COVID-19 UPDATE | Lajes Force Support

LATEST INFORMATION - 8 Sep 0830L   As of 9 Aug, the Regional Government of the Azores has placed Terceira Island under the “Low Risk” status, but it is still reporting community transmission.   The following are the measures currently in effect: Gather...

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COVID-19 UPDATE

LATEST INFORMATION - 8 Sep 0830L

 

As of 9 Aug, the Regional Government of the Azores has placed Terceira Island under the “Low Risk” status, but it is still reporting community transmission.   The following are the measures currently in effect:

Gatherings on public roads are limited to a maximum number of eight people, unless they are from the same household;

  • Restaurants, coffee shops and bars are open. Night clubs are open, but with no dancing.
  • During their operation, there is a limit of eight people per table, unless they are from the same household, and respecting a maximum capacity of one third of the total capacity of the establishment;
  • Participation in public or cultural events and sports is limited to one quarter of the respective full capacity.

 

  • Use of Masks – it is still mandatory for both vaccinated and unvaccinated personnel, indoors and outdoors, whenever one cannot maintain the social distance (2m/6ft). This applies to on-base and off-base.

 

Travel to the Azores – All passengers (over the age of 12) are required to present either the (1) European Digital COVID Vaccination Certificate or (2) a negative RT-PCR done within 72 hours prior to departure flight, or proof of having recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days.

 

Inter-Island travel – Passengers originating in Islands with a current high rate of cases (S. Miguel) are required to present a negative 72-hour test whenever traveling to any of the other eight Islands, unless such travelers have a valid European Digital COVID Vaccination Certificate. 

 

Visit the Regional Government of the Azores COVID-19 web page for daily updates https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt

 

For information about Mainland Portugal, visit https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

 

At the European Union website https://reopen.europa.eu/ - you can find information on each European country.

 

Click here for Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination of Department of Defense Service Members

 

Click here for Health and Safety Restrictions for Air Base 4, Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 

Current measures in place to reduce transmission of COVID-19 will remain in place.  These measures include mandatory use of cloth face coverings at the Ocean View, BX, Commissary, Barber Shop, any customer service areas, and whenever you cannot maintain 6 feet (2 meters) separation from another individual; frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer; frequent disinfecting of surfaces and common areas; and physical distancing to the maximum extent possible. 

For the most up-to-date information on confirmed cases in the Azores, Portugal visit the Regional Government of the Azores website.

The World Health Organization also keeps a running tally on confirmed cases across the world.

Face coverings are mandatory for all CUSTOMERS when using the following services at Lajes Field until further notice: Ocean View Grill, Commissary, AAFES, Barber Shop, Lodging, Post Office, Pass and ID, Laundry, MPF, Finance, and Medical Aid Station.

Employees will wear face coverings when directly assisting customers or working in the customer service area when customers are present or when workers cannot maintain a physical distance of 6 feet (2 meters) from other workers.

Arriving transient personnel are being restricted to Lajes Field for the duration of their stay and are being housed in our lodging or contingency dorms.

TDY Personnel Map

All personnel who have travelled or are in ROM are not allowed in the Event Room area of the Ocean View reserved for personnel assigned to Lajes Field for 6+ days, local nationals and PoAF. 

- All personnel must arrive with a negative RT-PCR no more than 72 hours prior to arrival (even personnel who are fully vaccinated)

-  All personnel are required to take a second RT-PCR COVID-19 test six days from the date of the initial test and a third test on the 12th day. Upon negative results of the six day test, the member may move out of ROM status (Fully vaccinated personnel are exempt from ROM)

-  Masks are still required in any indoor or outdoor common area/shared workspace (see paragraph 4 for exceptions)

 

In our effort to further support the community, the 86th MDG Disaster Mental Health Team stood up a COVID-19 Stress Line M-F from 1000-1400.

Please be sure to read this message in its entirety for complete information about this service:

Individuals can call the Stress Phone Line to discuss stress reactions directly associated with COVID-19 and the current situation. Topics might include health anxiety, stressors of isolation/lockdown, and ways to cope with restriction of activities.

When you call this line members of our Stress Response Team will provide solution-focused recommendations that can help you and your family during this unique and stressful time.

The Stress Phone Line IS NOT:

A mental health crisis line. If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others, please do one of the following:

Contact your squadron leadership

Call 112 and/or report to Landstuhl Region Medical Center (LRMC) Emergency Department

Call the Mental Health Clinic at 06371-46-2390 (Comm) and 479-2390 (DSN)

Present to the Ramstein Mental Health Clinic for walk-in M-F from 0730-1600 (Active Duty only). After business hours present to LRMC Emergency Department.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 extension 1

An appointment phone line for the Mental Health Clinic or a method to contact a mental health provider. Please call 479-2390 or 06371-46-2390 to contact the Mental Health Clinic

A tele-mental health therapy phone line. Mental health services are not provided with this phone line.

Nurse advice line.

A domestic violence crisis line. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, please do one of the following:

Call the Family Advocacy Program at 06371-46-2370 M-F from 0730-1630
Call Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA) at 0173-628-4624 (24/7 Cell)
Call 112

To use this service, please call one of the following numbers between 1000-1400 M-F to speak with a member of our team.

06371-47-9001 Option #3
480-9001 Option #3

Monday-Friday between 0800-1500
Commercial: 351 295-57-4233/1086  On-Call Phone: 927-156-485

The Medical Aid Station asks that you follow proper protocol for access to medical care with the reopening of the Chace Fitness Center.

  1. Call before visiting the medical aid station for any reason: medical care, in/out processing, or general questions.
  2. DO NOT enter through the Fitness Center front doors.
  3. Patients are to use a single point entry through the back entrance of the fitness center.
  4. You will be escorted by Medical Aid Station personnel in and out of the facility.
  5. You are required to wear a cloth face covering.

We ask that if you are utilizing the gym, please DO NOT use the Medical Aid Station area as a walkthrough. There are cones in place to remind gym patrons not to enter this area.

These procedures are in place to protect the patients, gym patrons, and medical staff.

If you are experiencing symptoms, please call the Medical Aid Station for further instructions at 535-4233/1086 or 927-156-485. 

DO NOT show up to the Medical Aid Station.

The COVID-19 Hotline for Local Nationals (800-29-29-29) has the latest information and is available for questions.

If you have COVID related symptoms, i.e cough, shortness of breath and fever call (808-24-60-24).

If you have a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 if on base or 1-1-2 if off base.

The COVID-19 Hotline for Active Duty is +351-927-156-485  and is available 24 hours.

Non-Command Sponsored Dependents experiencing Covid19 symptoms should follow the guidance from the Portuguese Regional Health Department by calling the Health Line at 808-24-60-24. 

Follow all recommendations for quarantine and self-care at home.  Mild Covid19 symptoms are to be managed at home, do not go to the hospital unless directed.  Non-Command Sponsored Dependents can purchase over-the-counter medication from the commissary or local pharmacy.  If a doctor determines that the illness is severe enough for hospitalization Non-Command Sponsored Dependents will utilize the Angra Hospital. 

The Medical Aid Station will assist administratively with Tricare claims and reimbursements. The Medical Aid Station is committed to providing the best quality care to its beneficiaries in the safest manner. We ask for your understanding and patience if your appointments are disrupted or waiting times are longer than normal due to staffing/resources limitations. These changes are in the best interest of the entire community as we move through this COVID-19 challenge.

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

What mental health clinicians can do about the coronavirus: 

https://simpleandpractical.com/coronavirus/

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease: 

https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf

Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak, by the WHO:  

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_2

1. Psychological effects of quarantine

2. Strategies for Managing COVID-19 Stress and Anxiety

 

Monday to Friday 0800-1700

Customers must wear a face covering

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 535-2666

If you have an emergency work order requirement please contact DSN 535-3335 and from off base +351 295 57 3335. 

Monday to Friday 0800-1700.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 535-4173 / lajeshousing@gmail.com 

Click here for UH Inbound and Outbound Procedures. 

 

Please send any issues to MSgt Newman and he will send to appropriate channels. Alexander.Newman@us.af.mil ; DSN: 535-1407

During the current COVID-19 pandemic 65 LRS wants to continue to meet all customer demands with the highest quality service; however, some restrictions apply in order to comply with current health protection guidance.

65 LRS would like to inform the following:

Fuels Operations continue to be 24/7 (DSN 535-4218); email Fuels.Service.Center@us.af.mil 

Traffic Management Office -- Passenger & Personal Property customer service Monday – Friday hours 0800 - 1700 by appointment only (DSN 535-3442 / 5168, e-mail 65LRS.TMO.TMOPassengerTravel@us.af.mil / ana.lemos.pt@us.af.mil / [andrew.barter@us.af.mil]andrew.barter@us.af.mil);

Traffic Management Office -- Cargo customer service Monday – Friday 0800 –1200 & 1300 - 1700 (DSN 535-2202 / 2201 / 3376, email:  carlos.medeiros.1.pt@us.af.mil / luis.sousa.pt@us.af.mil);

Customs Clearance & Vehicle Processing Center customer service Monday to Friday 1300 – 1600 by appointment only (DSN 535-3317, e-mail 65LRS.LGRDDC.VPC@us.af.mil / paulo.sousa.pt@us.af.mil);

POV turn ins/pick-ups Mondays and Tuesdays 1300 – 1600 by appointment only (DSN 535-3317, e-mail 65LRS.LGRDDC.VPC@us.af.mil / paulo.sousa.pt@us.af.mil);

Materiel Management (aka Supply) customer service hours are Monday – Friday 0800 – 1700 (DSN 535-3270 / 4243, email 65LRS.CustomerService.org@us.af.mil);

Vehicle Maintenance customer service hours are Monday – Friday 0800-1600 by appointment only (DSN 535-3840, after hours/emergencies contact on-call cellphone: 960-220-334).

Customers are encouraged to contact these sections by telephone and email as much as possible.  For situations that require your physical presence, please bring your mask or you will be turned away!

Face coverings are mandatory for all CUSTOMERS. Employees will wear face coverings when directly assisting customers or working in the customer service area when customers are present or when workers cannot maintain a physical distance of 6 feet (2 meters) from other workers.

Force Support Flight Leadership

For any FSF questions or support, please call Mr. Dan Becker at 967-679-699 or e-mail daniel.becker.10@us.af.mil

LODGING RECEPTION
Daily 24x7
DSN 535-5178
Guests will wear a face covering when out of their room.  If a housekeeper needs to service the room, we request the guest put on the facemask.  Guests are required to maintain social distancing at check in/check out.  Guests should be prepared with ID and Credit Card to expedite service. For large groups, Lodging will coordinate with Group POC to receive all credit card information and will have keys ready to expedite check-in of the group. Guests may NOT have social gatherings in common areas; Lobby, conference room, day rooms, etc.!

 
TOP OF THE ROCK COMMONS - FOOD SERVICE

Hours: 0900-2000  

DSN 535-4992

Click here for our MENU

Pre-Order and Pay by Phone in order to use the “Pickup Line” or Place your Order at TORC using the “Ordering Line”.

You can TAKE OUT or DINE IN with the following rules:  

The only entrance to the building is the double door on the right side facing the parking lot. Hand sanitizer is available and mandatory for personal as they enter the facility. All customers need to follow social distancing of 6 feet by adhering to the signs on the floor.  All payments will be by credit/debit card and cash. Guests will wear facemasks when ordering and will remove them only when eating.

All personnel who have travelled or are in ROM are not allowed in the Event Room area of the TORC. This area is reserved for personnel assigned to Lajes Field for 6+ days, local nationals and PoAF. 

Use only tables with a green card facing up and flip to red when selecting a table. After ordering customers should wait until their number is called before going to the counter. Condiments are behind the counter and are provided upon request. Customers may not move tables and chairs.  TORC uses disposable utensils, cups and plates for every customer. When finished, dispose all products in the container provided and leave the tray next to it.  One person is designated to disinfect tables after each customer during all operating hours.

TRAVEL AGENT 
Mondays 1000-1300 - Wednesdays 
Top of the Rock Commons T-121

LAUNDRY
Monday - Friday 1000-1800
DSN 535-3630
We will serve one customer at a time.  If there is more than one customer, the other customer will have to wait in the lobby area.  Credit/debit card and contactless Apple Pay only - no cash.

AIRMAN & FAMILY READINESS 

Monday to Friday 0800-1200 and 1300-1700

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 535-4138

Appointments are required for service, even if it is just to pick-up or return household dish kits.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Monday to Friday: 0800-1700
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 535-2351
Establish contact by email or phone.

MARKETING
Monday to Friday: 0800-1700
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 535-6105
Customers should call in before requesting Marketing Services. Cell 962816086. For U.S. License Plate orders, be sure that the registration document is in-hand prior to contacting Marketing. Order your plates at the Ocean View 535-4992. Click here for more information about the options and costs.  

MILITARY PERSONNEL SECTION
Monday to Friday: 0800-1700
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 535-4212 / 65fsf.fsmpmps@us.af.mil
We are giving priority to in and out processing appointments and CAC card issues. The Squadron/flight must scan in member’s in-processing package and send to the MPS via email.  The window will stay closed! 

MILITARY AND FAMILY LIFE COUNSELOR (MFLC)
Video and Telephone Counseling Now Available. 
DSN 535-4213  Commercial +351-925-717-854 (M-F, 0800-2000) 

For aditional info on MFLC program click here

For aditional Crisis Support Resources click here

Military and Family Life Counseling Program click here.

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/health-wellness/recommended-wellness-apps/

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/confidential-help/



POST OFFICE
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1000-1730 and Wednesday 1000-1400
DSN 535-1203
Customers are required to face coverings in the Post Office.

 

EDUCATION CENTER

Education Services

Education Services

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

535-1115

Education Advisor

535-2886 or e-mail randy.phillips.3.ctr@us.af.mil

 

National Test Center and University of Maryland Global Campus (UMCG)  Lajes Office

Bldg. T-146, 2nd floor

535-4187 or e-mail scott.erwin@umcg.edu

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

DSN: 535-4187 or e-mail scott.erwin@umgc.edu

The current UMGC class schedule can be found at: http://webapps.umuc.edu/soc/europe.cfm   

 

USAFE E-LIBRARY

Click here for our Digital Library information. 

Air Force Libraries - Overdrive Registration: eBooks/Audiobooks
Sponsors can register via "Email Self Registration" from the AF Library: Air Force Library. Must have email with AF “.mil” email
Service members and/or family members who already have a library card and if their library is listed while signing-in at the AF Library can access the Overdrive site by selecting their library and entering library card number and pin
If neither of the two above options are available, family members can email AFSVA.SVPL.aflibraries@us.af.mil with a request for registration
Members should submit their name, sponsor’s name and unit to verify eligibility. A temporary Learning Resource Center (LRC) library card will be provided through 30 June 2020 and email login information will be sent directly to family member
Retirees and their dependents (i.e. spouse, etc.) may also request temporary access by emailing AFSVA.SVPL.aflibraries@us.af.mil 
Overdrive sign in page: Sign in
For additional information, contact Ms. Ako Mendoza at DSN 969-7184

 

FITNESS CENTER

Daily 24x7 CAC card only

Guests must disinfect their hands when entering facility – use the hand sanitizer located by the main staircase.  Guest must maintain social distance of 6 feet – for instance, do not use the treadmill next to someone else.  Guests must sanitize equipment prior to and post use.  Facemasks are required when arriving at the facility.  However, facemasks wear is not required when working out because it will limit your oxygen level.

DNS 535-6126

FITNESS TESTING DURING COVID-19

COVID-19 Fitness Talking Points 21 May 2020

Suspension of Official FA in Response to COVID-19 21 May 2020

If Airmen are unable to complete their Fitness Assessment due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the unit Commander may place the member in a Composite Exemption following the guidance above.

If the Airmen's previous Fitness Assessment was a failure, the unit must submit an Exception to Policy (ETP) request signed by a Wing Commander or equivalent in order for the Airmen to be eligible for promotion.

POC for this message is AFPC Special Programs Section, AFPC/DP3SA, DSN 665-5973, Commercial 210-565-5973.

POC at Lajes Field is Agostinho “Gus” Silva at 535-6179 or agostinho.silva.pt@us.af.mil

 

CIVILIAN PERSONNEL SECTION

Monday to Friday: 0800-1700 - Establish contact by email or phone call

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 535-5137

Please e-mail your CPS representative at the following:
Civilian Personnel Officer Michelle Hoeschen michelle.hoeschen.1@us.af.mil
Employee Management Relations Carla Leal Carla.leal.pt@us.af.mil 
Personnel Specialist Catia Relvas catia_cristina.relvas.pt@us.af.mil 
Personnel Specialist Miguel Janeiro nuno.janeiro.pt@us.af.mil 

PORTUGUESE SOCIAL SECURITY

EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES WITHIN THE AMBIT OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS

For any 765 FSF questions or support, please call Mr. Dan Becker at 967-679-699 or e-mail daniel.becker.10@us.af.mil

Face coverings are mandatory for all CUSTOMERS. Employees will wear face coverings when directly assisting customers or working in the customer service area when customers are present or when workers cannot maintain a physical distance of 6 feet (2 meters) from other workers.

 

COMMISSARY

Tuesday to Saturday 1000-1830. Closed Sunday and Monday.

For customer assistance: 535-6124 or 535-3515

 

AAFES

Monday to Friday 1100-1800. Closed Saturday & Sunday.

535-5120

 

BARBERSHOP
Monday to Friday: 0900-1300 and 1400-1800
New procedures you can expect to see:
- The use of masks/face coverings for all patrons is required.
- Physical distancing, do not sit in groups, do not conglomerate outside the barbershop  (Bench outside barbershop is for one person only) .  
- No other patrons are authorized inside the barbershop other than the customer and the barber. 
- The barber may ask for you to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer
- Credit card use is CURRENTLY NOT available ONLY CASH
Please give the barber ample time to clean in between customers, please be patient and wait for barber to call you in.
Since space is limited consider returning at a later time or wait outside the facility.

DRESS & APPEARANCE POLICY

 

 
By appointment only. Monday to Friday 0830 – 1600
 
Please call, 535-3358 or 918749262,
or contact DLA Area Manager Mr. Goldsack MOBILE: (44) 7444-724110.
 
 
Customers must wear a face covering. All customers will wear face coverings when coming into the DLA installation to unload/load and when workers cannot maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from other workers.
 

Monday – Friday
0800 – 1130 / 1300 – 1530

Please continue to make appointments thru email debora.costa.pt@us.af.mil or DSN: 535-4786.

It is highly recommended that in situations where documentation must be submitted, it be done so electronically (BA4_GA_EPA_SECCIDCTR@emfa.pt)

Priority will be given to Non-Face-to-Face Service, made by telephone (295 543 681/2/3, 295 543 690 or 295 540 491)

Or by email (BA4_GA_EPA_SECCIDCTR@emfa.pt)

Face-to-face service must be scheduled through the numbers mentioned above or by e-mail (mentioned above)

Only one customer per service desk will be allowed to remain inside the building at a time

Mask use is mandatory to enter the customer Service Area

When entering the Service Area, you should disinfect your hands with an alcohol based solution, available at the entrance

Since the service area will accommodate only 1 customer at a time, folks waiting will wait outside with a minimum distance of 1.5 meters (5 feet) between them, without creating groups

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday = 0900 - 1500 (closed for lunch at 1200-1315)
Wednesday = Closed
Friday = 0900-1200

The 765 CPTF Finance office is excited to announce the launch of the Air Force Comptroller Services Portal (CSP) https://usaf.dps.mil/teams/SAFFMCSP/portal/SitePages/Home.aspx.

The CSP enables Airmen to submit customer service requests related to Military Pay, Civilian Pay, and Travel Pay, through a simple online process. The site is secure and fully protects Personally Identifiable Information (PII). CSP does not require VPN access but does require a CAC reader when using a personal computer. Members will be prompted to review their user profile and make any necessary updates (2-3 minute process) before submitting their initial request.

The CSP allows customers to submit, review, and track their requests anytime, anywhere.  Email notifications alert the customer anytime changes are made. As the CSP continues to grow, you will also have access to regulations, announcements, knowledge articles, calendars, and other useful links to assist you in all things FM.

We are looking forward to the exciting and positive change this new service will provide.

If you experience any difficulty using the site, please contact us at (314) 535-2427.  Our technicians will be happy to assist in submitting your request.

SAFETY

Monday to Friday 0800-1700

To minimize foot traffic throughout the building, the Legal Office will not be accepting walk-in customers. For legal assistance individuals must call or email in advance and schedule an appointment.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 535-3546 / 65ABG.JA@us.af.mil

Chaplain will be available for walk-in counseling at Chapel 0930 - 1130 Tue-Fri, and can be reached 24/7.
Chaplain Cell 964-335-471

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate (SAPR VA) will not host office hours, but is available for appointments.
SAPR VA Cell 965-831-418

MILITARY ONE SOURCE

Phone number for collect calls to Military One Source: 703-253-7599

Follow local instructions for placing a collect call to the US.

Team 65,

BASE TRAVEL & HOST NATION RESTRICTIONS

- Per the 765 ABG Commander as of 10 November 2020 the following restrictions are in effect for Lajes Field military personnel:

-  Local leave is restricted to Terceira Island due to the rising COVID-19 case counts on the nine islands of the Azores (does not apply to COT, OTEIP or “mid tour” leave)

-  All clubs that serve both alcohol and have dancing are closed - do NOT visit these establishments

- Bars and other establishments that sell alcohol will close at 2200

- Gas stations can remain open between 2200 and 0600, but only to sell fuel

- All 765 ABG public events (sporting or otherwise) require 765 ABG/CC approval

- All 765 ABG passengers arriving from outside the Azores will restrict their movements until the result of the 6th day test, use face masks and respect physical distancing

- Any 765 ABG inter-island travel exceptions require 765 ABG/CC approval

- Additional measures may be implemented if required

- Use face masks outdoors, whenever physical distancing is not possible; Exceptions are: individuals unable to wear a face mask due to health reason and with a medical statement, or when performing certain activities incompatible with the use of face masks (i.e. sports), or when individuals of the same household are together with no one else around them.

- In home gatherings will be 6 personnel or less

 

LEAVE

- Per the attached SECDEF leave memo, "Authorized leave outside the local area will be approved at a level no lower than the unit commander or equivalent."  This applies to all DoD service members.

- The 65 ABG COVID Leave Policy states:

- In accordance with AFI 36-3003 all leave must begin and end in the local area.

- However for the purposes of regular and special passes, the local area definition is based on the installation commander’s judgement and sound judgement dictates local area be based on Restrictions of Movement (ROM), thereby keeping members within the Azores, Portugal or within Sevilla Province, Spain.

- Commanders at all levels must ensure that travel outside these regions requires member to be in leave status, not while on pass.

- In an effort to ensure that all 765 ABG members are able to have equitable access to respite periods in leave status, the following policies are enacted:

- All members will continue to be authorized use of Deferred Consecutive Overseas Tour (COT), In-Place Consecutive Overseas Tour (IPCOT) or Overseas Tour Extension Incentive Program (OTEIP) entitlements

- For those utilizing COT, IPCOT or OTEIP, any ROM imposed upon return to Lajes Field or to Morón AB will not be chargeable.

-  For those utilizing COT, IPCOT or OTEIP, any ROM imposed at their leave destination will be considered chargeable.

-  For those members not entitled to either COT, IPCOT or OTEIP then regular leave can be used.

-  For those taking regular leave, any ROM imposed at their leave destination will be considered chargeable. In an effort to ensure that ROM imposed upon return from regular leave is not a limiting factor to the overall leave program, an annual “mid-tour” period of regular leave will be exempted. This regular leave or “mid-tour” period should be no less than 14 days and no longer than 30 days and is voluntarily designated by the member taking leave.

-  Any ROM imposed by a return from emergency leave will not be chargeable under any circumstances.

-  Regardless of leave entitlement or status, members returning from leave who can telework from home during the imposed ROM will be expected to do so.

-  No policy can cover every situation therefore all exception to policy requests will be routed through the 765 ABG/CCF for approval to maintain equitable leave decisions throughout the 765th Air Base Group.

- For Lajes, approval for members of the GSA will be the 765 ABG/CD.  All other approvals will be at the squadron commander level.

- We know many Airmen and family members want to travel to the United States on leave, but all non-official travel to/from the United States remains high risk at this time.  Commanders have the authority to deny leave requests due to military necessity.  If leave is approved a risk assessment must be conducted IAW Under SECDEF FHP Guidance Supp. 14.  Keep in mind Airmen could get stuck in the United States or be forced to quarantine if returning from a risk area, even if DoD includes the state on its list of green locations.

OFFICIAL TRAVEL

-  Reference Under SECDEF FHP Guidance Supp. 14 for all requirements involved with official travel (PCS, TDY etc.). 

            -- The biggest takeaways are all travel WILL have a risk assessment completed

            -- All travelers will have a COVID-19 test completed prior to commencing travel

-  Additionally read through the attached myPers STOP MOVEMENT Update CAO 10 February 2021 for all official travel requirements for AF specific questions

- For the health and safety of all employees, local national civilian employees are highly encouraged to notify their supervisors when they travel outside the local area so all can take proper precautions upon that employee’s return to work.

Below are several useful references as you plan travel:

 1 - SECDEF Memo Transition to Conditions - Based Phased Approach - 22 May 20
 2 - FHP Guidance Sup 14 DoD Guidance For Personnel Traveling During COVID-19 Pandemic - 29 Dec 20
 3 - Sec AF Travel Restriction Delegation of Authority - 26 Oct 20
 4 - Questions and Answers - 11 Feb 2021
 5 - UA Short Tour Waivers
 6 - A1 Policy Memo on Casualty and Mortuary Program Changes for COVID-19 - 24 Aug 20
 7 - Flying, Training, and PME Waivers 
 8 - Waiver to Approve Mission-essential travel Template -8 Feb 21
 9 - Exemption of Authorized Leave for DoD Service Members from COVID-19 travel restrictions
10 - EXORD Reporting Status of Isolated or Quarantined Personnel COVID-19 - 29 Apr 20
11 - 65 ABG COVID-19 Leave Policy
12 - AFPC Stop Movement Guidance - 12 Feb 2021
13 - Travel Decision Flowchart_PCS TDY - 9 Feb 21

Register with the State Department SMART Traveler Program website: https://step.state.gov/

Be sure to select Ponta Delgada as closest embassy & include LAJES FIELD/DEROS in the address block.

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