On Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern for the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. On Jan. 31, 2020, the secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency in the United States and announced new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The current epidemic, which originated in mainland China, has demonstrated the capacity of COVID-19 to spread globally. While supporting other government agencies’ response to the COVID-19 threat, the Department of the Air Force is responding appropriately to protect the health of the force and maintain operational readiness.
All JBLM senior leaders continue to increase protection measures on base to keep service members, families, civilian employees and others safe as the COVID-19 virus spreads.
Updates on local COVID-19 impacts with 62nd Airlift Wing
Updates on local COVID-19 impacts on JBLM
Updates on local COVID-19 impacts at Madigan Army Medical Center
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Notice: TRICARE MHS Nurse Advice Line: 1-800-874-2273, option
Washington State Employment Security Department has information for workers and businesses affected by COVID-19. Information updated frequently at https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19.
Department of Labor published questions concerning COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act. If you or your employees are out with the flu or are caring for ill family members, check with the Department of Labor (DOL) for information on whether such leave is covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the FMLA, covered employers must provide employees job-protected, unpaid leave for specified family and medical reasons, which may include the flu where complications arise. Employees on FMLA leave are entitled to the continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms as existed before they took FMLA leave. You can find answers and more at www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fmla/pandemic.
The Small Business Administration offers multiple funding relief options to small businesses.On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. Visit - https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options - for more information.
The U.S. Department of Labor's unemployment insurance programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own and meet certain other eligibility requirements. https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/unemployment-insurance
Paid Family and Medical Leave is a new benefit for Washington workers. It’s here for you when a serious health condition prevents you from working or when you need time to care for a family member, bond with a new child or spend time with a family member preparing for military service overseas. https://paidleave.wa.gov/
There has never been a better time to sign up with MilitaryOneSource! Opening an account is free and in addition to the latest Coronavirus information, they have 24/7 non-medical counseling, 24/7 financial counseling (in case you want to access this service in the middle of the night). Visit https://www.militaryonesource.mil for available resources.
Joint Service Support, Camp Murray has a food bank, and if granted, have emergency financial assistance available. The JSS is located on Camp Murray, Bldg. 3. 253-512-3397. You can query food banks by zip code also.
Military OneSource provides free, online resources to service members and their families via the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library. You’ll find eBooks and audiobooks on virtually every topic, as well as databases and reference books that can help you learn a new skill, keep kids engaged and serve as a homework source, or prepare you to land your next job.
Unmet Needs offers government funded grant up to $1500 for financial assistance - www.vfw.org / 866-789-6333 (M-F 0815-1630 CST)
USA Cares provides a government funded grant (max limit unknown). Online application required. Two-day around time for decision. Visit www.usacares.org or 800-773-0387 (M-F 0800-1700) for more information.
Operation Homefront offers critical financial assistance. Visit www.operationhomefront.org or call 877-264-3968 for more information.
Air Force Aid Society provides assistance for Reservists on orders. Call 703-972-2650 for more information.
The PenFed Foundation has a one-time grant available up to $1,500. **NO Federal endorsement intended with this post.**
The Emergency Red Cross advises contacting a local Red Cross to see if there are emergency funds available. If not, they can advise if there are any local resources available to members.
Below are many different Professional Development and Training Opportunities you can complete to expand your career and job knowledge. If you complete Professional Development or training module, please provide a copy of the course completion certificate to your Unit Training Manager.
Air Force e-Learning
Microsoft Courses: Learn how sharpen your Microsoft products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Each CBT takes an average of an hour. https://usafprod.skillport.com/skillportfe/main.action?path=browsecatalog/en-us/_fcpaths_L1VuaXRlZF9TdGF0ZXNfQWlyX0ZvcmNlX0NvbnRlbnRfQ2F0YWxvZ182bGMyL2N1c3RvbS1nMDAwMTU2ODcvTWljcm9zb2Z0T2ZmaWNlMjAxNg.._fcpathe_#browse/16479828-07e6-428b-8166-c36357978c19
General Air Force Knowledge
YouTube Podcasts and Leadership videos
Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF) Professional Reading List
General Ronald Fogleman created the CSAF Professional Reading Program in 1996 to develop a common frame of reference among Air Force members -- officers, enlisted, and civilians -- to help each of us become better, more effective advocates of air and space power. Each CSAF since has enhanced and continued the Professional Reading Program. https://static.dma.mil/usaf/csafreadinglist/index.html
The Blue Grit Podcast
The Blue Grit Podcast features conversations with current and former military leaders, mental health experts, elite athletes, veterans and other individuals who have overcome significant adversity. Each podcast will highlight tactics, techniques and procedures guests used to overcome profound challenges and how those TTPs may be employed to help current Airmen deal with their struggles. As a corollary, podcast will increase awareness of psychological health and assist in de-stigmatizing mental illness, normalize Airmen’s own struggles and internalize the message of hope and recovery. All episodes are also available on i-Tunes, SoundCloud, and Spotify.
Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC)
AFVEC offers a wide array of online services to empower you to actively participate in all aspects of your education to include the creation and management of online Tuition Assistance (TA). https://afvec.us.af.mil/afvec/Home.aspx
Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)
AF COOL provides a one-stop for Airmen to explore credentials recognized by the civilian community that can enhance Airmen's current performance in their AF job and civilian employment. https://afvec.us.af.mil/afvec/Public/COOL/Default.aspx
Air Force Culture and Language Center
The Air Force Culture and Language Center creates and executes language, region and cultural learning programs for Total Force Airmen, and provides the Service with the subject matter expertise required to institutionalize these efforts. https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/AFCLC/
Airmen Focused Training Videos (AFTV)
This innovative space is for Airmen to view AFTV content, collaborate with the AFTV core team and positively impact their organization by harnessing a new way to communicate. To succeed, this forum is For Airmen, By Airmen dedicated to creating videos at the point of need to provide a visual representation of a required task (either from Air Force Instruction or Technical Order). The bridge between qualification and proficiency. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/groups/aftv
Military Community Support Programs (MCSP) provides the following COVID-19 update for the Military and Family Life Counseling (MFLC) Program:
Due to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, face-to-face support is no longer a viable option for non-medical counseling delivery in many areas.
Accordingly, MFLCs and Child and Youth Behavioral MFLCs (CYB-MFLCs) will be able to temporarily provide telehealth services to our military community. These services include telephonic and video non-medical counseling in areas where face-to-face support is restricted due to COVID-19. We are pleased to announce this temporary capability to provide continuity of care in local communities.
Thank you for continuing to providing installation and facility closure information as we work through the implementation of this new telehealth model. Our team will identify locations to implement MFLC telehealth services as we receive closure updates. Initial telehealth sessions will start by the end of the week, March 27.
The model of MFLC and CYB-MFLC telehealth and continued face-to-face support is below. Support for Adults:
Support for Children and Youth:
OSD will collaborate with MFLC contractors on the use of technology for non-medical counseling support during this temporary period of social distancing. Updates will follow throughout the week.
If there are any questions please contact your local Airman and Family Readiness Office.
U.S. Government Response
COVID-19 Task Force - White House
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
CDC Travel Advisories
Department of Defense
Coronavirus - Main Page
Travel Restrictions FAQs
Domestic Travel Restrictions - Stop Movement
Local Public Health Departments
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
King County Health Department
Thurston County Health Department
Washington State Health Department
U.S. Air Force
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)