Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We are a nation at war, and our U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force remain in the fight every day, at every hour, to fight through the attack," writes retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Bruce “Orville” Wright, president of the Air Force Association. "The enemy is stealthy, fast, mobile, ubiquitous, and smart. All viruses are."
The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq withdrew March 29 from a military base in the country’s north that nearly launched Washington into an open war with neighboring Iran. The K1 Air Base is the third site coalition forces have left this month, in line with U.S. plans to consolidate its troops in two locations in Iraq.
The Veterans Affairs Department is beginning to divide its inpatient units into two zones to separate non-infectious patients from those with novel coronavirus, officials said. And when the need arises, as the new phased plan predicts it will, officials plan to discharge non-critical patients and even build new facilities.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center delivered the latest C-37B special air mission aircraft to the 89th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 25. The program, managed by the Presidential and Executive Airlift Division, delivered the aircraft one week ahead of schedule.
To prevent the spread of the virus, the 333rd Training Squadron has implemented new online classes to safely teach the students of cyber warfare operations.
The $1.5 billion Space Fence—located on Kwajalein Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands—is a ground-based radar system that tracks satellites and space debris primarily in low Earth orbit. Lockheed Martin was selected as the prime contractor in 2014.
An upgraded ground control system for the Global Positioning System constellation developed by Lockheed Martin has passed tests and is now being used to operate the satellites, the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center announced March 27.
Of a world in coronavirus turmoil, they may know little or nothing. Submariners stealthily cruising the ocean deeps, purposefully shielded from worldly worries to encourage undivided focus on their top-secret missions of nuclear deterrence, may be among the last pockets of people anywhere who are still blissfully unaware of how the pandemic is turning life upside down.