The local area is now defined as a 6-hour drive from #DoverAFB. Leave outside the local area must be approved by one's squadron commander.
FITNESS CENTER AND POOL UPDATES
As of June 29, 2020, the Fitness Center has reopened to all eligible patrons and is no longer restricted to active-duty, National Guard, Reserve and DoD Civilians. Additionally, the Oasis Pool increased its max occupancy to 75 people per two-hour session.
HPCON LEVEL DECREASE
On June 15, 2020, Dover AFB is scheduled to implement Health Protection Condition Bravo, which indicates a moderate risk of outbreak and exposure to COVID-19 for base personnel.
PHASE 2 LAUNCH
On June 15, 2020, Dover AFB is scheduled to launch Phase 2 of its three-phase reopening. At the discretion of unit commanders, all members will return to their workplaces, with the exception of at-risk personnel.
Gatherings should be limited to no more than 50 people or no more than 60% of the maximum occupancy, except in large and outdoor venues where social distancing can be maintained. Face coverings will be required where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained, such as in customer service facilities and high-traffic areas (e.g. commissary, Base Exchange, Express, etc.).
Medical screening will occur at the Dover AFB medical clinic, instead of the main gate; clinic hours and pharmacy curbside pickup remain unchanged.
The dining facility, FREDS and Mugs Café will offer limited dining-in options during current operating hours, with strict social distancing. The Eagle Lanes Bowling Alley will be open 12-6 p.m. every day, with limited occupancy and social distancing. The Oasis Pool is scheduled to reopen later this June while final repairs are being completed with reduced hours of 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day and limited occupancy.. Base playgrounds remain closed until further notice.
FROM THE COMMANDER
We are simultaneously living in unprecedented, extraordinary, and trying times. In just this past week, it’s been COVID, NASA/Space-X, and the horrific killing of George Floyd.
I will not pretend that I fully understand all the complex facets of race, bigotry and injustice that drove our nation to where it is today, but I will not shy away from leading or engaging in productive conversation…and neither should you.
I’ve always strived to be a good man. Polite. Non-judgmental. I treat everyone with dignity and respect. Until recently, I thought that was enough.
Still, for years I’ve wrestled with the imagery of visceral HATE, searching for how to conquer it. Then it came to me – the LOVE I share. It made sense, love conquers hate. But yet again, I found another obstacle – FEAR. At times, fear overpowers love. And for a moment, I was resigned to the thought that perhaps nothing could conquer fear, but I continued to dig deeper. KNOWLEDGE. Good people have both love and knowledge. The good people…this is the camp I still choose.
So what now? As members of the profession of arms, we take pride in learning from history, and using that knowledge as a stepping stone to developing an elite force, always ready to protect our nation. Our history is complicated, filled with both hope and despair, challenges and triumphs, and in the midst of all of that, inspiration. My inspiration came from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who in speaking on Nonviolence and Social Change in 1959 said the following:
“But we have not been content to live merely on past accomplishments. He who lives only in the past has a doubtful present and an unattainable future. No greater tragedy can befall a people than to rest complacently on some past achievement. Noble yesterdays must always be challenges to more creative tomorrows.
. . .
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
But what happens when good people remain silent? As so many Americans are hurting and saddened by unfolding events, I am hopeful – hopeful that George Floyd’s death will not be in vain, but the catalyst for so many good people to have the moral courage to engage in the hard work that lies ahead.
I am proud to be your commander and embrace the responsibility I have in leading our wing. Yes, we are living in unprecedented, extraordinary, and trying times. We are Airmen. We are good Airmen. Join me, in ensuring our actions help make our world a better place.
SCHOOL AND CHILDCARE - Governor John Carney has directed all Delaware state schools are closed for the remainder of the school year. The Child Development Center and Youth Center are open for identified personnel only during reduced manning.
BASE FACILITY CLOSURE/OPERATING HOURS
Base Access - The North Gate is closed.
The Visitor Pass Program has been restored, and family members and friends may obtain visitor passes at the Dover AFB Visitors Center. The Trusted Traveler Program is suspended until further notice. A 100 percent DoD ID card check is in place. Types of accepted DoD ID cards can be found here: https://www.cac.mil/Uniformed-Services-ID-Card/.
Airman & Family Readiness Center - by appointment only M-F: 8 AM - 4 PM. Email doverA.FRC@us.af.mil for assistance (Do NOT include PII).
Aero Club - closed until further notice
Air Mobility Command (AMC) Museum - closed until further notice
Arts & Crafts - by appointment only M-F: 10 AM - 5 PM (Th: 10 AM - 8 PM)
Auto Hobby - closed until further notice
Base Exchange (AAFES) - open (9 AM - 6 PM), but hours may be reduced or changed to allow for thorough cleaning and restocking.
Base Housing - All Community Centers and resident amenities, including playgrounds are closed.
Liberty Park (Behind Pool) - closed until further notice
Burger King - Open for drive-thru only
Commissary (DeCA) - Access will be limited to 75 patrons at a time to maintain social distancing, and cloth face coverings remain mandatory to protect force health. There will not be any dedicated days or times for specific patrons, and the ticketing queue system has been removed. Only one member of the household should conduct shopping unless additional members cannot be left unattended (children, disabled, etc.) to maximize the 75-patron limitation. No reusable bags. Card is preferred to cash.
Civilian Personnel Flight – By appointment only M-F: 9 AM - 4 PM. All services are currently by appointment only or via telephone. If you need assistance, please call (302) 677-4662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for APF questions or (302) 677-6954 or email email@example.com for NAF questions.
Chapel - Open 0800-1600 M-F. Appointments and walk-ins welcome. Chapel support is available by phone 24/7. During the duty day, call 302-677-3932 to connect with a chaplain. After duty hours, call Command Post at 302-677-4201, and ask to speak to the duty chaplain. Watch the Dover AFB Chapel Facebook @Dover436Chapel to stay updated on weekend/daily worship service offerings, chapel events and services.
Charlie's Hotdogs - Open for carryout only
Child Development Center & Youth Center – Open M-F: 6:15 AM - 5:45 PM
DFAC - Limited dining-in options effective June 15, 2020, with strict social distancing during the following hours:
Flightline Kiosk - closed
Dover Federal Credit Union - Drive-thru only
Dover Airman Against Drunk Driving (DADD) - suspended until further notice.
Eagle Creek Golf Course - Open 0800-1600. Single-rider carts only. Must maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times while on the course.
Eagle Lanes Bowling Center - Effective June 15, 2020, the bowling alley will open 12-6 p.m. every day, with limited occupancy and social distancing.
Eagle Rest Inn Lodging - No Space-A guests/reservations, open 24/7.
Education Center - The education office is open on a limited, appointment-only basis. To schedule an appointment, call (302) 677-4630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finance Customer Service - Open M-F 0900-1530, customer service desk is closed. For assistance, call 302-677-4093 or 302-677-4486, or email 436CPTS.FMF.FMCustServ@us.af.mil.
Fitness Center - Effective immediately, there is no longer an online sign-up requirement for fitness center access. All military members (active duty, reserve, and guard) and DOD civilians will now be able to access the fitness center without limits on the amount of time or the number of sessions. However, a maximum occupancy of 60 people will be strictly enforced in order to ensure effective social distancing.
Fitness Testing - All official Fitness Assessment testing is suspended through Oct. 1, 2020. See https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2195964/fitness-testing-suspended-until-oct-1
Food Delivery - food delivery drivers may experience difficulty accessing the base. Residents are encouraged to use an alternate pickup point, such as the Visitors Center parking lot.
FREDS - Open 1200-1800, Mon-Sun, limited dining-in options with strict social distancing effective June 15, 2020
The Grill at Eagle Creek - closed until further notice
ITT - by appointment only M-F: 9 AM - 5 PM
The Landings - closed until further notice
Legal Office - Walk-in legal assistance is suspended until further notice. Priority-based, appointment only legal assistance plan for your Airmen until further notice. Legal assistance will be provided to Airmen in three priority categories:
Manpower - Teleworking
Medical Group - Medical screening will occur at the Dover AFB medical clinic, instead of the main gate. Hours of operations will be Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 5 PM.
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Military Personnel Flight - by appointment only M-F: 8 AM - 3 PM. Call 302-677-5050/3628/4585 or e-mail email@example.com for appointment availability
CAC/ID Issuance guidance in response to COVID-19 is effective immediately through 31 August 2020. The changes are as follows:
Mugs - open M-F: 6:30 AM - 1 PM, limited dining-in options with strict social distancing effective June 15, 2020
NAF Employees - All non-essential NAF employees will not report to work
Outdoor Recreation - by appointment only M-F: 9 AM - 5 PM
Passenger Terminal - Space A is limited to Category I, IV and VI only. Visit the AMC Travel Page for information.
Public Affairs - All photo studio operations, to include passport photos, are limited to mission-essential requirements only and will be pre-scheduled on a case-by-case basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNITE - all activities suspended and rescheduled. Dates TBD
USO Delaware - closed until further notice
Veterinary Treatment Facility - Limited appointments available Monday - Friday 0830-1200 & 1300-1530. Call 302-377-5253/5252 to speak to our staff about scheduling an appointment. Prescription refill requests require a 7-day prior notification.
Youth Center - M-F 6:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Wingman Day/Commander's Cup
POSTPONED (DATE TBD)
FTAC (24 Students)
POSTPONED (Date TBD)
Vietnam Veteran Pinning Ceremony
Wing Commander's Call
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid groups or gatherings of 10 or more people.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
FACE MASK WEAR IN UNIFORM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance April 3, 2020, recommending the general wear of cloth face coverings in areas where physical distancing is difficult to maintain or transmission is perceivable higher such as grocery stores, post offices, entry points. The Department of Defense released a memo to this same effect on April 5, 2020, which also included clarification on the wear of masks in uniform.
In line with this guidance, Col. Matthew Jones, has authorized the wear of face masks in uniform for Dover AFB personnel. While more a more specific way ahead is being developed, reference this initial guidance ....
- Masks should be self-procured and remain conservative in nature while in uniform. Face covers in uniform are expected to adhere to neatness, cleanliness, safety, uniformity, and military image standards. Commanders are empowered to use good judgement for these standards.
- Individuals are encouraged to research proper cleaning and fitting techniques for reusable cloth masks.
- Do not use surgical or N-95 respirators unless you are performing duties as a health care professional. These medical supplies are critical for our health care workers and other first responders during this time.
- Masks do not replace the federal, state, and county guidelines to practice physical distancing and shelter-at-home directions to minimize exposure. Continue limiting movement to essential travel only.
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Can we get tested at the clinic?
Currently, the 436th Medical Group does have the ability to test for COVID-19. You must call ahead if seeking testing to the 436th MDG Appointment Line at 302-730-4633. Anyone with testing questions should contact the 436th MDG Appointment Line at 302-730-4633, or call the Delaware Department of Health at (866) 408-1899. TRICARE beneficiaries can also contact 1-800-TRICARE.
What happens if my child gets sick?
If your child is experiencing flu-like symptoms, please call the 436th Medical Group Appointment Line at 302-730-4633. A nurse can offer a screening via phone and evaluate whether more testing may be warranted. As with any "normal" flu, you should keep your child home to avoid spreading germs throughout schools and CDCs.
Are there precautions we should take if we think a coworker or friend might be exhibiting symptoms?
As with any flu season, if you are close to someone who appears to have flu-like symptoms, you should practice proper hygiene and encourage others to do the same. Stay at least 6 feet away and limit interactions with sick individuals to less than 15 minutes if possible.
-Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
-If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-percent alcohol
-Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
-Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
-Make sure your flu shot is up to date.
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