PAGE LAST UPDATED: 23 FEBRUARY 2021
Altus Air Force Base is distributing COVID-19 vaccines in alignment with the DoDs plan to follow CDC prioritization guidelines. The 97th MDG is currently distributing it, and those who have requested to get the vaccine will be contacted as soon as it is available to them. For more information about the vaccine, click here.
Altus Air Force Base leaders have announced the transition from Health Protection (HPCON) CHARLIE to HPCON BRAVO Friday, May 29, 2020.
The following document supersedes a majority of current policies: 97 AMW COVID-19 Policies Directives 23 Feb. 2020. The memorandum's attachments can be found under the resources tab on the right.
“Team - Our mission is to Train Exceptional Mobility Airmen and that has not changed. However, your leadership team is also very focused on maintaining our Military Readiness and Ensuring the Safety of our Airmen and Families. The recent stop movement order has no doubt impacted you or your family’s plans, but from someone who is very focused on protecting you, your family and our community, this order is a welcome and important tool in our efforts to reduce movement and thus decrease the chances of additional exposure to the COVID-19 virus. I’m confident that if we all act responsibly and follow basic health guidance, we will get through these challenging times. We will continue to push information out as fast as we get it. If you have any questions about our current guidance, please engage your chain of command. If you have questions about COVID-19, please visit www.cdc.gov/COVID19. Remember: Stay calm, stay clean, and be responsible.”
-Col Matthew Leard, 97th AMW commander
If you are a Military Member or Spouse experiencing *flu-like symptoms, you may expect the following precautionary measures during your visit at the 97th Medical Group.
Civilian members should visit their doctor or local hospital, but should call ahead for local procedures.
If you have an appointment or need to see a medical professional, you are urged to call ahead of time for any local procedures.
Before seeking care, call ahead to the after-hours 97 MDG Health Care Provide Advice line at 580-649-5809.
Upon entering the MDG you will be asked the following:
1. Have you traveled outside of Oklahoma or the Altus area in the past 14 days?
2. Have you been in close contact with a person who has confirmed positive COVID-19 infection or someone who is currently being tested for COVID-19?
3. Have you yourself received a COVID-19 test?
See Section 7, COVID-19 Self Reporting, on the 97 AMW COVID-19 Policies and Directives above for more information.
See Section 2, Leave and Pass Travel, on the 97 AMW COVID-19 Policies and Directives above for more information.
See Section 8, The Big Three, on the 97 AMW COVID-19 Policies and Directives above for more information.
March 15, 2020 Commander Update: Part one click here & Part two click here
March 19, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
March 22, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
March 30, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
April 2, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
April 5, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
April 7, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
April 19, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
May 3, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
May 20, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
May 28, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
July 1, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
July 20, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
August 13, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
September 2, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
September 22, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
November 19, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
December 17, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
January 28, 2020 Commander Update: Click here
On 8 April 2020, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness published supplemental Force Health Protection Guidance. Pursuant to this order, to the maximum extent practical, all individuals on Altus AFB are required to wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public ·areas or work centers. The Commissary and BX are public areas in which individuals inherently cannot maintain six feet of social distance; therefore, cloth face coverings are required to be worn by all individuals in those facilities.
Cloth face coverings shall extend above the nose without interfering with eyewear, and below the chin to cover the mouth and nostrils completely. It shall fit snugly but comfortably against the sides of the face and be secured (e.g., by being tied in place or with ear-loops). Cloth face coverings shall be laundered regularly to maintain good hygiene. Military personnel should wear cloth face coverings that are neutral in color.
For additional guidance regarding acceptable cloth face coverings and for exception to policy procedures.
Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings
Cloth Face Coverings: Questions and Answers
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
CVR (Commercial Virtual Remote) is now available as part of the DoD wide collaboration initiative to augment telework capabilities. This system enables collaboration across the enterprise and is Microsoft TEAMS based. This is a temporary capability that is meant for the duration of the COVID-19 Crises and is set to sunset post pandemic/fall 2020. This commercially based DISA program is approved for data dissemination at IL4 (FOUO & below), enables file sharing (instant chat, video, and voice conferencing).
USAF Commercial Virtual Remote (CVR) Environment
Air Force Telework Capabilities
To start, all personnel need to login into milconnect (https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/) and update their email addresses to reflect their “.mil” account. Once their email addresses has been updated, they will receive a welcome email in their outlook account with further steps. The welcome email will contain an active link that will activate their accounts and enable teleworking capabilities outside vPN limitations.
CS has created a tab entitled “Telework Resources,” which contains all approved telework options on the wing SharePoint site (https://usaf.dps.mil/sites/aetc-alt-97amw/SitePages/Home.aspx) and features CVR FAQ, account creation guide, sample enrollment email.
Please note that personnel have 14 days to ACTIVATE their account before it will be recycled to the end of the que for the entire DoD. Attached is a sample info flyer for public dissemination.
The 97th MDG will no longer be offering weekend flu and COVID-19 testing
For any weekend medical needs please reference the following:
Full Service and Quick Service Restaurant Guidance
Travel Risk Assessment Tool
Self-Quarantine Instructions for Personnel Arriving at AAFB
Advanced Medical Monitoring Instructions for Personnel Arriving at AAFB
COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Steps for Contractors Operating on AAFB
Social Distancing Graphic
COVID-19 Holiday Guidance
Contract Employee Participation in COVID Contact Tracing
Renewal of Declaration of Public Health Emergency on Altus Air Force Base 7 January 2021
Top Lanes of Communications:
Official Coronavirus website
CDC Coronavirus Disease Information
U.S. Government Response to Coronavirus
DoD Coronavirus Information
Air Force Coronavirus Information
Mental Health Resources:
Coronaviruses: Prevention and Treatment
How to help staff members in distress
Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks