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NEWS | March 12, 2021

Feedback Fridays

By Brig. Gen. Caroline M. Miller 502d Air Base Wing Commander

Feedback Fridays is a weekly forum that aims to connect the 502d Air Base Wing with members of the Joint Base San Antonio community. Questions are collected during commander’s calls, town hall meetings and throughout the week.

If you have a question or concern, please send an email to using the subject line “Feedback Fridays.” Questions will be further researched and published as information becomes available.

Q. I was told to wear my mask while I was jumping rope at the JBSA-Lackland Warhawk Fitness Center.

I disagree with this requirement/policy because of the physical effort required for me, a 64-year-old person, to jump rope.

A. Thank you for your question about masks.

In addition to already identified Department of Defense exceptions for mask wear, the Air Force Guidance on Use of Masks released Feb. 16, 2021, does include the exception to wearing a mask while actively participating in physical fitness activities, either indoors or outdoors, as long as either proper physical distancing is maintained or additional measures are implemented to mitigate the threat of transmission.

Additionally, a patron does not have to wear a mask when underlying health conditions that prohibit the wear of a face covering exist, and the individual is in possession of medical documentation from a health care provider outlining that condition.