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A Message...

 

A message from Rear Admiral Pat DeQuattro to the JIATFS Team and valued Partners

 

 
Message from RADM Pat DeQuattro on COVID-19

A COVID-19 message from Coast Guard Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, JIATFS Director, to the JIATFS Team and our valued partners.

Posted by Joint Interagency Task Force South on Monday, March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

 

Important Medical Phone Numbers

  • Military Health System FREE Nurse Advice Line:  800-TRICARE (800-874-2273 ) choose option 1
  • Florida Department of Health 24/7 COVID-19 Hotline:  866-779-6121 or COVID-19@flhealth.gov
  • Naval Branch Health Clinic Key West COVID-19 Hotline:  305-293-3925


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LOCAL RESOURCES

 

Latest DoD & COVID-19 News

Donald Perry, a Fort Bragg civilian employee who recently recovered from COVID-19, donates his plasma at the Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., May 7, 2020.
DOD Launches Effort to Collect 8,000 Units of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma
By | May 29, 2020
Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 may hold treatment in their veins that could help others who are critically ill with the respiratory infection. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Joint Base San Antonio Military & Family Readiness Centers are conducting virtual financial classes for installation members who have questions about or need help with their finances during these uncertain times.
JBSA M&FRCs offer virtual financial services in midst of pandemic
By David DeKunder | May 29, 2020
M&FRCs offer virtual financial classes on several topics, including budgeting, credit and debt management, savings and other areas of money management that are taught by a certified financial counselor.

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answers questions from service members, DOD civilians and family members regarding the department’s policies on COVID-19 during a virtual global town hall at the Pentagon, May 28, 2020.
Leaders Describe Lessons Learned From COVID-19 Risk Mitigation
By David Vergun | May 29, 2020
Some practices adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic have benefitted the troops and may be continued after the pandemic abates, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said.

Navy Capt. Ernan Obellos, left, outgoing commander of Defense Logistics Aviation-San Diego, relinquishes command to Navy Cmdr. Maxine Gardner during the passing of the flag as part of the virtual change of command ceremony held on Naval Base Coronado, San Diego, California, May 27, 2020 (Photo by Christopher Nette)
Virtual change of command ceremony celebrates leaders’ accomplishments from afar
By Natalie Skelton | May 29, 2020
Navy Capt. Ernan Obellos relinquished command of Defense Logistics Agency Aviation – San Diego to Navy Cmdr. Maxine Gardner in a virtual change of command ceremony May 27 on Naval Base Coronado. DLA Aviation Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. David Sanford, who is currently on a special assignment as Deputy of the COVID-19 Supply Chain Task Force with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, D.C., officiated the ceremony virtually from his office there.

Staff Sgt. Katelyn A. Shuttle speaks during a promotion ceremony April 30, 2020. Three enlisted Airmen in the Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division were promoted in a live-streamed ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland that drew an audience of colleagues and family members from across the nation.
Virtual promotion ceremony celebrates achievements in one JBSA-Lackland cyber security division
By Rachel Kersey | May 29, 2020
In the midst of advised social distancing, to minimize the spread of COVID-19, service members at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland continued a time-honored tradition of holding a promotion ceremony. The catch? They did it virtually. Three enlisted Airmen were promoted April 30 in a televised ceremony that drew an audience of colleagues and family members from across the nation.

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many people may be experiencing financial burdens they had not planned for. For participants in the federal Thrift Savings Plan, there may be an early withdrawal or loan option they can utilize to help ease their financial situation and the stress that comes with it.
TSP waives penalties for Coronavirus-related early withdrawals
By Lori A. Bultman | May 29, 2020
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many people may be experiencing financial burdens they had not planned for. For participants in the federal Thrift Savings Plan, there may be an early withdrawal or loan option they can utilize to help ease their financial situation and the stress that comes with it.

Air Force Lt. Col. Kimberly Morgan, 301st Medical Squadron aerospace family nurse practitioner, and Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jonique Young, 301st Fighter Wing religious affairs superintendent, pause for a moment before Morgan deploys in support of COVID-19 relief efforts from U.S. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas, April 22, 2020. Wearing masks and frequently washing hands are all part of COVID-19 self-care, experts say.
Medical Specialists Outline How to Deal With COVID-19 Stress
By Terri Moon Cronk | May 28, 2020
Handling the symptoms of stress and anxiety during the pandemic begins at home with self-care, a panel of medical experts said.

With safety at the forefront, Brooke Army Medical Center will begin a phased re-opening of primary and surgical care starting June 1.
With safety in mind, BAMC begins phased re-opening for primary, surgical care
By Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs | May 28, 2020
With safety at the forefront, Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston will begin a phased re-opening of primary and surgical care starting June 1.

Members of the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing and 108th Wing, pet Cole, a therapy dog at the Vineland Veterans Memorial Home in Vinewood, N.J., May 22, 2020. Cole is deployed to the home to assist staff in caring for the residents during the COVID-19 crisis.
Military Medical Experts Explore Psychological Impacts of COVID-19
By Terri Moon Cronk | May 28, 2020
Military medical experts expect the need for mental health care to increase because of stress, anxiety and other psychological symptoms during the pandemic.

Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, center, Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left, and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman Ramón “CZ” Colón-López answer questions regarding DOD policy on COVID-19 during a virtual global town hall at the Pentagon, May 28, 2020.
Leaders Describe Lessons Learned From COVID-19 Risk Mitigation
By David Vergun | May 28, 2020
Some practices adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic have benefitted the troops and may be continued after it abates, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said during a virtual town hall meeting.

Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman, Chief Management Officer Lisa Hershman and Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Matthew Donovan, hold a press briefing in the Pentagon Briefing Room May 26, 2020 to discuss COVID-19 travel restrictions and Pentagon updates.
DOD officials unveil COVID-related personnel, move guidance
By Jim Garamone | May 28, 2020
Defense Department officials outlined a conditions-based approach to relaxing the stop-movement order that has been in effect since early March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Contract Specialist Kenya Allamby found time during the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation’s Strategic Acquisition Programs Directorate’s culture climate group’s month long
“Get Out Challenge” keeps employees active, connected
By Leon Moore | May 28, 2020
Virtual workouts, picking strawberries, mountain walks and volunteering at a local food bank are activities McKesia Hester said took place during the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation’s Strategic Acquisition Programs Directorate’s “Get Out Challenge.”

Sgt. 1st Class Phelps (top) gives instructions on the Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT, on U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea, on May 14, 2020. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston said he expects the ACFT to continue implementing the ACFT across the service despite the COVID-19 conditions. Grinston added physical distancing measures will be used for the test.
SMA expects ACFT to continue as planned in COVID-19 environment
By Joe Lacdan | May 28, 2020
Despite some delays in fielding necessary equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army’s top enlisted leader believes the service will still successfully implement its new Army Combat Fitness Test.

Spc. Colton Fenton and Spc. Kellen Korf with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, operate a traffic control checkpoint at a two-day, pop-up COVID-19 testing site at West Middle School in Muscatine, Iowa, on April 30, 2020. More than 46,000 National Guard troops have been called to assist their state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many are now eligible for financial assistance from Army Emergency Relief.
AER expands assistance eligibility for Guard, Reserve
By Devon Suits | May 28, 2020
The Army Emergency Relief program recently expanded its assistance eligibility for Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers impacted by COVID-19 missions or policy.

Lt. Col. Maria Espiritu, a clinical laboratory officer, works at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 20 in support of the Department of Defense COVID-19 Response mission. Espiritu provides guidance to multiple clinical laboratories in the U.S. that provide testing for military medical professionals mobilized to support areas heavily impacted by COVID-19.
Medical Readiness Training Command Reserve laboratory officer in fight against COVID-19
By Sgt. 1st Class Michele Uitermarkt | May 27, 2020
"We have an obligation to the American people to keep our Soldiers healthy in order to serve in this fight, and I am proud to have been a part of that,"' said Lt. Col. Maria Espiritu, an Army Reserve clinical laboratory officer who oversees COVID-19 testing at multiple laboratories in the U.S. for mobilized military medical professionals.

The “new normal” for 5th Brigade Army ROTC programs is now virtual, just like many others across the nation. One example is the Army ROTC Battalion located at Texas State University in San Marcos, which commissioned 11 second lieutenants May 21 through a virtual commissioning ceremony.
5th Brigade Army ROTC hosts virtual commissioning ceremonies
By Danielle Avington | May 27, 2020
Through these unique times, the 5th Brigade Army ROTC at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston and their 36 ROTC Battalions in eight states continue to meet the mission.

Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman Ramon “CZ” Colon-Lopez answer questions during a virtual global town hall meeting at the Pentagon.
Top DOD Officials to Hold Virtual Town Hall Meeting
By | May 27, 2020
Join Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army Gen. Mark A. Milley and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman Ramón "CZ" Colón-López for a global virtual town hall meeting Thursday, May 28, at 9:30 a.m. when they will answer questions from service members, DOD civilians and family members about #COVID19.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) G. Travis Clifton, Brooke Army Medical Center’s chief of general surgery, poses in front of the Javits Convention Center in New York City, April 22, 2020. Clifton deployed to New York to help ease the burden on local hospitals by aiding COVID-19 and other patients at the Javits.
BAMC doctor returns to hero’s welcome after New York deployment
By Elaine Sanchez | May 27, 2020
Lt. Col. (Dr.) G. Travis Clifton returned to a hero’s welcome last week after a deployment unlike any he’d experienced in his 14-year Army career.

Navy Chief Petty Officer Marisol Swenney, left, and Navy Chief Petty Officer Roland Reyes, both assigned to the future USS Daniel Inouye, review a muster sheet during a crew swap as part of the next phase of recovery for the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd, May 18, 2020. The Navy re-tested the crew for COVID-19 and transferred nearly 90 confirmed healthy sailors from quarantine to the ship to replace the caretaker crew that has been aboard since the ship arrived in San Diego on April 28 The new caretaker crew will continue the strategic deep-cleaning regimen and provide essential services for the ship.
USS Kidd Transitions to Next Phase of COVID-19 Response
By | May 27, 2020
The guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd transitioned into the next phase of the Navy's aggressive response to the COVID-19 outbreak aboard the ship with the May 18 transfer of nearly 90 health sailors to relieve the caretaker crew that has been on the ship since its April 28 arrival in San Diego.

From left: Matthew Donovan, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness; Lisa W. Hershman, the Defense Department's chief management officer, and Jonathan Rath Hoffman, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, conduct a news briefing at the Pentagon, May 26, 2020.
DOD Officials Unveil COVID-Related Personnel, Move Guidance
By Jim Garamone | May 26, 2020
Defense Department officials outlined a conditions-based approach to relaxing the stop-movement order that has been in effect since early March due to the coronavirus pandemic.