27 May

Officials from the US Department of Defense (DoD) have unveiled a conditions-based phased approach to lift the stop-movement order issued in March. The order banned active-duty, reservist and civilian Dod employees from travelling in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19. It was originally set to be in place through 30 June. In order for unrestricted travel to resume, two factors have to be met. One, states regional criteria laid out by a White House directive and installation-level criteria based on local conditions should be satisfied. The second set of factors encompasses the assessment of installation-level conditions.

The Florida National Guard (FLNG) is supporting the state and local partners to conduct COVID-19 antibody testing at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) and Hard Rock Stadium Community Based Testing Sites (CBTS). The testing is being done for first responders at both facilities and tests for qSARS-CoV-2 antibodies. The results are available in just 15 minutes. Over 2,200 Guardsmen are on duty to support the US state’s Covid-19 response. Currently, 28 Community Based Testing Sites locations are operational and more than 212,000 sample collections have been administered so far.

The US Air Force has decided to basic military training (BMT) at Keesler AFB after a successful proof-of-concept trial run at the base. The training will start from 2 June at the secondary location until the end of COVID-19 surge operations. The BMT’s initial operating capability will be stood up under Detachment 5 of the 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Second Air Force commander major general Andrea Tullos said that Keesler AFB BMT is a contingency option. Currently, BMT is not planned to be conducted at multiple locations following the COVID-19 pandemic.