Public Health Recommendations - Holiday Celebrations and Gatherings

During the COVID-19 pandemic, appropriate protective measures are paramount for any holiday celebrations or gatherings. There are varying levels of risk for the spread of the virus based on factors such as the size of the event and the utilization of prevention strategies. As we begin plans for winter holiday celebrations and gatherings, please remember there is still a great deal of uncertainty about the course of the pandemic.

View the Public Health Recommendations for Holidays and Gatherings 

UPDATE - TELEWORKING STATUS

OCT 30, 2020 -  Due to the uptick in positive COVID cases, both on base and in the local area, the 2nd Bomb Wing commander is extending the teleworking status as the mission allows until next Friday, 6 Nov 20.

Teleworking is not mandatory, it is an option that is decided by leadership at the unit level. For those who are unable to telework due to mission requirements, it is imperative that everyone adheres to proper COVID preventative measures:

- Mandatory face coverings

- Avoid crowds

- Social distance

- Keep proper hygiene

Please remain patient during this time, any questions should be routed up to your chain of command.   

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2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs

318-456-1015

View the COVID-19 Installation Policy Guidance - Change 10.1 (Current as of Jan. 19, 2021)

View the Renewal of Declaration of PHE valid until 6 April 2021 

COVID-19 NEWS

  • COVID-19 Installation Policy Guidance – Change 9.1

    Public safety remains of the utmost importance at Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB). This memorandum supplements reference (a), which renewed BAFB’s Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration until 19 January 2021 or until I determine public health data indicates the risk for sustained community transmission is mitigated, whichever may occur first. In accordance with references (a) and (b), I have made the risk decision, in coordination with my Public Health Emergency Officer, to maintain BAFB’s Health Protection Condition level at BRAVO+.
  • Renewal of Declaration of Public Health Emergency – COVID-19

    On 17 March 2020, in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 and based on a preliminary investigation and the recommendations from our Public Health Emergency Officer (PHEO), my predecessor declared a public health emergency (PHE) in accordance with reference (a). That declaration has continuously been reviewed and renewed, and it is set to expire on 22 October 2020. Further investigation and recommendations from my PHEO indicate the need to renew the Declaration of a PHE for an additional 90 days. As such, I am renewing the Declaration of PHE until 19 January 2021, at which time it will automatically terminate unless it is renewed and re-reported, or terminated sooner by myself or a senior commander in the chain of command.
  • Barksdale Halloween COVID-19 Guidance

    This year a traditional Halloween will be meshing with current COVID-19 guidance in an effort to keep our families healthy, safe, and make sure they have fun! So please check out the guidance here. Trick-or-Treating on base will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. October 31st, 2020.
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TELEWORKING? HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL TIPS.

Tips for teleworking

Why masks lower COVID-19 deaths

"Masks aid in decreasing COVID-19's virility by three pathways decreasing virus spread by infected individuals.

  • The mask traps virus particles on the inside, preventing the virus particles from becoming airborne. Protect others. (But no the user) (Trapping in a moist environment + bacterial growth).
  • Decreasing new infections by uninfected individuals. The medical mask prevents airborne virus particles being inhaled from the outside. (Neck Gaiters and other currently used non-medical devices allow the trapping, incubation, flow and inhaling of virus particles).
  • Limiting hand to face contact. The mask puts a physical barrier between potentially contaminated hands and passages to one's lungs." (Technology does it better... it kills germs upon contact)

For additional information refer to the FAQ's below. 

BARKSDALE COVID-19 UPDATES

​When practical, refrain from going inside off-base restaurants, stores or businesses and instead, use drive-thru, curbside pick-up and home delivery options.

Practice physical distancing of 6 feet when you leave home.

Wear a face covering whenever in public if unable to maintain 6 feet physical distancing and when directed as a requirement for entry into a facility on and off the installation.

Remain ready at all times to put on a face covering if and when the need arises.

Practice good hygiene, wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer when washing hands isn't an option, clean high-touch surfaces and high traffic areas frequently, avoid touching your face, sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.

FAQ's

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Our message about the coronavirus

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.

DoD COVID-19 Travel

DoD COVID-19 Task Force has developed a website, the 'DoD COVID-19 Travel Information Application' (accessible to DoD members with a CAC) that provides information related to the current COVID-19 pandemic to enable a more informed, educated force. There are four applications within the website that provide visibility of current HPCON and installation statuses around the globe. Link: https://covid-status.data.mil (recommend Google Chrome). The four applications are described below:

- Travel Scenarios: Location search to compare conditions between origin and destination. Refresh rate is weekly.

- HPCON Status: A map view of all DoD installations and their current HPCON status. Refresh rate is weekly.

- Installation Decision Support: View information about County and Military Health System (MHS) facility conditions impacting Installation HPCON status and SECDEF Gating Criteria. Refresh rate is daily.

-  COVID-19 Case Heat map: A map view of COVID-19 cases at a global and CONUS county level.  Refresh rate is daily.

The data presented in this DoD COVID-19 Travel Information application comes from the COVID-19 Task Force Common Operating Picture within the ADVANA platform.  

Want to leave the local area (1 hour radius)?

Here is what you need to know.

ID OFFICE OPERATIONS

“Barksdale MPF ID/CAC/DEERS section is currently operating by appointment-only to mitigate COVID exposure and to operate IAW DoD Guidance. Please call 318-456-3710, Option 1 to make an appointment. CAC Pin Resets for mil/civ/contractors can walk-in between 0800-1600 for the pin reset. The “Barksdale Life – 2 FSS” Facebook page is updated when the DoD-managed system, DEERS (for CACs/IDs) is operable/inoperable. For the DoD Response to COVID-19 in regards to DoD ID Cards (CAC/USID) & Benefits, a copy of the OSD memo and FAQs, please visit: https://www.cac.mil/Coronavirus/.”

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.