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117 ARW Directs HPCON Charlie

Health Protection Measures

Health Protection Measures

Sumpter Smith JNGB, Ala. --

The 117th Air Refueling Wing implemented Health Protection Condition Charlie here on March 27 to combat the spread of COVID-19.

These measures were directed by the Secretary of Defense to protect the forces and maintain operational readiness.

HPCON Charlie measures include the following actions:

  • The Credit Union is open to all members. The BX is only open to essential personnel. The ID section and gas station is only open for on base personnel and is closed to civilian and retirees.
  • Continue essential missions with required manning. Installation operations will be commensurate with federal, state and local guidelines; installation commanders will determine the installation’s essential missions and required manning in coordination with mission partners.
  • Consider issuing documentation as proof for personnel who require movement to and from the base in support of essential missions.
  • Maximize telework - only conduct in-person mission essential meetings that require the fewest personnel
  • Limit access to installation for official business
  • Instruct military personnel and encourage civilian employees to limit off base travel to movement to/from work, grocery, and hospital/medical needs
  • Adhere to strict hygiene, no hand-shaking, frequent hand-washing, clean common-use items
  • Implement social distancing, limit in-person meetings, socials and mass gatherings
  • May include modifications to entrances/exits

If you develop flu-like symptoms with fever and cough or shortness of breath and may have had contact with a person who has COVID-19 or had recent travel to areas considered high-risk, contact your health care provider before seeking medical care to prevent possible transmission in the health care setting.

For more information, please visit the 117 ARW page in the USAF Connect App or visit https://www.117arw.ang.af.mil/COVID-19/.