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39th ABW COVID-19 Announcement
AFN Incirlik
March 18, 2020 | 2:22
39th ABW COVID-19 Announcement from Command Team: Colonel Oakland And Command Chief Master Sergeant Roxberry.
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COVID-19 Information

The 39th Air Base Wing is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully to ensure the safety of our community members. Wing leadership will keep you informed as the situation develops.

As of May 11, 2020, there have been ZERO COVID-19 confirmed cases for any US Service Members, civilians, or family members at Incirlik Air Base.

Click here for 39th Air Base Wing Commander Col. Randy Oakland's announcement of facility closures around Incirlik Air Base.

You can email the Commander's Action Line with questions.

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Coronavirus Covid-19 – Who is most at risk?  While every person who comes in direct contact with the Coronavirus is at risk for infection, not everyone will have the same results. When the virus gains entry into the body, it can establish an infection in the upper and lower respiratory tracts—nose, throat, and airways. It has been found that greater than 50 percent of people who come in contact with the virus have no symptoms, and in at least one study, that number was increased from 50 percent to 80 percent of infected people who do not display any signs of illness. However, there is a percentage of the population that does get symptoms, and those symptoms can sometimes be severe. So, in general, who is at risk for significant illness due to COVID-19?

The medical community has determined that the most severe cases of illness share some common underlying risk factors. These factors are grouped by what reduces the ability to fight the infection, how one’s body can cope with changes caused by the infection, or how the infection affects the circulation. Unfortunately, as we age, many of our internal organs lose some of their natural capacity to adapt to changes brought on by infection. Hardening of the arteries, reduced lung volume, reduced ability of the kidneys and liver to filter the blood of harmful substance—these are the natural events of aging. They are also individually and collectively risk factors for severe infection and prolonged recovery time. A review of the data on severe cases showed marked worsening for those over the age of 65, persons with chronic lung diseases, serious heart conditions, and diabetes. Additionally, obesity is a significant risk factor, along with its associated risk factors such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Finally, any congenital or acquired condition that impacts the immune system—such as cancer of the blood, smoking, and HIV—has been associated with significant health risks from infection.

So, while we are all equally likely to get an infection if exposed ... we are not all equally likely to have serious symptoms. The best thing you can do to help yourself and your coworkers is to stay vigilant about exposure risks. Wash your hands frequently, cover your coughs, do not go to work if you are sick, and frequently clean common contact areas like door knobs. Prevention is the key to gaining control of this pandemic. While professionals are diligently working on vaccine trials and a variety of treatments, none are currently approved by the FDA for use in the military.  

We are all in this together, and are together strong.

     Your medical group commander and proud to be a Titan Medic,
     Col (Dr.) Keegan M. Lyons, MD MPH FACAP
     Pathologist/ Occupational Medicine

base changes

The Barbershop and  Stylique Beauty Salon are open

- All services are available by appointment only.

- Barbershop DSN:  676-3087;  commercial:  0322-316-3087

- Stylique DSN:  676-6093;  commercial:  0322-316-6093

Click here for current grooming standards during this time.

AAFES concessionaires will cease operations until further notice.

A BaseFix representative will be at the BX on Saturdays to assist customers.

New shoppette hours will be 0700-1900 daily.

New Pizza Hut and BunD hours will be 1030-1930 daily. There is no change to the hours of Burger King.

The 39th Force Support Squadron has implemented the following changes as of March 27.

-  All food services are take out/delivery only (Sultan's Inn & PV DFAC, Roadhouse Grill)

-  Auto Hobby Shop - one customer at a time

-  Big City Bowl and Club Complex - facilities are closed EXCEPT for restaurant areas (take out only)

-  Community Center - open for arts & crafts pickup. Computer Café access by appointment (676-6966)

-  Education and Training - by appointment only (676-3211)

-  Fabric Care - Open

-  Hodja Inn - open for mission essential lodging

-  Golf course - closed. No walk-ons

-  MPF & civilian personnel - appointment only

-  Post office - delayed mail delivery. Outbound mail drop off is only open Monday - Wednesday

Prevention Measures

The following procedures have been implemented for Incirlik Air Base in accordance with HPCON C measures:

-  From now on every member MUST have an appointment before they visit the clinic.

-  Maximize telework or alternate work schedules and only conduct in-person, mission-essential meetings with the fewest required personnel.

-  Adhere to strict hygiene (no hand-shaking, frequent hand-washing, clean common-use items).

-  Implement physical distancing (remain 6 feet distance and limit gatherings to less than 10 people).

-  Restaurants are now take out/delivery only. There will no longer be self-serve options at the facilities.

All members that are placed on quarters MUST be reported to public health.       

Continue to practice the following guidelines to help mitigate the possible spread of the virus.

-  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

-  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

-  Stay home when you are sick - report quarters to public health.

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 wipe.

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 unavailable, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

what to do

IF you have a fever and one of the symptoms of respiratory illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath)
AND meet ONE of the following criteria:

·         Travelled to an affected region in the last 14 days

·         Been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days

 

THEN - please stay home and call the DoD Nurse Advice Line at:

·         From a DSN line: 676-6666, option 1

·         From a Turkish cell phone: 0322-316-6666, option 1

·         From a US cell phone: 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273), option 1, then option 2

 

You can also reach out to your healthcare provider through TRICARE Online Secure Messaging:

https://tricare.mil/securemessage

DO NOT walk into the medical group seeking an appointment if feeling symptoms. Call the DoD Nurse Advice Line FIRST.

Travel restrictions

For the most current information regarding official travel, visit MyPers (CAC required).

31 March 2020:  The Department of State has issued a Level 4 travel advisory. All international travel should be avoided. For more information, click here.

13 March 2020:  DoD Travel Restriction FAQs, click here.

11 March 2020:  Secretary of Defense DoD Travel Restrictions memo, click here

21 April 2020:  MyPers Stop Movement Guidance, click here

fitness assessment guidance

Effective 17 March 2020, all Official Fitness Assessment Testing is cancelled until June 2020.

  • Members who are due for their Official Fitness Assessment in March will test in 6 months, September 2020
  • Members who are due for their Official Fitness Assessment in April will test in 6 months, October 2020
  • Members who are due for their Official Fitness Assessment in May will test in 6 months, November 2020

FACs must ensure that AFMMS II is updated to reflect a Commander Composite Exemption on each member who is due for their Official Fitness Assessment in March, April and May. FACs must also ensure the expiration dates reflect the same due dates indicated above to prevent members going into a non-current status.

Fitness Testing will resume on 1 June 2020 unless further guidance is published. For more information, click here.

military members/families faqs

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A01. You can email the Commander's Action Line for links to up to date information.

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Q02. What does stop movement mean?

A02. The directive stops movement for 60 days, effective 13 March 2020, for all forms of official travel for uniformed personnel, civilian personnel and family members traveling to, from, or through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notices Level 3 (COVID-19) locations. This includes all forms of official travel including PCS, TDY, and government funded leave. For DoD uniformed members, this also includes personal leave and other non-official travel. Airmen traveling should carefully plan travel to ensure their scheduled flights do not transit through or originated in Level 3 designated locations.

A03. Airmen who departed their last duty base and are enroute to their gaining base must immediately contact their chain of command and their losing MPF by whatever means available.  Airmen will not proceed until Stop Movement is lifted.  Airmen who do not desire to take leave enroute will receive further guidance from AFPC through their losing MPF.  At that time, Airmen will be placed in a TDY hold status. Airmen placed on TDY hold are not entitled to a rental vehicle, but are authorized TDY per diem. Airmen electing to proceed on their scheduled leave enroute to locations not impacted by Stop Movement may proceed with the understanding if Stop Movement is not terminated by the time their projected leave is over, the MPF Relocations Section, after consulting with AFPC, will provide additional guidance on a case-by-case basis, and to ensure Airmen are not inappropriately charged additional leave.

A04. Airmen who have out-processed but not departed the local area will remain in place until Stop Movement is terminated. Airmen electing to proceed on their scheduled leave enroute to leave locations not impacted by Stop Movement may proceed with the understanding if Stop Movement is not terminated by the time their projected leave is over, the MPF Relocations Section, after consulting with AFPC, will provide additional guidance on a case-by-case basis.

A05. Airmen projected TDY to a Stop Movement location will not proceed on TDY.  Airmen enroute or currently at a TDY location impacted by Stop Movement will remain in-place until further guidance or Stop Movement is terminated. 

A06. Employees in these circumstances are not eligible for weather and safety leave. Employees under these circumstances must still account for work and non-work hours during his or her tour of duty and take appropriate leave (paid or unpaid) to account for time spent away from normal work-related duties (e.g., to care for a child or dependent). Employees who are not telework program participants may use annual leave or other paid time off, such as accrued compensatory time or credit hours. In locations where such programs have been approved for use, supervisors may authorize alternative work schedules (compressed or flexible work schedules) that provide for flexible work days and/or work hours.

A07. No. Sick leave would be used to cover such a period of sickness, as provided in 5 CFR 630.401(a)(2). Sick leave must be granted when an illness, such as COVID-19, prevents an employee from performing work.

A08. Yes. However, while sick leave may be advanced at an agency’s discretion, it is not an employee entitlement. The sick leave regulations allow an employee to be advanced sick leave for exposure to a quarantinable communicable disease, subject to the limitations below:
- 240 hours (30 days) may be advanced if the employee would jeopardize the health of others by his or her presence on the job because of exposure to a quarantinable communicable disease;
- 104 hours (13 days) may be advanced if the employee is providing care for a family member who would jeopardize the health of others by his or her presence in the community because of exposure to a quarantinable communicable disease.

A09. An employee, covered by a telework agreement, may request to telework with the permission of the supervisor. Supervisors may authorize telework to telework eligible employees to provide additional flexibility for employees. For employees who are not currently covered by a telework agreement, supervisors may also consider whether an employee has some portable duties (e.g., reading reports; analyzing documents and studies; preparing written letters, memorandums, reports and other correspondence; setting up conference calls, or other tasks that do not require the employee to be physically present), that would allow him/her to work on a situational basis. An ad-hoc telework agreement should be signed to cover the period the employee is permitted to work from the approved alternate location (e.g., home).

An employee may also request to take annual leave, advanced annual leave, other paid time off (e.g., earned compensatory time off, earned credit hours), or leave without pay. Weather and safety leave is not authorized in this scenario. The use of sick leave would be limited to circumstances where an employee has become symptomatic (ill) due to a quarantinable communicable disease, such as COVID-19.

 

 

A10. To mitigate community transmission and protect vulnerable populations, DoD Components may be advised to implement social distancing strategies. Such strategies include the use of telework, teleconferences, and flexible work schedules (e.g., schedules that provide for flexible work days and/or work hours).

39th ABW covid-19 guidance

The latest guidance on physical distancing and grooming standards for the 39th Air Base Wing, as of April 2, can be found here.

Personnel working on base who are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from others are now required to wear face masks. The masks are to be used per wing commander policy. Military members will only wear black, brown, coyote brown, tan, sage, olive green, or current OCP or ABU-pattern material. There will be no text or additional marking allowed on the masks.

Click here for instructions from the CDC on how to make sewn and no sew face coverings.

aafes hours May 16-19

May 15-17

Burger King, Bun-D, Pizza Hut:  11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Cansu Café:  9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Closed Sunday)

Golf Course closed. No walk-ons

 

facebook live town halls

Follow Incirlik Air Base-Turkey on Facebook to find out when leadership hosts live town halls to answer YOUR questions related to the wing's response to COVID-19.

Click on the dates below to see what you missed in the previous town halls.

March 28

April 4

mental health appointments

If your existing mental health appointment was cancelled due to recent changes in the medical group's daily operations, or you are in need of mental health services, please contact 676-6452 during their new business hours, Mon.-Fri. 0800-1300.

more information

AFPC assignments FAQs as of April 10, click here
For the latest information from USAFE-AFAFRICA, click here
For any other travel information outside of EUCOM, click here
For information from MyPers, click here
For more information from the CDC on COVID-19, click here
For information from usa.gov, click here
For information on WAPS testing guidance, click here

incirlik helping agencies

39 ABW helping agencies remain committed to providing assistance to airmen and their families throughout the COVID-19 response. While the helping agencies will temporarily limit workplace visits, they will remain open to provide support and assistance. If you or a fellow Airman needs assistance, please contact any of the helping agencies using the following means:

Official helping agencies site

** WhatsApp capable

  • Emergencies (24 hours):

      T-Mobile / Turkcell: 0322-316-0112

      Sprint / AT&T / Verizon: 011-90-322-316-0112

      DSN: 676-0112

  • Area Defense Council

      DSN: 676-9920

      +90-322-316-9920

  • Chaplain:

      24-Hr Response: +90-549-821-4036 **   

      DSN: 676-6441

  • Equal Opportunity (EO):

      DSN: 676-6210

      24-Hr Response: +90-549-821-4359/4357 **

      Email: 39ABW.EO@us.af.mil

  • Inspector General (IG):

      24-Hr Response: +90-549-821-4043 / 4053 / 4081 **

      39ABW.IG@us.af.mil

      DSN: 676-8448

      Email: 39ABW.IG@us.af.mil

  • Mental Health:

      DSN: 676-6452 (7 days a week 0800-1300)

  • Airman & Family Readiness Center):

      Cell: +90-549-821-4462

      DSN: 676-6755

  • Nurse Advice Line (24 hours):

      DSN: 676-6666 Option 3

      1-800-TRICARE9874-2274) option 1, then option 2

     TRICARE Secure Messaging (use Google Chrome)

  • Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC):

      24-Hr Response Commercial:  +90-549-821-4599 **

      DSN:  676-7272

      Facebook Messenger: "Incirlik SAPR"

      Email: 39ABW.SARC@us.af.mil

  • Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC):

​     WhatsApp:  404-449-7584

     Zoom Walk-ins:  https://centene.zoom.us/j/2169002606

     Email:  carlotta.r.pender@healthnet.com