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Medical Soldiers arrive to support San Antonio local hospitals during COVID-19
July 10, 2020
— Approximately 35 medical professionals from the 627th Hospital Center from Fort Carson, Colorado, recently arrived and have integrated into five San Antonio hospitals. These hospitals are Baptist Health Center, University Hospital, Methodist Metropolitan, Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center and Christus Westover Hills Medical Center...
JBSA members express views on diversity in military at July 1 forum
July 7, 2020
— Service members shared their personal experiences on topics including race, gender, and equality in the military, and what can be done to improve opportunities for everyone serving in the uniform, during a diversity forum at the Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Military and Family Readiness Center July 1...
'Strength of the Nation' assists wildland firefighting operations
July 2, 2020
— The primary mission of U.S. Army North is homeland defense, however, when requested, their forces may deploy to provide Defense Support to Civil Authorities for disasters and emergencies, such as wildland fires...
DOD updates travel restrictions, releases list of 'green locations'
June 9, 2020
— The Secretary of Defense recently signed a memo, moving to a conditions-based, phased approach to personnel movement and travel...
JBSA one of seven DOD installations named as sites for second round of 5G technology testing, experimentation
June 3, 2020
— Joint Base San Antonio has been named by the Department of Defense as one of seven U.S. military installations as the latest sites where it will conduct fifth-generation (5G) communications technology experimentation and testing...
DOD officials unveil COVID-related personnel, move guidance
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...
Questions on civilian leave during pandemic answered
April 27, 2020
— The Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, or SAF/AAR, has answered frequently asked questions regarding civilian employee use or lose leave usage and time off award extensions during the 2019 COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic...
AFIMSC enables Air, Space Force to meet COVID-19 challenges
April 21, 2020
— The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center is leading the effort to keep installations mission ready as the Air Force and Space Force continue operations while contending with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic...
AAFES supports ARNORTH, service members with mobile store at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston
April 13, 2020
— To provide necessities for service members and personnel who are supporting operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service opened a Mobile Field Exchange store at the Mission Training Complex at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 6. ...
DOD ramps up COVID-19 response efforts from coast to coast
April 11, 2020
— The coronavirus pandemic is slowing down a lot of things, but not the Defense Department’s medical apparatus, which is now operating from coast to coast to bring its medical expertise and capacity to bear on the medical crisis around the nation...
DOD continually examines, modifies COVID-19 response
April 4, 2020
— The Defense Department is adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic and leaders at all levels are looking at resources, processes and personnel needed to fight the virus, said Jonathan Rath Hoffman, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, during a Pentagon news conference April 3...
Military OneSource, family and spouse programs still available
March 30, 2020
— Military OneSource is a Department of Defense-funded program that is both a call center and website that provides comprehensive information, support, and resources on every aspect of military life...
DOD establishes task force to meet U.S. medical equipment needs
March 27, 2020
— The Defense Department has established a joint task force to deal with daily requests the department is receiving for medical and personal protective equipment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security, and others...
DOD releases overseas stop movement order in response to COVID-19
March 26, 2020
— Building upon previously enacted movement restrictions governing foreign travel, permanent change of station moves, temporary duty and personal leave, this stop movement order will also impact exercises, deployments, redeployments and other global force management activities. Approximately 90,000 service members slated to deploy or redeploy over the next 60 days will likely be impacted by this stop movement order...
Defense health officials detail COVID-19 aid effort
March 20, 2020
— Senior Department of Defense health officials detailed what the department is doing to support the whole-of-government assault on the coronavirus pandemic...
DOD poised to provide masks, ventilators, labs for coronavirus fight
March 18, 2020
— The Defense Department will make available up to 5 million respirator masks and other personal protective equipment from its strategic reserves to the Department of Health and Human Services for distribution, DOD Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said during a news conference at the Pentagon March 18, adding that the first million masks would be made available immediately...
Air Force BMT, technical and flying training mission essential, to continue with mitigation
March 17, 2020
— The Department of Defense response to the coronavirus outbreak continues to be dynamic and policy may quickly change, but as of March 17, U.S. Air Force's basic military training, technical training and flying training operations have been deemed mission essential and will continue with mitigation for COVID-19, Air Education and Training Command announced...
DOD issues flexible instructions on response to Coronavirus
March 10, 2020
— The Department of Defense issued memos responding to the need for operations to continue during the outbreak. The DOD documents build on messages from the Office of Personnel Management issued March 7...
JBSA Employment Readiness Programs offer support to career seekers
February 24, 2020
— Finding a job can be difficult, especially for transitioning military members, spouses and dependents, but the Employment Readiness Programs at Joint Base San Antonio Military & Family Readiness Centers are a good place to start...
Military health system changes focus on readiness
February 21, 2020
— The Military Health System is implementing significant reforms aimed at building a more integrated and effective system of readiness and health, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said Feb. 19...