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. The current epidemic, which originated in mainland China, has demonstrated the capacity of COVID-19 to spread globally. 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. On Aug. 24, 2021, the Secretary of Defense determined that mandatory vaccinations for service members against COVID-19 was necessary to protect the Force and defend the American people. 


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Video by Jamal D. Sutter
Running with faith
413th Flight Test Group
June 13, 2019 | 3:53
In 2013, Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Brandan Keel joined running groups to combat his depression after finding out his wife got pregnant by another man. One of the groups incorporated running training with spiritual education. Keel has credited running as being a stress relief and one of the major things that helped turn his life around. He has participated in more than 80 organized running events, ranging from 5-kilometer runs to full marathons. Keel is a force management NCO in charge assigned to 413th Force Support Flight at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. (U.S. Air Force video by Jamal D. Sutter)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Graphic. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Rosario "Charo" Gutierrez)



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