HomeCoronavirus
 

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the 52nd Fighter Wing will provide updated information regularly as new information becomes available.

The health and safety of Saber Nation is our highest priority. 

CURRENT SITUATION ON SPANGDAHLEM AB, OUR REGION AND IN GERMANY

As of April 02, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m. local time

For the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19
With the increased amount of Airmen, DoD civilians and local nationals teleworking, updated guidance for connecting to the Air Force VPN has been released. Refer to the drop down menu under the "Coronavirus" tab in the header menu for detailed instructions.
To contact the Public Health Hotline, call 06565-61-8308 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday, to be screened over the phone. For screenings outside of this time, call Nurse Advice line at 0800-071-3516.

We are working with our local officials to ensure the safety and security of Airmen, family and community members. We continue to address all medical concerns as they arise and work with our host nation medical professionals to keep you informed as the situation develops.

CURRENT HPCON STATUS: CHARLIE

Effective March 26, Spangdahlem AB is currently in HPCON Charlie status. What does this mean?

For guidance on how Spangdahlem AB will implement physical distancing, click here.

For more detailed information, click here, but some new implementations to keep in mind are:

- Gate 3 (back gate) is closed until further notice closed. However, the Large Vehicle Inspection Site (LVIS) will remain open for large commercial vehicles per standard hours.

- Unofficial visitors will be denied base access until further notice, however, the Visitor Control Center (VCC) will still grant access passes for mission-essential contractors and compelling visitor needs. VCC hours will be limited to 7 a.m. - 65 p.m., Mon - Fri, please contact the VCC during these hours as DSK 452-7414, or commercial 0656-61-7414 with any questions.

- Conduct meetings virtually.

- WAPS testing is cancelled.

- Cash transactions will no longer be allowed (except for tipping commissary baggers). Only card payments to minimize physical contact.

For further guidance, if you have any questions about how this affects you or your family, refer to this page and talk to your chain of command.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

MEDICAL QUESTIONS

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There is a plan on who should be tested case by case. We are following the CDC recommendations. We do have testing available, especially to rule out the other, more common respiratory illnesses, like the flu.

If a provider and Public Health have determined that a person needs to be tested after he/she is screened, that person will be tested.  There is no shortage of tests for patients requiring the tests.

Both the Spangdahlem Clinic and LRMC will be focused on acute care. More information from the 52 MDG is coming with regards to what this means for each specific section.

Fourteen days is the incubation period for coronavirus; people who remain well after 14 days are unlikely to be infectious.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing or If you are in close contact with someone with COVID-19, call the Public Health Hotline @ 452-8308. Your provider will decide whether you need to be tested. Keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.

Social distancing measures are taken to restrict when and where people can gather to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. Social distancing measures include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events. Preventative measures include: quarantine, isolation, minding your distance from others, etc... for more information please visit https://www.cdc.gov/

Yes as of now, however, call the 52 MDG appointment line to confirm.

 

52nd Fighter Wing Public Health conducts a COVID-19 phone screening to ensure our resources and personnel’s efforts are applied effectively and in accordance with guidance set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  If you have any of the symptoms listed below and a travel history to a severely infected region, or had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 within 14 days of symptom onset, please contact Public Health immediately at 06565-61-8308 to be screened over the phone. The Public Health Hotline is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. For screenings outside of this time, please call Nurse Advice line at 0800-071-3516. 

Tricare does cover the testing as deemed medically necessary. There is no cost to Tricare Prime members and Tricare select members will pay a fixed copayment.

The Medical Group has opened a separate testing location on the installation. Patients who meet the case definition for testing will be directed by their PCM to report to the facility for testing.

People are only considered High risk for COVID-19 if they meet a specific criteria, a person with symptoms of a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a recent travel history over the past 14 days to a level 3 country and or if they have come in close contact with a positive for COVID-19 would make the person of high risk.

Acute Medical appointments (defined as serious, but not life threatening) and mandatory well visits (such as very young well baby visits, certain critical follow-up visits, and deployment related evaluations) will still be offered for both active duty members and dependents.  The Medical Teams will use virtual visits to address many concerns.  All members will be asked to utilize the appointment line to schedule visits and the automatic pharmacy refill line to refill medications prior to coming to the clinic. The 52 MDG will continue to ask members to wait in their vehicles until their respective clinic is ready to receive them.

If a provider and Public Health have determined that a person needs to be tested after he/she is screened, that person will be tested.  There is no shortage of tests for patients requiring the tests.

The wing takes host nation actions into consideration with every decision made and to the maximum extent possible Spangdahlem Air Base honors host nation guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19, while continuing to ensure we’re combat ready and able defend our NATO allies. Details on what we’re doing to fight Coronavirus can be found here: https://www.spangdahlem.af.mil/Coronavirus/ under the local community information. We will defeat Coronavirus by, with, and through our partnership with our host nation, allies and partners.

While our Public Health hotline (452-8308) can provide advice on seeking care, self-isolation, or other general information about COVID-19, a civilian that is not eligible for care in the military treatment facility that requires treatment should be seen by the local resource that typically provides their medical care.  

The installation has designated isolation facilities for dorm residents who test positive for COVID-19.

Call the Public Health Hotline for screening. If symptoms get worse go to the medical building for testing.

The 52nd Fighter Wing leadership and our medical personnel are highly concerned about the welfare of Saber Nation and are constantly working to ensure the safety and good health of our Saber family. If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, or had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 within 14 days of symptom onset, please contact Public Health immediately at 06565-61-8308 to be screened over the phone. The Public Health Hotline is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. For screenings outside of this time, please call Nurse Advice line at 0800-071-3516.

We are developing a plan where we will take care of our pediatric patients, however we do not want to expose them to ill people.

When a positive test is identified, the first step is tracing. This involves investigating all the people that the individual may have come in contact with before going into isolation. Those individuals are then quarantined and monitored for symptoms.

The Med Group can only recommend quarters if symptoms are suspected. Only the Airmen's supervisor can put them on quarters.

Step by step:

  1. The Airmen would call the clinic if they are having flu like symptoms. 
  2. The clinic will suggest quarters to the Airmen in which the supervisor can authorize a 24 hour quarters period. 
  3. If the Airmen is still not feeling good or feels as if they have COVID-19, they should call again for a second screening with a nurse. 
  4. If the nurse feels that quarters are still necessary, they will place them on quarters for a number of days.

The pharmacy will be open as normal. Please use the pharmacy refill line in order to minimize wait times. You can reach the refill line at +49 06565-61-3301

For questions relating to general health information, COVID-19 information, symptoms, and preventative measures, please refer to the CDC's Coronavirus page. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is the most accurate and timely source regarding Coronavirus information. Individuals who believe they have COVID-19 symptoms should contact Public Health immediately at 06565-61-8308 to be screened over the phone. The Public Health Hotline is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. For screenings outside of this time, please call Nurse Advice line at 0800-071-3516.

This is not mandated nor clinically indicated as necessary at this time per CDC and local public health recommendations. Depending on one's personal situation, they can leave the area/fly home, but only at their preference.

Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. Masks should be worn appropriately (do not adjust your mask or touch your face after putting it on, or if you have to, use hand sanitizer immediately afterwards) by persons who have any cold/flu-like symptoms (cough, sore throat, etc.) As COVID-19 is spread by droplets, coughing and sneezing into your sleeves helps prevent the spread of the droplets. It is a community effort to prevent the spread of any respiratory disease. Only you can prevent infections. If you feel symptomatic, please contact 52 MDG for screening at 06565-65-8333.

For questions relating to general health information, COVID-19 information, symptoms, and preventative measures, please refer to the CDC's Coronavirus page. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is the most accurate and timely source regarding Coronavirus information. Individuals who believe they have COVID-19 symptoms should contact Public Health immediately at 06565-61-8308 to be screened over the phone. The Public Health Hotline is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. For screenings outside of this time, please call Nurse Advice line at 0800-071-3516.

For questions relating to general health information, COVID-19 information, symptoms, and preventative measures, please refer to the CDC's Coronavirus page. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is the most accurate and timely source regarding Coronavirus information. Individuals who believe they have COVID-19 symptoms should contact Public Health immediately at 06565-61-8308 to be screened over the phone. The Public Health Hotline is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. For screenings outside of this time, please call Nurse Advice line at 0800-071-3516.

Individuals who believe they have COVID-19 symptoms should contact Public Health immediately at 06565-61-8308 to be screened over the phone. The Public Health Hotline is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. For screenings outside of this time, please call Nurse Advice line at 0800-071-3516.

In the event of a base shutdown, LRMC will continue urgent/emergent services. Pregnant mothers should contact their OB/GYN in the event of a change in the Force Health Protection level, to find out if there are changes that will impact them.

We are always prepped and ready to respond to keep our community safe and healthy. As military public health professionals will follow what's called a 'disease containment plan'. Different protocols are in place depending on the type and severity of a disease. Ramstein AB, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Army Regional Public Health Command East and the German Public Health department are coordinating our responses.

 

Masks may be issued depending on the extent of the outbreak.

Ghedi AB falls to 31 MDG as the Host Medical Treatment Facility (HMTF) and would follow suit with all recommendation as deemed by HMTF Public Health Emergency Officer.  Additionally, this is true for Camp Darby as well. 

A: Those who are immunocompromised are advised to limit exposure to sick individuals, much like you would do during any cold/flu season. If you have specific questions concerning your current medical condition(s) and exposure to COVID-19, contact the Public Health line at 06565-61-8308, the Nurse Advice line at 0800-071-3516 or your doctor for medical recommendations. 

To self-isolate is to limit your exposure and contact with other people during a period of time where you are at a higher risk of spreading/contracting the COVID-19 virus. For recommendations on what do contact the Public Health line at 06565-61-8308, the nurse advice line at 0800-071-3516, or your doctor for medical recommendations.

The likelihood is LOW as long as personnel and families due their due diligence to self-quarantine or isolate themselves if symptomatic.  If personnel or families are having symptoms it is prudent that they contact Public Health for screening to place them into a Risk category followed by discussion with PCM to have review of the situation which may warrant continued quarantine and isolation.

The Public Health hotline is available to anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to the Coronavirus. Representatives from the Medical Group have a screening process to determine your level of risk and will make recommendations for isolation periods. If the member’s situation warrants testing based on the CDC’s guidance for person’s under investigation, the test will be collected at Spangdahlem and sent to LRMC to confirm whether or not it is a positive case.

 

For specifics on the testing methods of COVID-19 and guidelines for person’s under investigation, refer to the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/testing.html for more information.

In relation to COVID-19 testing, TRICARE will cover the costs of the test if your provider determines it’s medically appropriate and the request meets the screening criteria. Patients need to keep in mind their beneficiary category as TRICARE Prime members should not have any out-of-pocket expenses and TRICARE Select members will have to pay their accompanying deductibles and co-pays.

travel questions

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As long as the family members visiting are not DoD uniformed personnel, they are still authorized to visit, but they should be aware that this is a dynamic situation, and travel restrictions could change. Additionally, the CDC recommends that the elderly and individuals with compromised immune systems refrain from air travel or attending public gatherings.

Per a memo from the Deputy Chief of Staff of Manpower, Personnel and Services, even though the travel ban is in effect, you are allowed to take leave in the local community. Due to the diverse nature of this Wing, we ask you work with your leadership if you are unclear what constitutes the local community. This directive is in line with the intent to limit movement.

Members currently on leave or TDY will need General Officer level approval to travel back to our home unit using the justification of mission essential, humanitarian reasons or extreme hardship. The Wing is consolidating a list of these individuals and justifications in order to bring our service members back home while bearing in mind the health and safety of our local community.

That will be dependent on where they traveled. Anyone returning from a Level 2 or 3 area will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Each individual who’s coming back from either leave or TDY should work with their chain of command.

DoD uniformed personnel are not authorized to take personal leave to or from the Level 3 area. Family members and civilian personnel are still authorized to take personnel leave, however, it is recommended that you exercise caution in doing so, and be aware that you will need to abide by any country specific restrictions that are in place.

Those members who already have HHG, NTS in the pipeline should contact the losing transportation office.

If you live in Luxembourg, you'll need a copy of the employee certificate with you when crossing the border. Use the template form (English translation) to see what information you need to fill in. Use the German language form to fill in and print out. 

Family members and civilians are still authorized to travel, however, we recommend you exercise caution, travel with all the necessary personal documentation and buy travel insurance. The situation could change at any time and you might get stuck enroute or at your destination. Civilian personnel wishing to travel must be on unpaid leave to do so.

Per the base commander, movement is restricted to local communities. Members are encouraged to talk with their leadership to receive any clarification on specific travel requests.

Any movement to, from, or through Level 3 designated locations is halted, to include members TDY here from the states. Exceptions to this policy require General Officer approval. These members should contact their leadership and to determine the best way forward.

The situation is ever-changing; please refer to https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for the latest travel information.

U.S. CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE QUESTIONS

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NAF employee pay: If service locations where NAF employees work are required to be closed because of restrictions, those employees will continue to receive pay. Please work directly with your supervisors to understand what that amount is and what it is based on.

A symptomatic employee is entitled to use an unlimited amount of accrued sick leave when he or she is unable to perform due to a quarantinable communicable disease, such as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), is entitled to use his or her accrued sick leave. Sick Leave for Personal Needs fact sheet: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/payleave/leaveadministration/fact-sheets/personal-sick-leave/

 An employee may invoke his or her entitlement to unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 in appropriate circumstances. Under FMLA, an employee is entitled to a total of up to 12 workweeks of leave without pay for a serious health condition that prevents an employee from performing his or her duties or to care for a spouse, son or daughter, or parent with a serious health condition. An employee may substitute his or her accrued annual and/or sick leave for unpaid leave in accordance with current laws and regulations governing the use of annual and sick leave. An employee or family member who contracts a quarantinable communicable disease, such as COVID-19, and becomes ill would generally be considered to have a qualifying serious health condition. Family and Medical Leave fact sheet:

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/payleave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/familyand-medical-leave/

An employee is entitled to use up to 12 weeks (480 hours) of sick leave each leave year to care for a family member with a serious health condition. If an employee has already used 13 days of sick leave for general family care (discussed above), the 13 days must be subtracted from the 12 weeks. If an employee has already used 12 weeks of sick leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition, he or she cannot use an additional 13 days in the same leave year for general 3 family care purposes. An employee is entitled to no more than a combined total of 12 weeks of sick leave each leave year for all family care purposes. If an employee’s family member is symptomatic (ill) due to a quarantinable communicable disease, such as COVID-19, that would generally constitute a serious health condition, which would allow use of up to 12 weeks of an employee’s accrued sick leave to care for that family member. The amount of sick leave permitted for family care purposes is proportionally adjusted for parttime employees and employees with uncommon tours of duty in accordance with the average number of hours of work in the employee’s regularly scheduled administrative workweek. Sick Leave to Care for a Family Member with a Serious Health Condition fact sheet:

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/factsheets/sickleave-to-care-for-a-family-member-with-a-serious-health-condition/

An employee is entitled to use a total of up to 104 hours (13 days) of sick leave each leave year to provide care for a family member who is ill or receiving medical examination or treatment. If an employee’s family member is symptomatic (ill) due to a quarantinable communicable disease, such as COVID-19, the employee may use his or her accrued sick leave for general family care. The amount of sick leave permitted for family care purposes is proportionally adjusted for part-time employees and employees with uncommon tours of duty in accordance with the average number of hours of work in the employee’s regularly scheduled administrative workweek. Sick Leave for Family Care fact sheet: https://www.opm.gov/policydata-oversight/payleave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/sick-leave-for-family-care-or-bereavement-purposes/

If an employee has a personal or family medical emergency related to a quarantinable communicable disease, such as COVID-19, and is absent (or expected to be absent) from duty without available paid leave for at least 24 work hours, he or she may qualify to receive donated annual leave under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP) or Voluntary Leave Bank Program (VLBP).

Voluntary Leave Transfer Program The VLTP allows an employee to donate annual leave to assist another employee who has a personal or family medical emergency and who has exhausted his or her own available paid leave. All agencies must establish a

VLTP. Voluntary Leave Transfer Program fact sheet: (https://www.opm.gov/policydataoversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/voluntary-leave-transferprogram/)

Voluntary Leave Bank Program The VLBP allows an employee who is a member of the agency’s voluntary leave bank to receive donated annual leave from the leave bank if the employee experiences a personal or family medical emergency and has exhausted his or her own available paid leave. An agency is not required to establish a VLBP.

Voluntary Leave Bank Program fact sheet: (https://www.opm.gov/policydataoversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/voluntary-leave-bank-program/)

In extraordinary situations, DoD federal employees can be mandated to telework regardless of their telework eligibility or status. Local commanders who have directed an alternate worksite can mandate telework for all civilian employees under 5 CFR 550.409. Telework can be mandated under the following situations:
1. Law, or Presidential directive mandating federal workforce telework
2. DoD or Air Force emergency/ continuity plans: The Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 provides for the incorporation of telework into the continuity of operations plan (COOP) of the agency. Per 5 U.S.C. 6504(d)(2), Agency COOP plans supersede telework policy. Specifically, an employee can be mandated to telework when the DoD or Service COOP plan mandate telework. For the Air Force, this is when the Air Force or a respective location has implemented COOP level 3.
3. A pandemic has been declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the DoD
Component issues an evacuation order to an alternative worksite (e.g. home).

Generally, the answer is no. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, reaffirmed by the Affordable Care Act, requires that individuals must remain eligible and have their coverage renewed without regard to their particular health or travel circumstances. This applies to church plans and U.S. sold expatriate group plans.

Yes, the Telework Enhancement Act requires every employee who participates in telework to have a written agreement, regardless of the type of telework. The Federal Government uses telework, among other things, to promote continuity of operations by allowing Federal employees to continue their work at an approved alternative worksite. The Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 defines “telework” or “teleworking” as a work flexibility arrangement under which an employee performs the duties and responsibilities of his or her position, and other authorized activities, from an approved worksite other than the location from which the employee would otherwise work. Telework is a critical tool during emergency situations. OPM has strongly encouraged agencies to maintain a viable telework-ready workforce. This requires determining eligibility for employees to telework, encouraging employees to enter into written telework agreements, communicating expectations before an emergency situation occurs, and practicing and testing equipment and procedures regularly throughout the year, not just teleworking during emergencies that may occur infrequently. Telework arrangements may require collective bargaining obligations for employees represented by labor organizations. Agencies also need to implement and maintain a robust information technology system with the necessary infrastructure to accommodate widespread remote usage of agency systems as well as the accompanying technical support personnel to resolve remote connectivity issues. Agencies should maximize their telework capacity by entering into telework agreements with as many telework-eligible employees as possible and by conducting exercises to test employees’ ability to access agency networks from home. Managers should ensure that there are effective processes in place for communicating efficiently with employees who are teleworking. For additional information on telework, please see www.telework.gov.

Employees may contact their respective agency benefits offices.

Family members with COVID-19-like symptoms will be subject to Federal Health Benefits Insurance and other private Insurance requirements, and should contact their local health care facility for treatment.

Benefits for Federal employees and eligible family members remain unchanged during periods of quarantine or any emergency situation.

Yes. The employee will have the option to use leave flexibilities such as annual leave, advanced leave, etc.

If an employee believes his or her illness resulted from a work-related incident, the employee can file workers’ compensation claim under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). Employees with a medical condition covered by the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) will receive FECA benefits. FECA benefits are administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, and each case will be judged on its own merit.

Sick leave for exposure to a quarantinable communicable disease would only arise in cases of a quarantinable communicable disease. Agencies should refer to the list of quarantinable communicable diseases, which are defined by Executive Order 13295 as  amended. See also CDC's Legal Authorities for Isolation and Quarantine:  https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/aboutlawsregulationsquarantineisolation.html.

No. Generally, individuals who take leaves of absence from their jobs and return to those jobs are equally eligible for their employer-sponsored insurance as other workers.

An employee may use sick leave for exposure to quarantinable communicable diseases and seasonal influenza only in certain circumstances

Quarantinable Communicable Diseases. For purposes of this guidance, the term “quarantinable communicable disease” means a disease for which Federal isolation and quarantine are authorized. Isolation can be used to separate people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick in order to stop the spread of that illness. Quarantine can be used to separate and restrict the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick and to prevent the possible spread of that disease to others. Agencies should refer to the list of quarantinable communicable diseases at https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/aboutlawsregulationsquarantineisolation.html.

Under certain circumstances, the CDC or a State or local health department may determine that exposure to a quarantinable disease would jeopardize the health of others, and that quarantine of the exposed individual is warranted to protect the public’s health. If the disease is not a quarantinable communicable disease, as defined by Executive Order, and a health authority or health care provider has concerns that exposure to the disease could jeopardize the health of others, the health authority or health care provider should contact the CDC for evaluation of the risk factors and further recommendation.

Influenza. Influenza may be classified as either seasonal or pandemic. Influenza strains that are new and capable of causing a pandemic are classified as quarantinable diseases; however, seasonal influenza strains those that cause outbreaks of influenza every winter are not considered quarantinable. Therefore, exposure to seasonal influenza will not meet the criteria for use of sick leave for exposure to a quarantinable communicable disease. Currently, there is no declared influenza pandemic, and agencies should not grant sick leave for exposure to influenza until they receive guidance from the appropriate officials (e.g., CDC, OPM). Employees who are sick with seasonal influenza and contagious to others should be allowed to use sick leave according to agency policies.

If an employee has exhausted his or her available annual or sick leave and other forms of paid time off, he or she may request leave without pay (LWOP). LWOP is a temporary non-pay status and absence from duty that, in most cases, is granted at the employee's request. In most instances, granting LWOP is a matter of supervisory discretion and may be limited by agency internal policy. While FMLA leave is limited to specific purposes, LWOP may be granted for any reason approved by the agency. In situations where LWOP is taken for a 4 purpose that would qualify under FMLA, granting LWOP without requiring the employee to invoke FMLA will preserve the employee’s entitlement to 12 weeks of FMLA leave. An extended period of LWOP may have an effect on an employee’s benefits including health benefits, retirement benefits, and life insurance.

Leave Without Pay fact sheet: (http://www.opm.gov/policy-dataoversight/pay-leave/leaveadministration/fact-sheets/leave-without-pay)

Effect of Extended Leave Without Pay (or Other Nonpay Status) on Federal Benefits and Programs fact sheet:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leaveadministration/fact-sheets/effect-ofextended-leave-without-pay-lwop-or-other-nonpay-statuson-federal-benefits-and-programs/

Yes. DoD civilians will need to work with CPO and their leadership to establish administrative leave if a quarantine needs to be put in place.

Yes. As of March 8, 2020, Department of the Air Force civilian personnel performing telework during an emergency (e.g., continuity of operations event, office closure due to adverse or inclement weather, or pandemic health crisis) are authorized to do so with a child or other persons requiring care or supervision present at home. Employees must still account for work and non-work hours during their tour of duty and take appropriate leave (paid or unpaid) to account for time spent away from normal work-related duties (e.g., to care for a child or dependent).

The Air Force will follow the guidelines outlined by the Office of Personnel Management.

Sick leave is intended for someone experiencing symptoms. If you are feeling symptoms of COVID-19, consult with public health and your supervisor. Contact the civilian personnel office for further guidance when sick leave can be used for your specific situation. 

The intent of wearing a mask is for people who have symptoms to not spread their illness. A healthy person who wears a mask still can contract an illness if they come in contact with someone who is ill, so the mask would not be necessary at this time. If a worker chooses to wear a mask, it is their choice, however anyone who feels ill should stay home.

MILITARY QUESTIONS

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If your household goods have already been picked up then we cannot get these back to you since the items are already in transit or in storage. Please reach out to your leadership about your situation and the housing office to get temporary furniture if you’re still in a house off base. Another option is to inquire more about temporary living situations on base as they are already furnished.

All TDYs are currently under the stop-movement order passed down from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. However, there are currently no quarantine requirements for travel within Germany.

Members separating can still out-process as normal and are exempt from the stop movement. Those with DEROS after the 60-day stop movement may be affected. But there is no guidance at this time.

If you are not able to telework you will be required to go into work. The mission will still go on.

Effective 17 March 2020, all Official Fitness Assessment Testing is cancelled until June 2020.

  • Members who are due in March will test in September 2020
  • Members who are due in April will test in October 2020
  • Members who are due in May will test in November 2020

Fitness Testing will resume on 1 June 2020 unless further guidance is published.

Household goods shipments can be tracked with the tracking number provided by your losing station TMO and delivery questions can be directed to your gaining station’s TMO.

There have been no indications that the shipment of goods will stop and we've seen successful logistics continue even in the hardest hit areas. Additionally personnel at our geographically separated bases will have travel documents worked between their command and the local municipality to enable them to continue mission/sustenance essential movement and as always, shopping on the economy is an option that can be a great supplement. Finally, no, there are no gas shortages expected at Spangdahlem Air Base. Shipments continue to come in and the supply will be at acceptable levels if residents continue to purchase fuels at a normal rate.

Any telework requests should be coordinated through your leadership.

Members on leave or TDY outside Germany must work with their unit leadership. A return is currently restricted to mission essential personnel, humanitarian reasons, or extreme hardship and requires approval from the first flag officer in the service member's chain of command.

Currently no pack outs for household good and unaccompanied baggage are being conducted. Please work with TMO on the best way forward as you approach your PCS date. PCS moves are being handled on a case-by-case basis.

Yes, no change to use or lose policy, however you must adhere to the current travel restrictions.

Yes, the stop movement has extended. Per the secretary of defense the 60 day stop movement has extended 60 days starting from 25 March

"We've implemented many of the same measures as our parent wing (Spangdahlem). Our DFAC- is to-go only. We've placed orders with DeCA for extra cleaning supplies for our work centers. We practice social distancing whenever possible. These are just a few examples.. If you'd like more info or have more questions you can send me a personal message and I'd be happy to answer any question or concerns" -Major Drumm

USEUCOM will announce the cancelation of any major exercises or operations in relation to COVID-19. Until such an announcement is made the wing will continue preparations for planned exercises and TDYs relating to those exercises. Members should refrain from speculating on the status of exercises on their social media pages as this is a violation of operational security.

PCS guidance to or from Level 3 countries: 

Airmen currently assigned to a CONUS base with a projected PCS to one of the Level 3 countries and Airmen who have out-processed, but not departed the local area for one of the Level 3 countries will remain in place until Stop Movement is terminated.

Airmen currently assigned to an overseas base in a Level 3 country with a projected PCS and March 2020 Date Estimated Return from Overseas who have not departed will remain in place until Stop Movement is terminated.

Airmen who are PCSing to or from an installation in a Level 3 country, have departed their last duty installation and are enroute to their gaining base must contact their losing chain of command and MPF/FSS by whatever means available.  Airmen will not proceed until Stop Movement is lifted.  Airmen who do not desire to take leave enroute will receive further instructions. Airmen are authorized to be placed in a TDY hold status by their losing FSS/MPF, instructions to amend PCS orders will be provided after Stop Movement is terminated. Airmen placed on TDY hold are not entitled to a rental vehicle, but are authorized TDY per diem.

TDY or Leave to or from Level 3 countries:

Airmen projected TDY to a Stop Movement location will not proceed on TDY. Airmen enroute or currently at a TDY location impacted by Stop Movement will remain in-place until further guidance or Stop Movement is terminated.  Airmen currently on leave in an impacted Stop Movement country are encouraged to contact their chain of command and MPF/FSS; their chain of command must be in contact with these members to provide further guidance.  Leave dates will be adjusted accordingly upon the member returning to home station.

Families who're currently in TLA or an off-base equivalent should engage with their unit leadership and know that they'll be taken care of. The stop movement will test our resiliency and Saber Nation will weather this together. 

Red Flag is still happening, however 52nd Fighter Wing personnel will not be participating as long as a stop movement is still in place.

Service members who are set to deploy will continue to prepare, however, deployments are being handled on a case by case basis. Members should work with their UDM to determine the way forward. 

 Emergency Leave currently requires EUCOM Commander approval and will be looked at on a case by case basis. Contact your unit leadership for guidance on your specific situation.

Although events/gatherings for our families with deployed service members won't be physically possible in HPCON Charlie, families should remain engaged with their unit's, chain of command, key spouse and first sergeant. Communicate any needs through these always-available channels and our Saber family will work together to solve any problems that arise and overcome this trying time.

As of right now, there is a stop movement on all transit to or from Level 3 areas. Members who are on leave in between assignments should contact their outbound unit. Members who have not proceeded yet can work with the housing office to be placed into a month-to-month living situation. 

Extreme hardship is different for each family or individual and will be granted on a case-by-case basis. Individuals who are needing to travel under this condition should start with their chain of command and decisions will be made at an appropriate level. We understand the impacts this situation has on family members and are doing our best to mitigate.

Dorm Airmen will follow the directions given by 52nd Fighter Wing medical personnel and their unit leadership if placed under self-isolation or quarantine. Systems are in place to ensure those in self-isolation or quarantine have their basic needs met.

Families who’re currently in TLA or an off-base equivalent should engage with their unit leadership and know that they’ll be taken care of. The stop movement will test our resiliency and Saber Nation will weather this together.

U.S. Guard and Reserve personnel should contact their unit leadership. Your unit will have guidance and instructions 

The COVID-19 situation is being closely monitored. An HPCON change would be made when the 52nd Fighter Wing Commander decides that the change in HPCON is warranted. For more information on what each HPCON level entails, visit https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/campaigns/covid19/Pages/HPCON.aspx

Airmen impacted by the stop-movement with a projected PCS to a country designated as Level 3 will have their DEROS extended 60 days. RNLTD extensions will be worked on a case by case basis.

At this time there are no relaxed grooming standards. We will continue to be the same professional force we have always been.

Contact military personnel flight (DSN 452-6654) for guidance and updates on Equal Overseas listings.

The Department of Defense is aware of the massive strain on the network as all of our service members and DoD civilians engage in telework to meet mission requirements and continue operations in addition to taking steps to make sure telework remains operational. Spangdahlem Air Base's VPNs are currently operational. If you're having issues teleworking please engage with your immediate supervisor and work with the 52nd Communications Squadrons to troubleshoot any problems. DSN 452-2666

If the vehicle has already left, it will arrive in the states. The same goes for vehicles on their way to Spangdahlem. Port operations are continuing as normal, however, the only persons authorized to ship a vehicle from Spangdahlem currently are those who are ETS-ing or separating.

Geographically Separated 52nd Fighter Wing Units (GSUs)

 Know that we’re closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and actively coordinating with the USEUCOM Surgeon General’s office, DOD, and HHS, to distribute timely and accurate information as it becomes available.Confirmed cases of the Coronavirus for GSUs in Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Poland can be found at European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control; public health measures are being taken to test and monitor the close contacts of these cases and prevent further spread.

If you have traveled to China or an area under COVID-19 restrictions please notify your organization’s IDMT. Your IDMT will provide guidance and be your primary contact to answer any questions or concerns.

Additionally, your 52nd Fighter Wing Public Health office is another great source of information and standing by to assist; please contact 52 FW Public Health at Commercial: 0656561-8308/DSN: 452-8308 for virus related questions. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Spangdahlem AB

  • Medical Appointments: 06565-61-8333 or DSN: 452-8333
  • TRICARE Service Cntr: 0434-30-5133
Other Numbers:
  • International SOS: +(44) 20-8762-8384 (option 1)
  • International SOS Toll Free (from Italy): 800-915-994
  • 24hr Nurse Advice Line (from Italy): 800-877-660
  • 24hr Translation Service (from Italy): 800-915-994

Social Media:

Spangdahlem AB Facebook

U.S. CDC Facebook

Useful Websites:

  • TRICARE www.tricare.mil
  • TRICARE Overseas Program www.tricare-overseas.com
  • TRICARE Europe www.europe.tricare.osd.mil
  • TRICARE Online www.tricareonline.com
  • Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS) Claims Processor www.tricare-overseas.com

Recommended Apps:

  • Spangdahlem App: Spangdahlem AB information and directory for medical service numbers and directions to local hospital
  • International SOS: TRICARE translation services
  • 112: GPS capability/provides emergency patient locations to call center agents

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Like with any decision to limit operations and base services, that is determined by a group of leaders with recommendations from health professionals. Our focus is currently on prevention and emphasizing the importance of good hygiene practices.

We are not at the point of closing the base. Any response and need for supplies from the base will depend on the specific situation. Base agencies are all part of the response plan.

At this time, there is no discussion of closing the base or sending dependents home. It is always a good idea to have an up-to-date family care plan as a mil-to-mil couple regardless of the current situation.

Currently there is no concern with mail, physical products bringing the virus here.

There are no current plans to close the base or the schools. Much of that depends on the amount of local cases of COVID 19, which currently isn't high here. We are encouraging members to buy travel insurance for any tickets or plans you make as we don't know what will happen in the future. Right now our best recommendation is to check for any Travel Advisories listed by the US Department of State, review the CDC travel advisories and the Pentagon's foreign clearance guide for restricted travel areas.

At this point, we recommend travel insurance for any tickets or plans you make. As always, service members must check the Pentagon's foreign clearance guide for restricted travel areas and comply with commander directions.

Currently gatherings have been limited to two people or less. Exceptions will be made for families or people sharing a home. Wing leadership is looking at each situation on a case by case basis and taking action to limit contact in order to protect the health of our base population and maintain mission readiness. 

For some guidance on what to do with your children during the current HPCON status and teleworking situation, refer to this document. As always, speak to your chain of command if you have questions about your individual situation.

The Mission Support Group is working to consolidate a list of members who require child care so that we can support those individuals to the best of our ability. Members should coordinate this support through their chain of command.