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U.S. Air Force Academy Coronavirus Updates

Throughout the pandemic, the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) has not wavered on its mission to educate, train and inspire men and women to become officers and leaders of character. As one of the first and only universities in the nation to have its entire student body return to campus, our cadets, faculty and staff have shared the responsibility of keeping our community healthy and safe.

We remain committed to an in-person academic and extracurricular experience for Spring 2022. We are slowly reopening the installation services, activities and workplaces, including welcoming back the general public to visit. Visitors must comply with our current mask mandate, which requires everyone to wear a mask while indoors regardless of vaccination status.

You may also explore our campus online by launching the interactive, 360-degree virtual tour. Tour stops include the Cadet Chapel, Jacks Valley, Mitchell Hall, Falcon Stadium and more!

Launch Virtual Tour

Group of cadets outdoors

 

Current Status

We continually monitor the spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic and are taking actions to mitigate threats to community health and impacts to mission. Per Department of Defense guidance, we are unable to share the positive case numbers. We are continuing to observe Health Protection Condition (HPCON) level “B” to further safeguard service members, community and the national defense missions supported here. HPCON-B indicates a substantial risk of disease being spread and increases protective measures like mask mandates and restrictions on in-person meetings. All service members, cadets, federal employees, on-site contractors, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask indoors in facilities at the Academy. Cadets and Cadet Candidates are not required to wear masks in their personal dorm rooms.

On August 30, 2021, the U.S. Air Force Academy held a vaccination point of distribution for cadets to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in line with the guidance from the Secretary of Defense. Department of Defense guidance is that only vaccines fully licensed by the FDA are mandated for service members. To learn more about the Department of the Air Force guidance on immunizations, click here. Currently, no administrative or disciplinary actions will be taken against cadets who do not receive the vaccine. Service-level policies, when released, determine what, if any, actions will be taken.

The Secretary of Defense has indicated that the health and well-being of our Department of Defense personnel are a readiness issue. Military personnel protect the nation from great threats and they should be protected themselves as much as possible from COVID-19. As the Department does with other deadly infections, we protect the force through the best tool available, vaccination. Required vaccinations to protect the force are routine for the DoD, including the annual influenza vaccination. The DoD currently requires at least nine vaccines for individuals entering military service and up to 17 vaccines depending on the Service member’s role and geographic region.

The COVID-19 vaccine has been available voluntarily to the U.S. Air Force Academy population since January 2021. The COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective, which is why senior leadership across the institution encourages all members to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others. As we progress into 2022, the new COVID-19 variants will require continued diligence. COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death; but to maintain robust efficacy vaccines require a booster. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommend a booster shot five months after receiving the Pfizer vaccine, six months after the Moderna vaccine, or two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. To book a vaccination appointment via the 10th Medical Group, click here. Questions about vaccinations should be emailed to usaf.usafa.10-mdg.mbx.public-health@mail.mil.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

Recent communications sent to the campus community related to the coronavirus outbreak will be provided below.

January 4, 2022 – Pause on USAFA Exceptions to Policy on the Use of Masks

September 8, 2021 – Consolidated USAFA Guidance and Exceptions to Policy on the Use of Masks Indoors

July 29, 2021 – USAFA Updated Guidance on the Use of Masks Indoors

April 30, 2021 – 90-Day Extension of Public Health Emergency

February 5, 2021 – 90-Day Extension of Public Health Emergency

February 1, 2021 – Return to Reopening Phase II-b

 

CADET UPDATES

Cadets suspected of exposure to the virus or showing signs of illness will be assessed. If the assessment shows the cadet may have been exposed, they will be quarantined and tested. If the test results are positive, the cadet will remain in isolation until 1) 5 days from start of symptoms, 2) 24 hours fever free, and 3) symptoms are improving.

January 5, 2022 – Cadet Wing COVID Rules and Response Phases

 

Employee UPDATES

On September 9, 2021, the President of the United States directed mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for all Federal employees in order to ensure the health and safety of the Federal workforce and members of the public with whom they interact, subject to exceptions as provided by law. Subsequently, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued “Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination of DoD Civilian Employees,” dated October 1, 2021, and the Department of the Air Force implemented that directive by memorandum from the Secretary of the Air Force, “Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination of Department of the Air Force Civilian Employees”, dated October 8, 2021. In accordance with this guidance, all civilian employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than November 22, 2021, unless the employee has an approved exemption or pending exemption request based on religious reasons or medical conditions. For frequently asked questions, click here.

All Department of the Air Force civilian employees and military members who are not fully vaccinated are required to undergo COVID-19 screening testing. To learn more, click here. For frequently asked questions, supervisors click here and employees click here.

Colorado and El Paso County have increasing supplies of the COVID vaccination and boosters. USAFA personnel and medical beneficiaries may elect to obtain this vaccination in the local community rather than through USAFA vaccine distributions. Active Duty, Guard, Reserve personnel assigned/attached to USAFA who receive the COVID vaccine outside of the 10th Medical Group are asked to bring a copy of the vaccine information to their primary care provider or our immunizations clinic. To find the vaccine in the local area, click here.

Academy personnel continue to transition to a modified workplace that reduces the risk of viral transmission. Such modifications include assigning blue/silver team work shifts so not all workers are working at the same time, rearrangement of the workplace to separate workers by six feet or more and ensuring hand sanitizer and cleaning products are readily available. To pursue teleworking, complete the required training and then complete a telework agreement in coordination with your supervisor. For the latest teleworking guidance, click here.

To learn more about our civilian personnel policies as it relates to communicable diseases and influenza, click here. This website provides up-to-date guidance from the Department of the Air Force, Department of Defense and the Office of Personnel Management. Military and civilian personnel may also visit the secure myPers website (CAC required) for more information. If you are unable to access myPers, download the following instructions to access on your personal Apple and Android devices.

If employees or supervisors have any questions or require additional information, email 10FSS.FSCA.Main@us.af.mil.

January 7, 2022 – Commanders and Supervisors Guide to COVID and Flu Season

December 30, 2021 –  Tools to Mitigate the Threat of the Omicron Variant of Coronavirus Disease 2019

December 10, 2021 – USAFA Implementation Guidance for Mandatory COVID-19 Screening Testing Requirements

October 29, 2021 – USAFA Implementation Guidance for Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination of Civilian Employees

October 29, 2021 – DoD Guidance for Vaccination Attestation, Screening, Testing, and Verification 

October 25, 2021 – Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Frequently Asked Questions

October 22, 2021 – Department of the Air Force Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Guide

August 9, 2021 – Secretary of Defense Message to the Force

June 23, 2021 – USAFA Telework/Remote Work Policy

May 19, 2021 – Department of the Air Force Guidance Memorandum for Telework Program

April 29, 2021 – Guidance for Commanders’ Risk-Based Responses and Implementation

October 20, 2020 – USAFA Return to Work (In-Person) and Communication Business Rules

June 4, 2020 – Reasonable Accommodation Process and FAQs

May 6, 2020 – USAFA Reopening Guide During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 15, 2020 – Civilian Personnel Guidance: Questions and Answers the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

 

Visitors, Services & Events Updates

The public may visit daily from 5:30am to 10pm daily via the North Gate entrance. Visitors must comply with our current mask mandate, which requires everyone to wear a mask while indoors regardless of vaccination status. Children ages 5 and under are not required to wear masks.

The Cadet Chapel remains closed for renovations and the Planetarium is not offering any public shows. The public is welcome to access the Visitor CenterArnold Hall food court and bathrooms, and our hiking and biking trails.

For the must up-to-date information on athletic events, visit our Athletics website.

The Community Chapel has resumed worship services at the following times: Catholic Mass on Saturday and Sunday at 4pm and Protestant Service on Sunday at 9:30am. Due to limited space, all desiring to attend services must register online. Chaplains remain available for spiritual support. For questions, call 719-333-3300.

The Exchange and Commissary are open to all eligible shoppers. For the latest hours of operation and services, visit the Exchange website or Commissary website.

For the latest on our fitness center, Child Development Center, Eisenhower golf course and more, visit our Force Support Squadron website.

 

Travel restrictions

Travel restrictions will be re-evaluated on a routine basis and all communications will be provided below. For the latest travel advisories and guidance, visit the MyPers website (CAC required).

We strongly encourage all cadets, cadet candidates and permanent party to carefully plan any leisure domestic travel and consider the associated risks. While we understand that modifying or canceling travel may cause financial hardship, many companies are offering refunds based on travel disruptions. Although there is no mechanism for USAFA to refund travel expenses incurred from canceling or postponing leisure travel, click here for an official letter detailing our travel restrictions.

For the latest DoD guidance, click here. The following is supplemental USAFA guidance:

April 9, 2021 – Updated USAFA Travel Guidance

March 15, 2021 – SECDEF Memo – Update to Conditions-based Approach

August 24, 2020 – USAFA Leave Policy for Travel Outside of 250 Miles

June 30, 2020 – USAFA Updated Stop Movement Order – Local Area Intent, Radius, and Waivers

 

Health Services

If you are a USAFA 10th Medical Group beneficiary and wish to be tested for coronavirus, call the Patient Appointing Service at 719-526-2273 to leave a message. A nurse will then return your call to coordinate an appointment. Do not show up to the clinic without calling ahead, as that puts other patients and healthcare workers at risk. For urgent issues, call 719-333-5413.

To book a vaccination appointment via the 10th Medical Group, click here. Questions about vaccinations should be emailed to usaf.usafa.10-mdg.mbx.public-health@mail.mil. For any additional public health questions, visit the 10th Medical Group website or call 719-333-9443.

January 5, 2022 – 10th Medical Group COVID-19 Guide to Care

February 22, 2021 – USAFA Guidance on Use of Masks

November 16, 2020 – 10th Medical Group COVID-19 Services Summary

August 2, 2019 – USAFA Cadet Medical Information and FAQs