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Altus AFB balances mission with COVID-19 health safety measures

COVID-19 changes made to Altus AFB.

A KC-46 Pegasus takes off, March 19, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Since COVID-19 health precautions have been made at Altus AFB, the mission of training exceptional mobility Airmen remains the same and will continue normal operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)

COVID-19 changes made to Altus AFB.

U.S. Air Force Kaylee Argonza, a food service specialist assigned to the 97th Force Support Squadron, hands an Airman his food during lunch, March 24, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. As part of the base-wide COVID-19 health precautions, Hangar 97 is only offering carry-out meals only to help keep Airmen safe and healthy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)

COVID-19 changes made to Altus AFB.

Anne Mendoza, a member of the Commander Support Staff for the 97th Security Forces Squadron, leads a Zumba class for a group of military spouses, March 24, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. While many base function services have been limited, outdoor activities and group projects are encouraged and many military families have taken part in a few unique events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

COVID-19 changes made to Altus AFB.

A KC-46 Pegasus crew chief assigned to the 97th Maintenance Squadron, directs a KC-46 out onto the runway, March 19, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The 97th Air Mobility Wing has implemented base-wide health and safety procedures in efforts to reduce the exposure to COVID-19 that corresponds to the Altus AFB memorandums. Some may affect the duty day, but none will interrupt the mission of Mobility’s Hometown. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)

COVID-19 changes made to Altus AFB.

A military child rollerblades outdoors, March 24, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Base leaders encourage military members and families to continue spending time outside getting exercise while still practicing safe social distancing techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nathan Allen)

COVID-19 changes made to Altus AFB.

CAPTIONSU. S. Air Force Airman Kayla Romer, a C-17 Globemaster III loadmaster student assigned to the 97th Training Squadron (TRS), takes a military child's temperature before entering the Child Development Center (CDC), March 24, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Public Health augmentees are providing extra help in high demand facilities, such as the CDC and Youth Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)

COVID-19 changes made to Altus AFB.

Anne Mendoza, a member of the Commander Support Staff for the 97th Security Forces Squadron, leads a Zumba class for a group of military spouses, March 24, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Many military families continue to enjoy outdoor activities that practice social distancing during the COVID-19 precautions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

COVID-19 changes made to Altus AFB.

A notice is posted outside Hangar 97 stating the new carry-out only, March 24, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Hangar 97 will continue to operate at normal business hours but will limit dining-in options to carry-out only. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)

COVID-19 changes made to Altus AFB.

U.S. Air Force Airman Andrew Crawford, a C-17 Globemaster III loadmaster student assigned to the 97th Training Squadron (TRS), takes a military child's temperature before entering the Child Development Center (CDC), March 24, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Until further notice, military parents and their children will have their temperatures checked before entering the CDC to help keep the children and employees at the CDC safe and healthy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Oklahoma -- The 97th Air Mobility Wing has implemented base-wide health safety procedures in an effort to reduce the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 throughout the month of March.

Body temperature checks at the Child Development Center and Youth Center, carry-out services at the Hangar 97 Dining Facility and revised Base Exchange and Commissary hours are some of the implementations Altus AFB has put in place to keep Airmen and their families safe and healthy during this time.

While many base functions and services are currently limited, spending time outdoors, while social-distancing, is encouraged.

Although our operational environment has changed, it is essential for the Airmen of the Mighty 97th to continue accomplishing the mission of training the next-generation of Mobility Aircrew and ensuring the safety and well being of Airmen and their families.

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