorized.
PCS, TDY, or Leave within CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories): Effective 16 March 2020, Military Airmen who have already initiated CONUS to CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) travel (including intermediate stops within the CONUS) are authorized to continue to their final destination.
In cases where the military Airman has already been issued PCS orders, AF Form 899, and Amendment, AF Form 973, is required to reflect the most current concurrent travel restriction. Instructions to amend an Airman’s PCS orders will be provided after Stop Movement is terminated.
For more updated information on DoD travel (as of March 19) click here.
For updated Defense Travel Management Office COVID-19 Travel and Transportation Q&As (as of March 17), click here.
For Military and Civilian personnel: Contact AFPC Total Force Center (Comm: 1-800-525-0102 / DSN: 665-0102) (24/7) for travel guidance
We encourage all DOD personnel to visit https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/for information on staying healthy during the outbreak. The Department will issue follow-on guidance on this directive prior to implementation.
YouTube: CSAF and CSO COVID-19 Message
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.
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) -
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:
TDY or Leave to or from Level 3 countries:
Report no later than date (RNLTD) and date of estimated return overseas extensions (DEROS):
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.
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:
- 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.
A: In an effort to reduce contact between individuals entering Barksdale, new gate procedures are being implemented immediately 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. Follow all directions provided by the Defender. For additional information, refer to the AF Connect app for the 2nd Bomb Wing.
A: Please refrain from discussing sensitive personnel/troop movements on public forums and social media to ensure the safety and security of personnel and their families.
A: All military and civilian personnel have been designated as essential at this time.
A: Personnel are strongly encouraged to limit movement off-installation. Civilian personnel are not directed, but are strongly encouraged to follow the recommendations.
Access to the Barksdale Commissary, Base Exchange, and Shoppette will be limited to the following groups: Active Duty, Reserve, and Guard personnel who work on the installation, and authorized patrons living in base housing or dorm residents. For the latest base specific information on COVID-19, visit our Barksdale AFB website at:
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.
A: Rather than worrying, I recommend focusing on staying up to date on the facts about COVID-19 and the steps that you can take to reduce the risk of infection for you and your family. There are numerous resources available, such as the Barksdale App, Barksdale Facebook, the Louisiana Department of Health Website and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
A: There are currently 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Barksdale residents, employees or beneficiaries. Caddo and Bossier Parish have a total of 147 positive cases of COVID-19. The State of Louisiana has 2,305 cases. We are in close contact with our colleagues in Bossier Parish and the Louisiana Department of Health, Region 7, who oversee Northwest Louisiana.
Q: How does the Governor declaring a Public Health Emergency and directing all public schools to close for 30 days, along with canceling gatherings of greater than 250 people, affect Barksdale?
A: We work closely with our off-base counterparts and will mirror their actions on our facility. More information is forthcoming on cancellation/postponement of large gatherings on Barksdale.
A: We will continue to provide care to our enrolled beneficiaries during this time. Our Pharmacy will remain open to ensure everyone gets the medications they need. To view the most recent policy from the 2nd MDG pharmacy, click here. We will be utilizing additional virtual appointments (via telephone) and implementing other measures to minimize unnecessary close contact between individuals.
A: Close contact is coming within 6 feet of other individuals for a prolonged period. This increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19 or other viruses due to coughing.
A: A medical visit is not required for typical cold or flu symptoms. Stay home, drink plenty of fluids and use over the counter medicines to treat your symptoms. Do not return to work until you have been fever free for 24 hours and your symptoms have resolved. If you have persistent high fevers, shortness of breath, uncontrollable pain or other severe symptoms, then seek medical attention. If you receive care at the 2 MDG, then you can call the 2 MDG appointment line at 318-456-6555 to speak with a nurse during business hours or reach the Nurse Advice Line after hours. If you have an off base primary care provider, contact them with questions. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, dial 911.
Supervisors are authorized to allow active duty members to stay home if they are ill. Contact your supervisor to discuss. Civilian employees can utilize sick leave. Contractors should follow processes as outlined in their contract.
A: According to Centers for Disease Control guidelines, only individuals with risk factors for COVID-19 exposure should be tested at this time. Any individual (yourself, persons living with you, or persons visiting you) meeting the following criteria should notify their commander who will contact 2 MDG Public Health to determine whether they need to be tested.
- Travel to China, Iran, Korea or Europe in the past 14 days
- Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
- Close contact with someone returning from these countries/region in the past 14 days
- Cruise ship travel worldwide in the past 14 days
Q: I have been in close contact with someone who has been in contact with another person suspected or confirmed as having COVID-19 ("Contact of a Contact). Am I at risk and what should I do?
A: Contacts of contacts are not at increased risk of COVID-19. The first contact should notify their commander who will contact public health for guidance. Contacts of contacts do not require any testing or monitoring.
Active Duty members should notify their supervisor. Supervisors can authorize individuals who are ill to stay home. Anyone who is tested for COVID-19 or instructed to stay home for reasons related to COVID-19 should notify their commander. Commanders will contact Public Health for guidance.
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:
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.
The Department of the Air Force is suspending all outreach activities and support to community events through May 15. This includes:
Due to the COVID-19, Finance will be under limited operations as we telework. All pay inquiries will handled through the pay inbox at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.email@example.com
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.
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.
Message about the Coronavirus: