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
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.
2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs
View the COVID-19 Installation Policy Guidance - Change 9.1
View the Renewal of Declaration of PHE (valid until 19JAN21)
"Masks aid in decreasing COVID-19's virility by three pathways decreasing virus spread by infected individuals.
For additional information refer to the FAQ's below.
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.
All indoor gatherings limited to 50 total people to prevent the spread of illness. Also maintain 6-foot distance from others.
For BAFB dorm residents:
The BX and commissary will have a single point of entry and are open to ALL beneficiaries with BX and DECA privileges with the following caveats:
All Barksdale AFB services and MWR activities are authorized to reopen with the following caveats:
Military members may use off-base gyms and fitness facilities with the following caveats:
Military members may attend on and off base religious services with the following caveats:
Please coordinate with supervisors and Squadron commanders to determine reporting options.
A: Personnel are strongly encouraged to limit movement off-installation. Civilian personnel are not directed, but are strongly encouraged to follow the recommendations.
COVID-19 Risk Assessment Form (to be attached to your leave request or routed up the chain)
Access to Barksdale Air Force Base is no-longer restricted to mission critical personnel only and the commander has implemented changes to the installation policy guidance that removes some limitations from groups associated with the base, including military retirees. The following preventative actions, which align with BAFB’s Public Health Emergency Declaration, will become effective October 21, to Jan 19, 2021, or until such time the installation commander determines public health data indicates the risk for sustained community transmission has been mitigated, whichever may occur first. In order to access facilities on Barksdale AFB, patrons should be prepared to wear face coverings and maintain a 6 ft. separation between themselves and others, not residing within their household.
All Barksdale AFB residents (Hunt housing, BAFB Billeting, FAMCAMP, or dorm residents) and 2d Bomb Wing assigned personnel residing on or off-base are directed to comply with the following guidelines:
Dorm residents should contact their immediate supervisor or command team for specific guidance related to do their dormitory. These restrictions do not apply to seeking medical treatment for you or your family.
We understand that these restrictions may cause some challenges on our Airmen, families, and local communities. We encourage everyone to lean on their command teams for support and guidance during this time. For more information, call the 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs Office at 318-456-1015 or email 2BW.PA@us.af.mil.
Message about the Coronavirus:
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.
Here is what you need to know.
“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/.”
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.