WPAFB responds to COVID-19 pandemic


Submitted photo Traffic flows through Gate 12A onto Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Traffic may be slower due to the change to Health Protection Condition Bravo.

Submitted photo Traffic flows through Gate 12A onto Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Traffic may be slower due to the change to Health Protection Condition Bravo.


WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Col. Tom Sherman, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, addressed the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base workforce on COVID-19 March 12 during a live Facebook town hall meeting.

The town hall was the first of weekly COVID-19 updates that Sherman and his team will conduct to ensure the most accurate and up to date information is relayed.

Installation leaders later came together to evaluate the current conditions with COVID-19.

“The situation is rapidly changing and evolving so we are doing a continual round of assessments and analysis to make the right decisions for the installation,” said Sherman.

Sherman stated along with DoD and Air Force directives, they will stay in lock and step with the local and state guidance.

Col. Michael Foutch, 88th Medical Center commander, stated that they are working closely with the Center for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health to monitor COVID-19 developments.

Due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base went into Health Protection Bravo to elevate awareness.

To protect the health and safety of the 88th Security Forces entry control defenders and the Wright-Patt community entering the installation, CAC/ID cards will no longer be handed to the defender upon entering the base. Drivers are to hold their card and show the back barcode to the defender to scan. Once scanned and verified, the defender will give instruction to proceed.

“Misinformation is our greatest enemy and that is why we want to share this information with you,” said Sherman. “Keeping a line of communication open with you is crucial. Know that we are going to make prudent decisions to ultimately do the best we can to protect the people that live and work on Wright-Patterson and that is our primary responsibility.”

To stay abreast of the latest information on COVID-19, go to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s COVID-19 information page at www.wpafb.af.mil/corona/, which is continuously updated as new information is being received.

Details for the Facebook town hall meeting will be forthcoming. Viewers can submit questions to 88abw.pa@us.af.mil or can go to Wright-Patt’s COVID-19 information page to see if your questions have been addressed in the Coronavirus questions and answers.

Submitted photo Traffic flows through Gate 12A onto Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Traffic may be slower due to the change to Health Protection Condition Bravo.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2020/03/web1_160420-F-AL359-1020.jpgSubmitted photo Traffic flows through Gate 12A onto Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Traffic may be slower due to the change to Health Protection Condition Bravo.