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Airman Leon Guico, Left, 9th Medical Group (MDG) health administrator, and Senior Airman Christopher Miracle, 9th MDG optometry technician, guard the Entry Control Point (ECP) at the Clinic on Beale Air Force Base, California, Mar. 12, 2020. The ECP was set up at the Beale Clinic to protect Airmen and their families from the growing COVID-19 threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
Lynn Bergmann, 9th Medical Group (MDG) patient safety program coordinator, right, and Denise Ross, 9th MDG Patient Advocate, left, pose for a photo in front of the clinic’s marquee on Beale Air Force Base, California, March 11, 2020. National Patient Safety Week occurred from 8-14 March 2020.
Lynn Bergmann, 9th Medical Group (MDG) Patient Safety Program Coordinator, center, and Denise Ross, 9th MDG Patient Advocate, right, speak to an Airman about patient safety on Beale Air Force Base, California, March 11, 2020. Educating Beale personnel was one of several things Bergmann and Ross did to promote Patient Safety week.
A beaker of Liquid Oxygen (LOX) is stationed in a testing area at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 4, 2020. Airmen observe the beaker and the film of white paper inside to see and smell if the LOX has any discoloration, discrepancies or smell. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
A beaker of Liquid Oxygen (LOX) is stationed in a testing area at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 4, 2020. The beakers have a film of white paper inside to show if the LOX has any discoloration or discrepancies. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
A tray of beakers are stationed in a holding area to be used for testing Liquid Oxygen (LOX) at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 4, 2020. The beakers have a film of white paper inside to show if the LOX has any discoloration or discrepancies. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
Senior Airman Corey Walton, 9th Logistic Readiness Squadron (LRS) fuels facility operator, left, observes Airman 1st Class Brain Barrios, 9th LRS fuels operator, as he carefully handles Liquid Oxygen (LOX) at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 4, 2020. Airmen wear specialized protective equipment to comfortably manage LOX so they don’t get burned. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
Airman 1st Class Brain Barrios, 9th Logistic Readiness Squadron fuels operator, carefully holds a collected sample of Liquid Oxygen (LOX) to test at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 4, 2020. Inside the beaker is oxygen in liquid form. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
Airman 1st Class Brain Barrios, 9th Logistic Readiness Squadron fuels operator, uses a beaker to collect a sample of Liquid Oxygen (LOX) to test at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 4, 2020. Inside the beaker is oxygen in liquid form. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
Airman 1st Class Brain Barrios, 9th Logistic Readiness Squadron fuels operator, uses a beaker to collect a sample of Liquid Oxygen (LOX) to test at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 4, 2020. Airmen wear specialized protective equipment to comfortably manage LOX so they don’t get burned. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)

Chief's Corner

I am an American Airman

Too often I hear the statement, “The Air Force has no tradition…certainly not like the other services.” Or there’s the comment, “The Air Force changes everything all the time.  New uniforms, AFI’s, etc….how can we expect to maintain any heritage or tradition?”
I submit there is one decisive, deliberate, and motivating action each of us can take.  No matter the position you hold, the grade you wear, or if you are active duty, guard, reserve, retired, every single one of us can implement this small, yet powerful change today.  The change refers to a facet of our current culture.
Malcolm Gladwell speaks about culture change in his book, ‘Tipping Point’.  In his book, the author posits that even the smallest adjustments to habits, routines, or attitudes can have a significant impact on the culture or perception of an organization, population, or product.
Therefore, I challenge everyone to stop referring to members of our Air Force as ‘TROOPS’. 
According to Merriam-Webster, the primary definition of the word troop is:
a. A group of soldiers
b. A cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company
c. A flock of mammals or birds
I understand a definition is literal, however, there are two problems with the way we throw this term around to refer to our Airmen.  First, the word troop is actually plural…referring to a group of soldiers.  Lastly, and most poignantly, the word troop is actually rooted in a tradition and heritage of another service.  And before we start the “But Chief, we were born out of the Army” conversation, I would ask you to consider a few points. 
We were born out of the Army for a reason.  We fulfill several needs that no other organization can: to keep up with advancing technology and to take warfighting to an entirely different level, both geographically and mentally.  The Army and Navy were long-time competitors for military leadership and neither service thought that the other should take on the new tasks of strategic deterrence missions associated with the advent of the atomic bomb.  This, along with many other great reasons, is why our Air Force, and our AIRMEN were created.
Think about it.  The United States Air Force was created for some of the most sophisticated warfare challenges of the time. 
So, let’s continue the tradition born in 1947 and call each other what we truly are.  Please, call me Airman.

Chief Hall

 

 

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  • 530-634-8887
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  • 530-634-3000
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HPCON B+ Declaration

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BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA --

9 RW Commander Declaration of HPCON B+

The 9 RW Commander has directed Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Bravo with some additional measures from HPCON Charlie (HPCON “B+”) in response to COVID-19. Changes are highlighted; 

  • Strict hygiene measures (No hand-shaking, wipe common-use items)
  • Single entry control point and increased screening of patients at the 9th Medical Group
  • Social Distancing (Limit meetings, socials and mass gatherings)
    • Reduction of in-person meetings to 6 personnel or less, or VTC or dial in
    • Cancellation of visits by outside personnel
    • Cancellation of non-mission critical TDYs
  • Implementation of telework for telework-ready personnel IAW Office of the Under Secretary of Defense’s civilian personnel guidance
  • Prior to travel, review all COVID-19 Travel Alerts via websites below
  • If exposed, communicate symptoms or questions to 9 OMRS/Public Health Flight at 530-634-4945 (DSN: 368)

     

9 RW implementation of DoD Stop-Movement Guidance for Domestic PCS, TDY, and Leave, which is effective 16 March through 11 May 2020 and applies to DoD military and civilian personnel and their families on Beale AFB.

  • PCS movement is halted.
  • No new domestic TDY. Members on TDY orders are cleared to return back to Beale AFB
  • No non-local leave.
    • Local leave is in accordance w/ AFI and 9 RW, i.e. no mileage restrictions, but member should be within 8 hours drive. Commander’s discretion applies.
  • Members on non-local leave are directed to return back to base. Members should work with supervision to ensure a safe return

     

HPCON B+ measures are mandatory for Beale AFB service members and are highly encouraged for DoD civilian and contractor employees, and family members. These measures are required to ensure the health and safety for Recce Town service members, civilians and families.

Remain informed of COVID-19 symptoms and immediately contact the Public Health Flight at (530) 634-4945 [DSN 368] if you develop those symptoms, have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled from a CDC Travel Health Notice Level 2 or 3 country.

Implementation of additional measures from a higher HPCON will enhance Beale AFB’s COVID-19 response.  It does not, however, constitute a higher HCPON.  Expect updates to HPCON and additional guidance via Public Affairs & Beale Command Post (BCP).

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