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Goodfellow AFB commander declares public health emergency, limits personnel movement

United States Air Force Col. Andres Nazario said the command team has "taken key and decisive actions" to protect base personnel.
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GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Goodfellow Air Force Base commander Col. Andres Nazario declared a public health emergency and limited movement for military personnel Tuesday, March 24.

The base has been in health protection condition (HPCON) Bravo since March 19, according to a press release. 

The installation command team and the public health emergency officer will coordinate activities and share information with state and local officials responsible for public health and public safety to ensure its response is appropriate for the public health emergency.

“We have taken key and decisive actions to protect our base population,” Col. Andres Nazario, 17th Training Wing commander, said in the release. “I am fully aware that these decisions affect you at a very personal level, but they have been taken to protect your health and safety.”

Limited movement restrictions have been implemented for military personnel allowing movement to and from Goodfellow and leaving residences for essential needs.

Essential needs are defined in the release as obtaining medicine, food, household supplies and repair materials, laundry and dry cleaning services, pet supplies, seeing a doctor or other medical provider (to include transporting a dependent or pet for medical care), automotive supplies and repairs, to obtain gas or electricity to fuel a vehicle, and caring for a relative who lives in a separate household.

Exercising outside, such as walking, running, hiking, bicycle riding or taking a pet outside are also permitted and encouraged. When exercising outside, guidelines on social distancing with people outside households must be adhered to, while all other movements are prohibited.

In an effort to protect all GAFB personnel, Tier 1 Limited Base Access is now in effect.

This tier dictates the following: TIER 1 (restricted access): New visitor pass requests are permitted only for official business. Pass requests will be submitted through a sponsoring unit commander for validation and forwarded to the Security Forces Visitor Control Center. Contractors, veterans identification card (VIC) holders, military retirees and dependents are authorized base access.

“Your health, safety and security are our top priority. We will continue to ensure the men and women of the 17th Training Wing have the latest information on the appropriate measures to prevent the potential spread of this virus,” Chief Master Sgt. Lavor Kirkpatrick, 17th Training Wing command chief, said in the release.

There are currently no positive cases of COVID-19 on Goodfellow Air Force Base.

"We continue to urge everyone to use proper hygiene practices to limit the spread of the disease," the release stated.

For the most current and up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit goodfellow.af.mil/Covid-19-Information/.