By Public Affairs, 6th Air Refueling Wing
/ Published March 16, 2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Rotator Graphic for af.mil. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Rosario "Charo" Gutierrez)
Team MacDill, the events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are rapidly changing across our country, to include here in the Tampa Bay area and on MacDill AFB.
As of March 16, 2020 MacDill AFB is currently in Health Protection Condition Alpha (HPCON-A). This means there is a heightened exposure and increased transmission risk. What does this mean for you? You should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and recommendations to the maximum extent possible, such as: knowing how COVID-19 spreads; cleaning your hands often; avoiding close contact; stay home if you are sick; cover coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect.
The safety and well being of our MacDill AFB family is at the forefront of our decisions and recommendations. Force health protection is our top priority, and we will continue to ensure that personnel and their families have the most up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent potential spread of the virus.
We are following risk-based measures consistent with guidance from the Department of Defense and the CDC, in concert with local and state officials, such as encouraging all personnel to follow force health protection guidelines to safeguard our community to prevent wide spread outbreak, and adhere to travel advisories and restrictions.
Units and work centers across MacDill AFB have received guidance from higher headquarters permitting telework options as much as possible while still meeting mission essential functions.
Soon, you will see various services and activities across the installation have reduced services or temporarily closed until the spread of the pandemic is mitigated. Please check the MacDill AFB website and Facebook page for the latest updates on reduced services and closures.
Finally, I ask for your patience as we work through rapidly changing circumstances. Your commanders and I remain committed to you and your families as we act together to “flatten the COVID-19 curve” to minimize the spread and impact.
Col. Stephen Snelson
Commander, 6th Air Refueling Wing