Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A team from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Presidential & Executive Airlift Directorate has begun fleet-wide satellite communication upgrades on aircraft supporting the President and other Executive Department leaders.
The service’s Air Education and Training Command has not yet established new career paths, but is exploring the idea of recruiting experienced commercial pilots or civilians within commercial pilot training programmes, Air Combat Command chief Gen. James M. Holmes said during an AFA Mitchell Institute webinar.
In a memorandum dated June 18, 2020, Lt. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, authorized five-year shaving waivers for Air and Space professionals diagnosed with Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, effective immediately. Driven by feedback from the field, the change is intended to provide more time for skin to heal and prevent a recurrence.
The Pentagon announced June 22 that the newly launched Space Force had its first handful of COVID-19 cases. But the Air Force is now disputing that report, saying the number remains zero.
The Department of the Air Force released the service’s first doctrine annex on Joint All-Domain Operations June 1, outlining how the service expects to maintain its competitive advantage. Annex 3-1, Department of the Air Force role in JADO, builds on the doctrine note signed by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein in March, and the direction to deter and defeat adversaries from the National Defense Strategy.
The Air Force is investigating whether any of the 35 airmen who tested positive for coronavirus in less than two weeks at Guam's Andersen Air Force Base violated mandatory protection measures, a general said June 22. All 35 belong to the same unit whose members arrived on the island May 25, according to a statement attributed to Brig. Gen. Gentry Boswell, commander of Andersen's 36th Wing.
Clark's Marsh, a natural area near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Mich., so tainted with potentially harmful nonstick chemicals that almost every living creature tested there shows excessive levels of them, will get more attention from the U.S. Air Force. But area residents, frustrated by years of inaction and slow results as Wurtsmith's legacy pollution has spread to affect the surrounding community, aren't celebrating yet.
Two patrol aircraft, an E-3 Sentry (AWACS) and E-8 Joint STARS (JSTARS), supported by two KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft, will fly detection and monitoring missions in international airspace to help U.S. and international law enforcement authorities disrupt and defeat transnational criminal organizations trafficking illegal narcotics in the region. Approximately 200 Airmen, including aircrews, maintenance technicians, logisticians, and administrative personnel, will support the operation.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency conducted a repatriation ceremony with South Korean officials at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on June 23, 2020. The DPAA is turning over the remains of 140 South Korean service members who died in the Korean War and have now been identified.