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The Commissary on Beale Air Force Base California, Mar. 23, 2020. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Jason W. Cochran)
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)

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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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Recce Town restrictions to fight COVID-19

The Commissary on Beale Air Force Base

The Commissary on Beale Air Force Base California, Mar. 23, 2020. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Jason W. Cochran)

Beale Air Force Base, Calif. --

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions have been put on the access to Recce Town and the use of some of its facilities, namely the commissary and the Base Exchange (BX).

 

These restrictions have been put in place to maintain positive quality of life standards for active duty members while still providing retirees access to facilities they earned from their dedicated service.

 

While these restrictions might inconvenience some members of the Beale community, Recce Town leadership made these decisions with an underlying priority.

 

“The priority is the health and the warfighting readiness of our Recce Town teammates,” said Dustin L. Hall, 9th Reconnaissance Wing (RW) command Chief Master Sergeant. “That’s the underlying foundation in every decision, discussion and action that’s taken here on Beale.”

 

Some of the actions taken at the commissary and the BX are 100% ID checks, limiting the amount of certain items that can be bought at once and limiting the number of people allowed in either building to allow for adequate social distancing, said Col. Shannon Juby, 9th Mission Support Group commander.

 

Additionally, the commissary and the BX will restrict who they service on certain days.

 

“Only military members and their dependents will have access to the commissary and BX on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” said Col. Andy Clark, 9th RW commander. “All personnel with normal base access and facility privileges may use the facilities on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. With these constraints, we will ensure our warfighters have uninterrupted access to the resources they need.”

 

Another measure put in place to protect Beale’s readiness is limiting access to the base itself. Entry access letters (EAL) and base passes will only be given on a limited basis to those without base access. Current EALs and pass approvals are unaffected. EALs can still be received due to hardships or mission essential needs.

 

“We must take this seriously if we are to contain COVID-19 at a level manageable by our national health care system,” said Clark. “So far, we’re enjoying tremendous success in that endeavor. With everyone’s personal discipline and helpful attitude, we will win.”

 

If you've been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or believe you may have it, please call Public Health at (530) 634-4945 rather than going to the clinic.

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