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Schriever Air Force Base increases protective measures

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. —Schriever officials have taken additional actions to mitigate transmission of coronavirus and to preserve the base’s critical mission operations.

There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Schriever AFB.

“Our leadership team is committed to preserving the ability of our servicemen and women to provide for national defense and sustain current worldwide military missions,” said Col. James Smith, installation commander. “As an example, our installation commands and controls the GPS satellite constellation for the entire world, so we must take this threat seriously.  We have a ‘no fail’ mission to ensure our national and allied partners can continue to count on the resources our base provides to the world every day.”

Leadership has directed the following actions to be implemented effective at midnight:

  • Restricted area access limited to specified mission essential personnel only.
  • Child Development Center and School Age Center, Outdoor Recreation Framing and Engraving, Fitness Center and Indoor Running Track, including after-hours access, Event Center and Bennie’s are closed.
  • Large events and gatherings of more than 10 personnel are canceled or postponed.
  • Base Shuttle service inside and outside the RA will be suspended.
  • The following agencies are available by appointment only:  50th Force Support Squadron, 50th Comptroller Squadron and Airman and Family Readiness Center.
  • Facilities outside the restricted area, not specifically identified above, will remain open.  However, commanders and supervisors are minimizing the number of personnel in the work centers, primarily through telework.
  • The Satellite Dish Dining Facility will be limited to Building 300/400 occupants and 50th Space Wing mission essential personnel only and will be take-out only.
  • Food truck service will be suspended.
  • Ongoing construction projects outside the RA will continue.
  • Construction projects inside the RA are being considered on a case by case basis.

“We are aligning the base posture with existing measures across the state and in direct consideration of our installation’s critical mission sets,” said Smith.  “Our national space-based capabilities allow our military leaders to see the battlespace with clarity, provide early warning, strike with precision, navigate with accuracy, communicate with certainty, understand weather impacts and operate anywhere in the world.”

Leadership also continues to encourage good hygiene practices as the best preventive measure to control the spread of viruses. Personnel are encouraged to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid contact with those who have been sick, seek medical care when feeling ill and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

Schriever members who are ill are encouraged to call the appointment line for care and practice social distancing, which means staying home and not attending large gatherings until care is accessed.

For the latest COVID-19 information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Defense Coronavirus websites: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/.

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