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  • Duke Field medics tackle myths surrounding COVID-19 vaccination

    In an effort to protect the health and wellbeing of the force, the Department of Defense has directed all Air Force Reserve members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 2, 2021.
  • Myths and facts about the vax — debunking common COVID-19 vaccine myths

    The COVID-19 vaccine has been mandated across the Department of Defense and despite its demonstrated effectiveness and safety, a host of myths have left some Airmen and Guardians hesitant to receive it. While social media posts and some news outlets may make it harder to keep up with what is fact or fiction, the science is clear … approved COVID-19 vaccines work.
  • Myths and facts about the vax — debunking common COVID-19 vaccine myths

    The COVID-19 vaccine has been mandated across the Department of Defense and despite its demonstrated effectiveness and safety, a host of myths have left some Airmen and Guardians hesitant to receive it. While social media posts and some news outlets may make it harder to keep up with what is fact or fiction, the science is clear … approved COVID-19 vaccines work.
  • Secretary of Defense Mandates COVID-19 Vaccinations for Service Members

    Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III issued a memorandum directing the secretaries of the military departments to immediately begin full vaccination of all members of the department on active duty or in the Guard or Reserve who aren't yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Duke Field transitions to HPCON Charlie

    The 96th Test Wing commander directed all Eglin Air Force Base properties, to include Duke Field, to implement Health Protection Condition Charlie effective Aug. 16.The new measures are intended to protect the work force due to the increase in COVID-19 cases throughout Northwest Florida.“The health and safety of our members and their families is
  • DoD directs employees to start wearing face masks again

    Following guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Defense Department has directed employees working in areas at high risk for transmission to begin using face masks again as a measure to prevent the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, especially the fast-moving, highly-transmittable Delta variant.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Not Over, Concerns Over Delta Variant Growing

    Nearly 68% of active duty personnel have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with at least one dose, but that still leaves many service members vulnerable to the delta variant of the virus, health officials at the Pentagon said.
  • PT test pushed to July, more updates forthcoming

    When assessments resume, the three-component fitness test (1.5 mile run, 1 minute of pushups and situps) will be reset with scores calculated on a new three component scoring table. In addition, work is underway to separate scoring into five-year age groups as opposed to the previous ten – for example, age groups will start at <25, 25-29 years old, 30-34, years old, etc.
  • Department of the Air Force moves Physical Fitness Assessments to April 2021, removes waist measurement from composite score permanently

    To ensure social distancing practices remain in place during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to give Airmen and Space Professionals time to prepare, testing was delayed from October to January and is now further delayed to April.
  • Air Force hits record retention levels, reviews voluntary force management efforts

    The Department of the Air Force is seeing its highest retention levels in 20 years, second only to rates recorded shortly after 9/11 in 2002.
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