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  • MacDill AFB protects the force with COVID-19 vaccinations

    Taking care of military personnel, either active duty, reserve, guard or retirees, is a high priority for MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. To assist with reducing the amount of COVID-19 related cases, the 6th Medical Group stands-up a point of dispensing (POD) almost every Thursday and Friday at Hangar 5 on MacDill to distribute the vaccine to a list of people based on risk factor and availability.
  • COVID-19 Vaccines: Changing the course of the pandemic

    The Department of Defense has an independent but collaborative program with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to provide COVID-19 vaccines to DoD uniformed service members. This includes active duty, Guard/Reserve, retirees, family members, civilian employees and selected DoD contract personnel. Getting the vaccine is voluntary, but all DoD personnel are encouraged to get it to protect their health, their families and their community.
  • Top 3 Receives COVID-19 Vaccination

    Following the Department of Defense’s phased vaccination plan, Col. Benjamin Jonsson, 6th Air Refueling Wing commander, Col. Benjamin Robins, 6th ARW vice commander and Chief Master Sgt. Shae Gee, 6th ARW command chief, received their initial COVID-19 vaccination at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 5, 2021. The vaccine is currently voluntary and administered based on a phased approach starting with mission critical and those that are at heightened risk of exposure.
  • Face masks: Skin breakouts, rashes and irritation

    In the era of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) everyone is wearing face masks and for many their skin is suffering from new breakouts, rashes and irritation.
  • 6th LRS slowing the spread through innovation

    Over the past four months, most Airmen have supported the mission through teleworking. However, many others have adjusted by implementing social distancing and stricter sanitization standards in their work centers, all while continuing to enable the unmatched air refueling mission. According to Master Sgt. Adam Ingram, the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Management superintendent, being a customer service flight presents increased safety concerns for his Airmen.
  • MacDill to implement phased approach for installation reopening

    MacDill will implement phase one of a multi-phase approach to reopen the base beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. Base officials will begin cautiously relaxing specific guidelines in a slow and deliberate manner. The base will remain in each phase for a minimum of 14 to 21 days, with the precise length of each phase determined by local medical conditions. Criteria considered when moving to the next phase will include the downward trend of regional COVID-19 cases with no evidence of a resurgence.
  • MacDill dorm residents socialize virtually

    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Normal life had a completely different meaning over a month ago. Weekends used to be spent out with friends and it was easy to make last minute plans with them to grab a quick meal. But with stay at home orders and social distancing practices being highly encouraged, this life may now feel like a distant memory for some.
  • 6 CS: Keeping MacDill connected while separated

    Whether in-person or virtually, staying connected is essential to everyday mission success. As base closures and quarantine have separated many MacDill personnel, we are more reliant than ever on networking capabilities to accomplish daily activities. In order to ensure all 6th Air Refueling Wing team members are able to access their network avenues, the 6th Communications Squadron works diligently to keep everything up and running.
  • Alcohol use during home isolation or quarantine

    The introduction of curfews, quarantine, and recommended self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented number of people staying in their homes. It is especially important now to be aware of the health and safety risks posed by alcohol in light of the misinformation frequently shared by social media and other communication channels.