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    A note from the Commander Col. Larry Gardner

    141st Air Refueling Wing Airmen and Family,

    We are living in a truly unprecedented time for our historic State, our beloved Nation, and our entire World. Public health emergencies have been initiated at every level of our Government with our State being the epicenter of the 2020 United States Coronavirus pandemic. And just yesterday, our 92 ARW teammates were notified that they had their first confirmed positive test for COVID-19 here at Fairchild Air Force Base.

    The next few months will be challenging as we posture to fight an enemy that is still being defined while witnessing historic changes to our society, normalcy, and way of life unlike anything we have seen before.

    Your leadership is asking much of you to combat this formidable enemy by adhering to mandated public health emergency guidelines while still maintaining our front-line combat effectiveness, readiness, and long-term mission assurance. The Washington National Guard has effectively established a "mission essential" posture throughout our organizations to protect the health of each Airman, Soldier, and their families while emphasizing social distancing practices and intervention steps.

    As a National Guard we must always be ready to answer our State and Nation’s call – a call that could be arriving at any moment. We must continue to adhere to our 14-Day Ready practices while ensuring our 72-hour bags are ready for battle. And we must continue to maintain our health, our emotional-spiritual-physical fitness, and that of our families.

    We are the National Guard. We are always available and ready to fight our Nation’s wars, defend our Homeland, and continue to build and strengthen our partnerships so that our freedoms and very way of life can be preserved, enjoyed, and honored. We don’t know what this battle with our COVID-19 enemy will ultimately entail but we do know that we are America’s premier line of defense for the last 383 years and that doesn’t stop today. Be Ready, Team. Thank you!

    Col. Larry Gardner and Chief Master Sgt. Brandon Ives

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    COVID-19 NEWS

    • AFIMSC cancels 2020 I-WEPTAC

      AFIMSC senior leaders are considering ways of sharing progress and recommendations mission area working groups have already accomplished, and transitioning other efforts to the 2021 I-WEPTAC, organizers said.
    • Vance AFB declares Health Protection Level A

      Col. Corey Simmons, 71st Flying Training Wing commander, has directed Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Alpha for Vance Air Force Base in response to COVID-19.
    • Travis AFB announces first COVID-19 cases

      Travis Air Force Base is currently monitoring two positive cases of COVID-19 for an active-duty Airman and a dependent of a service member. Samples from the individuals were taken and sent to a Department of Defense laboratory where the tests were confirmed positive.
    • National Museum of the US Air Force temporarily closed due to COVID-19

      All events and activities scheduled at the museum have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. The museum will re-evaluate its closure status on a week-to-week basis and will provide the latest updates on the museum website and social media sites.
    • DOD officials explain new coronavirus domestic travel restrictions

      Defense officials announced restrictions on domestic travel for service members, Defense Department employees and family members in response to the new coronavirus, or COVID-19.
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