COVID-19 Cases at Keesler AFB: 3 (as of 27 Mar 2020)
Concerned about your health as it relates to COVID-19?
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AAEFS Food Court
Auto Hobby Shop - Closed until further notice
BBEC Club – Closure includes Pressed, Second Floor Café, Third Floor Lounge and “Club V” at Vandenberg Commons
BBEC Indoor Play Place – Closed until further notice
CDC - Closed through 3 April. Re-opening date will be evaluated each week by Keesler leadership based on the latest COVID-19 information.
"Parent University: In-home Care Series" Facebook Live Events Wednesday 25 Mar at 1 p.m. "Topic: Healthy and Safe Environments"; Thursday 26 Mar at 1 p.m. "Topic: Cognitive Development and Physical Development." More information forthcoming on discoverkeesler.com and the 81st Force Support Squadron Facebook.
Dragon Wagon – Closed
Fantasy Donuts – Closed
Fitness Assessment Cell (FAC) – PT testing is canceled until June 2020. Members who are due in March will test in Sept, April will test in October and May will test in November.
Fitness Centers (Blake, Dragon, and Triangle) – Closed
Gas Station Barber Shop - Closed
Gaude Lanes Bowling Center – Closed Until further notice but food operations will open on 23 Mar via call ahead orders. Phone credit card payment required. Menu is on discoverkeesler.com under the “Food” Menu, then “11th Frame”. Ph. 228-377-2036; 0630-0900 (Breakfast); 1100-1300 (Lunch)
Bay Breeze Golf Course - Closed until further notice
Hospital Subway Cart - Closed
ITT – Closed until further notice
McBride Commons – Closed until further notice. Closure includes all activities including Arts & Crafts and InkHouse Printing
Outdoor Rec – Closed until further notice
Triangle Barber Shop - Closed
Vandenberg Commons – Closed until further notice. Closure includes the “Drop Zone” and Digital Library
Welch Theater - Closed
Youth Center - Closed through 3 April. Re-opening date will be evaluated each week by Keesler leadership based on the latest COVID-19 information.
Wall Studio - Closed. Call 228-377-3604 for mission critical support
Legal Office – Until further notice, the legal office will be offering emergency legal assistance to active duty members only, on a case-by-case basis. This limitation applies to both attorney appointments and to front desk services (Powers of attorney, tax exemption forms, notary services, etc.). All regular walk-in and front desk hours are cancelled.
MS GOVERNOR TATE REEVES HAS ANNOUNCED THAT ALL MISSISSIPPI SCHOOLS, BY EXECUTIVE ORDER, WILL REMAINED CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 17TH
AAEFS Food Court - To go Only
FOCUS COVID-19 Update: Did you know that FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) is available at a distance? While FOCUS Keesler is not physically in the office, we are still here for you! We can provide our same quality services from a distance through TeleFOCUS – all you need is an internet connection and a computer/tablet with a webcam. FOCUS provides consultations and personalized training for families and couples. We can support your family through teaching practical skills to manage stress and uncertainty, be it related to military life, the COVID-19 pandemic, and/or family life in general. The program is free, confidential, and interactive. Learn more by visiting our website focusproject.org or reach out to us at Keesler@focusproject.org!
Civilian Personnel Office – Open by appointment and for telephone/email consult 0800-1500 (ph. 376-8325/8389)
Education Office - Open by appointment and for telephone consult (ph. 376-8708); Formal training (ph. 376-8159)
Firestone - Mon-Sat 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Keesler Exchange (Reducing hours March 27 to Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) - Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Military personnel in uniform only 0800-0900. Starting 23 March - dedicated register for Uniformed Service members during normal hours. Concessionaires:
Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) – Open by appointment and for telephone/email consult Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (228-376-8728) For Transition Program (TAP), initial counseling will be conducted via email and telephone; pre-separation counseling will occur in person, but is limited to 8 people per session and attendees must be schedules to separate/retire in 2020. TAP week will be provided to members with separation/retirement dates in the next 90 days via the virtual (Joint Knowledge Now) course; and Capstone requirements can be completed via email. For more information, call the number above.
A&FRC Annex A&FRC Annex will have walk-in hours daily 1500-1645 and 1330-1530 on non-training Fridays
Military Personnel Flight (ID Cards/DEERS, etc) – Open by appointment and for telephone/email consult Mon-Thurs 0800-1500 and Fri 0900-1400 (ph. 376-8347)
Military Personnel Flight (Levitow) – Open by appointment and for telephone/email consult only Mon-Thurs 0800-1700 and Fri 0800-1600 (ph. 376-8347)
NAF/HR – Open by appointment and for telephone/email consult 0800-1500 (ph. 376-8282)
NAF Payroll – Open by appointment (M, W, F) 0800-1500 (ph. 376-8163)
Student Processing Center will have walk-in hours daily 1430-1630 and 1300-1500 on non-training Fri
Meadows Gate is closed until further notice.
Pass Rd. And White Ave. Gates remain 24/7.
Dining Facilities (Azalea, Magnolia, and Live oak) – All patrons receiving BAS (i.e. paying for their meal) must take meals to-go to reduce congregation in dining spaces
Keesler Inns (Lodging) – No new Space-Available reservations will be accepted
Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) – All WAPS testing has been postponed through 11 May 2020. All examinees affected will be rescheduled for a later date. If there is a very unique situation where a member needs to test prior to May 11, they should submit a request to 81 FSS/FSDE (Mr. Robert Smith, email@example.com, through their unit commander.
Update to these services/hours will post as other facilities/services or added and no later than Friday, 21 March for the following week. Posts can be found at the Keesler Air Force Base Facebook and website, and on discoverkeesler.com.
AAFES Closed to Retirees/ Veteran Health Care ID cardholders
Due to health and safety concerns, the Keesler Base Exchange will be closed to retirees and Veterans Health Identification Card holders until further notice.All patrons will still have access to the Commissary.
Commissary conduction 100% ID check - No more visitors allowed
The Commissary will now conduct 100% ID checks at the entrance and will revoke the visitor policy. Early bird shopping is now eliminated to allow for store cleaning and re-stocking. For more info, visit their website: https://www.commissaries.com/coronavirus
AAFES and Commissary are limiting the purchase of the following items.
Case Water (Limited 1 case per person due to limited stocks)
Disinfectant Spray and Wipes
MDG Building Access
The Medical Center continues to take all necessary precautions to protect our forces and their families while safeguarding our healthcare mission capabilities during the current global outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID-19). Out of an abundance of caution and to help maintain the low threat level determined by the CDC for our local region, the Medical Center has instituted additional safety measures.
1. Building Access: These measures include establishing only two entry points for both staff and patients:
Main Hospital Entrance (by main Pharmacy)
Emergency Room Entrance
Each entry point will screen visitors for symptoms of COVID-19 (to include cough, fever, and/or difficulty of breathing) and for persons who came in positive contact or has traveled from affected areas. We ask for your patience as our new operations may cause delays.
2. Visitation Restriction: The Medical Center is taking extra precautions to ensure the continued health and safety of our patients by implementing a visitor restriction process. The restrictions include:
Inpatient Units - No persons under 18 years of age - No persons with colds/fevers/coughs
Outpatient - Only patients with appointments are allowed in clinics – exceptions: persons with special needs and/or receiving surgery.These controlled access measures will allow us to safely screen for COVID-19 while minimizing the risk to others.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the main hospital pharmacy and the satellite pharmacy lobby will be closed to all beneficiaries effective 0800 hours on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. Starting at 0800hrs on Monday 23 March 2020, we have expanded our satellite pharmacy drive-thru operation to facilitate the dropoff, activation, and pickup of prescriptions in place of our normal operations. We feel these measures will minimize overall interactions to hopefully decrease disease transmission potential for not only our beneficiaries and staff but also that of the surrounding community.
-To activate new prescriptions: Call 228-376-0080
Option 1: If prescribed by MDG provider (you normally pick up at Main Pharmacy)
Option 2: For off-base electronic prescriptions
Until further notice the hours of our drive-up pharmacy will remain 0800-1700 Monday through Friday and 0900-1300 Saturday.
Keesler Finance Virtual Operations Changes - Click Here
As of Wednesday, 18 March 2020, and until further notice, the 81st Comptroller Squadron will transition to virtual operations while maintaining all current financial functionalities. To achieve this, we are going to maximize telephone and email for all customer service process.
-Phone and email hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (1 p.m. for CWS Fridays)
-No walk-in hours
-Pre-coordinate with the POCs listed in the document above for all appointments.
Student Finance Office (Levitow)
-Will maintain current ops Monday - Wednesday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-Customer service phone line - 228-377-4132
Financial Management Analysis Flight
-Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-Continue to work directly with your POC, or channel questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
-Hours of operation Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-POC - email@example.com 228-376-8189
If you need an encouraging word for the day or want to talk to a Chaplain:
Protestant Faith Community:
Catholic Faith Community:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Community: All events and services canceled until further notice
Fishbowl Student Ministry Center: Open to non-prior Airmen Students during normal operating hours with updated procedures and expectation
Lighthouse Airmen Ministry Center: Closed until further notice
Holy Dragon and Hospital Chapel: Grab and go coffee is available and the chapel space is available for individual prayer
The 403rd Wing March 28-29 Unit Training Assemble is postponed as part of COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Contact unit leadership to reschedule/excuse or inquire about telework options.
Please note in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the 81st FSS and 403D FSS have limited customer service in all areas to include Customer Support (DEERS), Force Management and Career Development, Airman & Family Readiness and Force Development/Education and Training offices and are operating by email, phone and appointments only.
For DEERs issues, customers are able to schedule appointments via RAPIDS at the website below, or by calling 376-8347; 376-8357; 376-8344
We will still help members that require pin resets and DD 1172-2’s. Active Duty/Reserve and contractors with emergencies are still being serviced on a case by case basis.
For information regarding the upcoming Unit Training Assembly, please contact your immediate supervisor.
UTA status: The March 28-29 UTA is not cancelled, however, if personnel live outside the local area they are approved to reschedule or excuse the UTA. Reservists need to coordinate with their supervisors.
403rd Financial Management
-E-mails and phone calls until further notice.
-Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-No walk-ins; appointment only.
Operations and Maintenance / Reserve Personnel Authorizations
O & M 377-5032/3393
403D FSS contact info:
SMSgt Blanchard (FSD Superintendent) 377-4408
Ms. DeDeaux (Chief, Wing OJT) 377-6652
SMSgt Brown (MPF Superintendent) – 376-8479
Mrs. DeWitt (PSM) – 377-8448
TSgt Graybeal (Chief, Force Management) 377-2644
TSgt Severe (Chief, Career Development) – 377-2590
SSgt Littlejohn (Career Development Technician) – 376-8581
Ms. Jackson (Director, Airman & Family Readiness) 376-8253
Keesler Implements Health Protection Condition CHARLIE
Keesler Air Force Base is in Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie in response to COVID-19.
HPCON Charlie measures are mandatory for all Keesler service members, DoD civilian and contractor employees, and family members. These measures are required to ensure the continued health and safety for our community.
Starting Monday, March 23, all facilities will move to single point entry and the Meadows Ave gate will be closed until further notice.
The Keesler Medical Center continues to take all necessary precautions to protect our forces and their families while safeguarding our healthcare mission capabilities during the current global outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID-19). Out of an abundance of caution KMC is limiting their services they provide in the hospital. To keep up-to-date on closures, visit the Keesler Website at https://www.keesler.af.mil/Health/.
In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, please take the following actions:
Drive-thru Pharmacy and Drive-up Clinic Updates
Drive-up screening for COVID-19 begins March 23 for Tricare Beneficiaries. Active Duty members please call the Dragon Hotline at 228-376-7132.
The main pharmacy will be closing and shifting all operations to the exchange drive-thru pharmacy starting March 24. For Pharmacy Factsheet, Click Here.
Keesler Air Force Base enacts Tier 1 Base Access Restrictions
If you currently have access to Keesler Air Force Base, you will continue to have access under these restrictions.
Active Duty, Retirees, Dependents, Veteran Health ID card holders, VA ID card and those who currently have a valid (and current) visitor pass or are on the MACL, have authorized base access still. Disabled veterans who need assistance will be allowed 1 visitor to help them as needed.
This measure ensures only those with official business on base are being granted access. We still encourage everyone to practice social distancing and avoid traveling if not essential. Help us protect our mission of training and developing premier warfighters for our Nation's defense.
Limited access to Triangle Training Area
The only personnel authorized to enter the Triangle Training are our Joint Non-Prior Service student residents. If you do not have an operation need to be there, avoid the area. The Triangle Shoppette is only for these residents and a phase card will need to be presented to enter the building.
Keesler Local Leave Policy
For military members, official leave, normal off-duty time or pass allowances will be restricted to 40 mile radius of Keesler Air Force Base and not to exceed Mississippi borders in accordance with the 13 March memo for stop movement for all domestic travel. Civilian and family member leave or travel is not prohibited by this restriction; however, travel outside of the local area is highly discouraged.
Security Forces will no longer handle ID cards
In an effort to reduce contact between individuals entering Keesler, new gate procedures are being implemented immediately for base entry. When approaching the gate, hold onto your ID card with the back barcode visible to the Security Forces member. The defender will scan your card and allow you to enter the installation. Your safety is extremely important and this process will minimize the spread of germs between individuals while still enabling the defender to maintain a non-diminished security posture. If your government issued ID card does not have a barcode, ensure the entire face of the card is visible to the defender to include the photo on the ID and expiration date.
DoD Restricts Travel for Military, Civilian and Dependents
The Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist approved new travel restrictions for service members, Department of Defense civilians, and their families assigned to DoD installations, facilities and surrounding areas within the United States and its territories. This restriction will halt all domestic travel, including permanent change of station and temporary duty. This restriction will also pause civilian hiring at DoD installations and components for persons who do not reside within the hiring entity's local commuting area. Additionally, service members will be authorized local leave only, following service guidelines. This new guidance is effective March 16 and continues through May 11.
Similar to other travel guidance regarding COVID-19, travel exceptions may be granted for compelling cases where the travel is mission-essential, for humanitarian reasons, or warranted due to extreme hardship. Approval authority for these exceptions belongs to combatant commanders, the service secretaries, the chief management officer, or the director of the Joint Staff, but may be delegated.
Regarding personnel returning from travel in South Korea, Italy, Iran, and China, the CDC now advises: “Travelers should stay home and monitor their health during travel and for 14 days after returning to the United States.”
For more information about travel advisories, visit the CDC travel advisory page.
If you have traveled to one of the affected areas, or have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19, AND are exhibiting the above symptoms, contact the Dragon Health Line at 228-376-7132 or the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-874-2273
Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday): 877-978-6453
A: Air Force medical facilities are protecting the force in accordance with Office of the Secretary of Defense Force Health Protection Guidance.
Air Force medical facilities are mitigating the spread of the virus by ensuring accountability of all service members who have returned from mainland China and placing those service members under a 14-day restriction of movement.
The Air Force is preparing by publishing screening and event-management guidance, training staff in CDC processes and ensuring medical personnel rehearse event-management processes.
Air Force medical staff help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 by using personal protective equipment, as well as developing health-surveillance protocols, PPE requirements and tracing processes in coordination with state and local public health organizations.
Air Force medical facilities will respond to the COVID-19 threat by identification, monitoring and management of possible cases and positive tests for the virus, protecting staff and beneficiaries within hospitals and the local community.
Air Force medical facilities will educate and reassure beneficiaries by providing information directly and in concert with installation leadership and state and local public health organizations.
A: Personnel who are at elevated risk of getting COVID-19 due to possible contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19, and/or individuals with symptoms and possible travel history to an area of elevated risk, are being screened for the disease.
A: The safety and health of our Airmen and Space professionals is paramount to mission readiness. In the event that an Air Force member or dependent tests positive for COVID-19, each medical facility has plans in place for treatment, and will take appropriate measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. The patient will be isolated appropriately in a private room with a door and its own bathroom, if available. The appropriate personal protective equipment will be available to the patient and the staff consistent with CDC guidelines. Actions to protect patients and staff include education and future contact tracing if required. Air Force officials at all levels are working closely with the local/regional health departments and the CDC to validate our preparedness for public health emergencies.
A: Senior leaders in each region evaluate the potential safety for travel and military operations by Airmen and Space professionals. As a matter of precaution, members returning from overseas duties from affected regions are being monitored before they leave the region, during their travel back, and upon arrival at their destination. Airmen and Space professionals deployed to affected regions are complying with commanders’ directives regarding travel and military duties associated with current operations.
A: The Air Force has not postponed, redirected or canceled any exercises at this time. Department of Air Force units or individual members participating in regional command joint exercises may have unique impacts. However, we are continually assessing the current environment and are working with our host nations in the regions to ensure the health and safety of our members as operations continue.
A: The safety and security of all of our recruits is of the utmost importance to us and we are taking steps to ensure their safety and well-being. All members entering basic military training are required to process military entrance processing stations on the day of or the day before departing for basic military training. Members at MEPS have virus protocol procedures to observe and take temperatures of all individuals entering MEPS facilities. Air Force recruiters also complete a medical prescreen on all applicants that covers all medical concerns, to include COVID-19. We continue to encourage all members and their families to follow CDC guidance for COVID-19.
A: Commanders of individually affected geographic combatant commands are issuing specific guidance to their forces, to educate and safeguard military and civilian personnel, family members and bases communities in preventing wide-spread outbreak. The CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Alert for Italy and South Korea, recommending travelers avoid all non-essential travel. The closing of child development centers in those areas are in-line with local health official recommendations.
A: All Air Force personnel are encouraged to follow the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The risk of contracting the new coronavirus virus is low, but CDC officials do recommend getting an influenza vaccine and taking everyday preventive actions to help preclude the spread of germs. We encourage all Air Force personnel and their families to continue to practice proper hygiene as the best way to prevent the spread of viruses. This includes washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Also, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with those who are sick. Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces should also be done.
A: According to the CDC, anyone contracting a respiratory illness shouldn’t assume it is novel coronavirus; it is far more likely to be a more common malady, such as seasonal influenza or the common cold. However, patients who traveled to China, or another area where COVID-19 has been identified as having community transmission, in the past 14 days and currently have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, should immediately seek medical care and notify their medical provider of their travel history. If possible, call the medical facility before arrival so the staff can take appropriate precautions. Military medical facilities have provided guidance on how to address such circumstances. People who think they may have been exposed to the virus should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
A: Much like the guidance that CDC provides to the public, the Department of Defense provides similar guidance to military commanders. The primary difference is that the DoD guidance is designed to ensure the Department of Defense can continue to perform its mission. Installation commanders use the HPCON framework to select an appropriate response to a public health emergency or incident of public health concern. The framework clarifies uncertainty associated with these situations and provides options based on the scope and severity of the situation.
A: USNORTHCOM provides guidelines to the Military Departments and other DoD Agencies in the Continental United States. The Military Departments provide additional guidance to their installations. The local commanders make appropriate FHP decisions regarding their installations.
A: Yes. The following link has important information for all Reserve Citizen Airmen, including frequently-asked questions and answers, concerning COVID-19.
A: If you are feeling sick, it can be difficult to know if and when to seek medical help, so having professional help at a moment's notice is invaluable. The Nurse Advice Line (NAL) for TRICARE beneficiaries is a team of registered nurses who are available 24/7 to answer a variety of urgent healthcare questions. Visit MHSNurseAdviceLine.com for a web or video chat, or dial 1-800-TRICARE (1-800-874-2273), option 1. They can help you decide whether self-care is the best option, or if it is better to see a healthcare provider.
A: Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
A: The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
A: Continue to protect yourself from viruses such as the flu and COVID-19 by washing your hands often, covering your mouth with a tissue while coughing or sneezing, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. For more information about virus prevention, visit https://www.cdc.gov/.
A: CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).