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Wolf Pack COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation that the 8th Fighter Wing is vigilantly monitoring all credible and higher headquarter sources to push any and all relevant updates to this page as quickly as possible. 

Please refer to this page as the primary source of information for Wolf Pack members to avoid the spread of misinformation through non-regulated sources. As warfighters, remember to remain vigilant, healthy, and ready to accomplish the mission at any time.

KUNSAN COVID-19 SITREP

Per United States Forces Korea, Kunsan Air Base will transition to HPCON Bravo effective 6 a.m., May 20, 2020. For more information, check the FAQs at the bottom of this page and the following locations:

USFK Facebook Note: HPCON Bravo Q&A with Graphics

USFK Press Release: USFK lowers Health Protection Condition to Bravo

Kunsan Facebook Page

8th Fighter Wing Sharepoint

Public Health Emergency Guidance and Who it Applies To

In accordance with United States Forces Korea, the 8th Fighter Wing will remain in a Public Health Emergency status for COVID-19 until further notice. The Kunsan Air Base population will adhere to all USFK-directed actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the community. This includes military personnel, family members, Department of Defense and Korean National civilian employees, Department of Defense retirees, contractors and any other persons with access to Kunsan Air Base.

Any service member who refuses to obey or otherwise violates an order during this declared PHE may be detained and may be subject to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. All other personnel with access to USFK installations who refuse to obey or otherwise violates this declaration or any other order during the PHE may be denied installation access or be barred from the installation for a period of two years.

 

    USFK COVID-19 Hotspot Tracker

    DoD Stop Movement Guidance for AF members

    For more information on the stop movement orders, login to myPers, and click on "STOP MOVEMENT and Concurrent Travel Guidance Related to Travel Restrictions due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)."

    For further instructions, work with your chain of command. 

    https://mypers.af.mil/

    About COVID-19

    On Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern for the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. On Jan. 31, 2020, the secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency in the United States and announced new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. While supporting other government agencies’ response to the COVID-19 threat, the Department of the Air Force is responding appropriately to protect the health of the force and maintain operational readiness.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    U.S. Air Force

    U.S. Department of Defense

    DOD Force Health Protection Guidance

    U.S. Forces Korea

    Kunsan Air Base

    Other Agencies

    COVID-19 Q&A

    A: The PHE will remain to allow the Wing necessary authorities to ensure the compliance, health and well-being, and safety of all Wolf Pack members. This includes military members, family members, DOD retirees, Korean National employees, contractors and anyone who has access to the base. All of the listed individuals must comply with any prevention instruction and guidance that is issued in this effort or face punishment under the UCMJ or be denied access to the installation for two years.

    Due to sustained risk of COVID-19 from off-peninsula, the USFK commander will extend the PHE in order to retain authority needed to combat COVID-19.

    A: U.S. Pacific Air Forces has issued a waiver on May 6, 2020 that allows unaccompanied short tour Airmen to proceed with their PCS. Check the latest update on MyPers as of May 6, 2020 and work with your chain of command if your original DEROS was affected by the Stop-Movement and further instruction to resume your move to and from Kunsan AB. Follow-on assignments are not being canceled at this time. 

    A: Leadership will continually reassess to determine if social lounges should open or stay closed based on current USFK health protection guidance. Stay tuned to official channels for any updates on this situation.

    A: The new normal applies to anyone and everyone who has access to USFK installations, at all times. All members must maintain social awareness. The USFK’s core tenets are as follows:

    • Protect Yourself: Be ready and resilient to protect yourself. Continue proper hygiene and sanitization practices. Maintain an active lifestyle with healthy habits. Keep rested with a healthy sleep cycle. Maintain a healthy work and life balance.
    • Protect Your Bubble: Mind the meter with masks at the ready to protect your bubble. Keep a recommended two-meter social distance. But a minimum of one-meter separation should be kept from others. Masks will be worn when separation cannot be maintained. Do not conduct handshakes with others.
    • Protect Others: Feeling sickly? Leave quickly to protect others. Stay at home when sick. Maximize telework capabilities with flexible work schedules and sick leave. Call the COVID-19 hotline if you feel symptoms at 050-3337-2556.

    For more information about USFK’s core tenets, please view additional resources and products on www.usfk.mil.  

     

    A: All training events will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. Training that does continue forward will maintain social distancing at all times.

    A: Travel to other USFK installations in HPCON Bravo is authorized. Additional coordination and approval will be required for certain activities in HPCON Charlie areas. Stay tuned for how this guidance is specifically applied to Kunsan Air Base.  

    For more information about USFK’s core tenets, please view additional resources and products on www.usfk.mil.  

    A: Local leave is authorized with chain of command approval. Off-peninsula leave requires an exception to policy approved by a component commander.

    All travel within Korea is authorized, to include Jeju Island. **Please be aware some airports are hot spots** Travel through Gimpo airport to Jeju is currently not authorized, as Gimpo Airport is in a hot spot. Travel within or through Area II (+) requires an O-6 exception to policy.  

    A: Check the COVID-19 Stop Movement page on MyPers and locate the “Entitlements Matrix during COVID-19” for more information on this topic.  

    A: Wear is still required in the BX, Commissary, Post Office, Shoppette and Food Court and any other location that required mask for entry during this time. Mask wear is still required when three feet of distance cannot be maintained off and on installation.

    Every individual on Kunsan AB must comply with this direction. Members should always carry a mask or face covering with them.

    For more information on the use, wear, disposal and more for mask wear, check out these World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control and Prevention pages. 

    A: At this time, members are not permitted to sign in and/or sponsor guests onto Kunsan AB.

    A: Gate screenings will still be required of any individual seeking entry into base in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the community.

    A: The mail received to the post office is still permitted. We encourage families and members to continue using mail services to communicate.

    A: Generally speaking, travel and activities within South Korea, including Jeju, is authorized with the exception of bars and clubs and movement from an HPCON Bravo area to an HPCON Charlie/Area II (+) area. All activities on installation are now authorized. Stay tuned for how this guidance is specifically applied to Kunsan Air Base.  

     

    For a comprehensive list of activities that are authorized for ALL Kunsan AB members on and off-base, please view the Kunsan COVID-19 Dashboard here.

    A: As of 6 a.m., May 20, 2020, the USFK commander has lowered the health protection condition to Bravo except Area II (+). HPCON guidance is mandatory for all U.S. military commands, installations, family members, Department of Defense and Korean National civilian employees, DOD retirees, contractors and any other persons with access to USFK installations in the Republic of Korea.

    A: DOD Civilians and Korean National Employees must adhere to “sick leave” policies and coordinate with their supervisors.

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    Experiencing symptoms?

    For emergency services: Dial 911 (on base phones) or 063-470-0911 (Korean cellphone) to receive URGENT care for any symptoms associated with COVID-19.

    For non-urgent notification of suspected COVID-19 contact: Contact 8th Medical Group Public Health at 782-4510/4509 or at 010-5464-3928 if you believe you have had close contact with individuals carrying COVID-19.

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