U.S. Air Force Academy Coronavirus Updates
The Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread and is an increasing force health protection threat worldwide. The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) is continually monitoring the situation and taking action to mitigate threats to community health, and impacts to our mission.
The USAFA installation commander declared a public health emergency on March 23 due to the evolving threat of coronavirus. The declaration allows the base commander to take certain protective measures, such as restricting base movement and limiting services. The emergency order is in place for 30 days, but can be terminated or extended as required. The state of Colorado, Colorado Springs and various counties throughout the state are in similar states of emergency. The Governor of Colorado has enacted a stay-at-home order through at least April 11, which limits the conduct of nonessential business and activities. This order applies to all USAFA cadets, faculty and staff currently in the state of Colorado.
Base officials have elevated the Health Protection Condition (HPCON) level to “C” to further safeguard service members, community and the national defense missions supported here. HPCON-C indicates a substantial risk of disease being spread and further increases protective measures like social distancing and potential shelter-in-place orders, as well as restrictions on in-person meetings and official travel.
Access to the base is restricted to official business only, which encompasses going to work, living in base housing, accessing medical and pharmacy services, tending to boarded animals at the stables and accessing an RV stored on base.
USAFA is monitoring anyone who shows signs of illness, and are following CDC and DoD guidelines for testing and medical responses. 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 as a positive, the cadet will remain in isolation until the symptoms have resolved and/or lab results return negative.
As this is a dynamic situation, this webpage will provide timely information on the evolving outbreak, as well as actions the Academy is taking to mitigate the spread of the virus. For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here. Please check back regularly for recommendations and instructions for cadets, parents, visitors, faculty and staff.
All Superintendent communications sent to the campus community related to the coronavirus outbreak will be provided below. For more letters from the Commandant, Dean and other senior leaders, click here.
|April 6, 2020 – Superintendent Weekly Update||March 16, 2020 – Superintendent Letter #6|
On March 13, USAFA began an orderly dismissal of cadet candidates at the prep school and four, three and two degrees (freshman, sophomores and juniors). The first class (seniors) cadets remained on campus to continue their studies. The goal of this action was to maximize the chances of graduating the senior class on time for the Air and Space Forces while ensuring the best possible care for the entire base populace. No cadet was forced to leave campus. Instead, we provided cadets with the best possible opportunity to implement social distancing and other preventative measures recommended by medical professionals. Through the use of remote instruction, four, three and two degrees cadets continue to attend classes while first class class cadets prepare for graduation.
Graduation for the Class of 2020 has been rescheduled from May 28 to April 18, 2020. This will allow the first class cadets to celebrate together while ensuring their health and safety by adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Defense guidelines. To learn more, click here.
March 24, 2020 – Superintendent’s Virtual All Call (video)
To learn more about our civilian personnel policies and flexibilities as it relates to communicable diseases and influenza, as well as Frequently Asked Questions regarding leave and telework, 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 do not have the telework capability or access to myPers messages outside of the work place, download the following instructions to access on your personal Apple and Android devices.
All military, civilians and contractor personnel are required to wear face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas and work centers. For the latest guidance, click here.
Eligible civilian employees should give strong consideration to enacting a temporary telecommute agreement. To learn more about telework, start by completing the required training and then complete a telework agreement with your supervisor.
If employees or supervisors have any questions or require additional information, email 10FSS.FSCA.Main@us.af.mil.
March 15, 2020 – Civilian Personnel Guidance: Questions and Answers the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
The health and well-being of our cadets remains our top priority, as we continue to assess the situation and prepare for any contingency. If parents have any questions or require additional information, email USAFA.ParentLiaison@usafa.edu. All communications sent to the parent community related to the coronavirus outbreak will be provided below.
March 21, 2020 – Superintendent Letter to Parents #3
March 13, 2020 – Superintendent Letter to Parents #2
March 6, 2020 – Superintendent Letter to Parents #1
The application and appointment processing are continuing for the Class of 2024. Admissions counselors are available to help applicants and candidates. For those who have applied and been accepted, please complete your Appointee Kit actions and continue preparing for Basic Cadet Training this summer. Tours, college fairs and outreach events are cancelled until further notice. Appointee Webinars will continue, with additional sessions added to answer any questions. Appointees should look for an email detailing Webinar session times and log-in information.
Visit the Admissions website to learn more about our admissions process and Frequently Asked Questions. All communications sent to the applicant and appointee communities related to the coronavirus outbreak will be provided below.
April 2, 2020 – Director of Admissions Letter #2
March 17, 2020 – Director of Admissions Letter #1
Visitor & Event Restrictions
As a precautionary measure to ensure the heath and safety of our military, civilian personnel, family members and base community, USAFA is limiting access and services to only those conducting official business. Base access will be limited to those who work or live on the installation, or those accessing medical services. At current the North Gate, as well as the Visitor Center and Planetarium are closed until further notice.
During this closure, individuals may still explore our campus by launching the interactive, 360-degree virtual tour. Tour stops include the Cadet Chapel, Jacks Valley, CyberCity, Falcon Stadium and more!
All home and away sporting events are cancelled indefinitely. Academy leadership will continue to monitor the situation and stay connected to national sports governing bodies, as well as various government agencies. For the must up-to-date information, visit our Athletics website.
Admissions events on campus, to include Discover USAFA, Explore USAFA and other Admissions Tours are suspended until further notice. In-person USAFA Appointee Tours scheduled for April 3, 6, and 10 are cancelled.
Public outreach events held off campus, such Air Force Band performances, are suspended until further notice. For events hosted by outside organizations, such as Academy Days, Service Academy Workshops and college fairs, please contact the hosting official for the most up-to-date information.
For an up-to-date list of 10th Force Support Squadron (FSS) event cancellations and postponements, click here.
Travel restrictions will be re-evaluated on a routine basis and all communications will be provided below. For a list of general travel and transportation FAQs, click here.
All military Airmen, cadets, cadet candidates, DoD civilians and their families assigned to DoD installations will halt all domestic travel, including Permanent Change of Station, and Temporary Duty. Until these travel restrictions are lifted, only local leave is authorized up to 100 miles travel distance from USAFA. This new guidance is effective March 16 and continues through May 11, 2020. For a list of FAQs as it relates, click here. To request a mission essential travel waiver, complete the required form and route through Mission Element leadership.
All DoD civilians and their families traveling to, from, or through countries with a CDC Level 3 will stop movement through May 11, 2020. This includes all forms of official travel, such as PCS, TDY and government-funded leave. This also includes personal leave and other non-official travel. All military and their family members will cease all international travel through May 24, 2020.
For civilian specific guidance, to include movement, recruiting actions, telework, leave, and duty status, refer to the secure myPers website (CAC required) for more information.
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 cancelling travel may cause a financial hardship, many companies are offering refunds based on travel disruptions. Although there is no mechanism for USAFA to refund travel expenses incurred from cancelling or postponing leisure travel, click here for an official letter detailing our travel restrictions.
March 25, 2020 – Stop Movement and Concurrent Guidance Related to Travel Restrictions
March 20, 2020 – Travel Restrictions Delegations of Authority
March 16, 2020 – USAFA Stop Movement Order – Local Area Intent, Radius, and Waivers
March 13, 2020 – Stop Movement for all Domestic Travel for DoD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease
March 11, 2020 – Department of Defense Guidance for Personnel Traveling During the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
March 11, 2020 – Travel Restrictions for DoD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019
Mitchell Hall on-site dining is closed; however, cadets are receiving their daily meals in carry-out containers from employees wearing personal protection in accordance with Public Health guidelines. Employees are practicing social distancing within Mitchell Hall and staff utilize high strength sanitizing agents throughout the facility every day. All supervisors query employees for symptoms prior to the start of their shift. Any employees that are feeling ill are sent home and must have a doctor’s note to return to duty. To ensure cadets continue to be fed in the event of a disruption, we retain 14 days of food on-site and have agreements with multiple local vendors to supplement our capability and manpower if necessary.
All athletic facilities are closed for use by all non-cadets until further notice, including no escorting of friends and family members. The list of facilities authorized for cadet use only include the Cadet Fitness Center, Intercollegiate Weight rooms, pool, gyms, indoor track or other indoor workout spaces. Cadets will adhere to reduced hours of operation and and strict rules of engagement to maximize social distancing.
All morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) activities and facilities are closed, to include the Bowling Alley, Arts and Crafts Center, Cadet Entertainment, Eisenhower Golf Course and the Community Fitness Center and Pool. For an up-to-date list of 10th Force Support Squadron (FSS) cancellations and postponements, click here.
As access to the base is restricted for official business only, shopping trips to the Exchange and Commissary are no longer permitted to those who reside off base.
The Exchange and Commissary are limiting the purchase of select items until further notice. This list includes masks, hand sanitizers, toilet paper, disinfectant cleaners and more. For an up-to-date list of purchase restrictions, please locate the signage at the store entrances.
Produce, perishables and meats remain in stock at the Commissary. In an effort to promote social distancing, only 30 customers are permitted access to the facility at any given time. 100% ID checks are in effect with no visitors permitted at any time. The first two hours daily is reserved for cadets, Active Duty and dependents, elderly population, and those with underlying health conditions. For the latest hours of operation, click here. For questions, call 719-333-2428.
Restaurants located in the Exchange dining rooms are closed until further notice; however, take-out and drive-thru are still available. All concession food trucks have ceased operation until further notice. Burger King will only be operating the drive-thru effective March 21. For questions, call 719-472-0861.
The Child Development Center (CDC) will only care for children of personnel designated as Mission Essential. For questions, call 719-333-6779.
The Community Chapel has suspended all worship services and religious education until further notice. Chaplains remain available for spiritual support. For questions, call 719-333-3300.
The Cadet Wing Barber Shop remains open. The Community Center Barber Shop is open 10am to 3pm Monday through Saturday.
The majority of services typically provided at the Pass & Registration Center have been temporarily moved to the Large Vehicle Inspection Station at the South Gate. Due to this change in location, the following services are unavailable: issuing badges; proximity cards; gates, doors, cadet and airfield access. Only 30 day paper passes will be issued at this time. For questions, call 719-333-0447.
Most offices and support functions located on base are minimally manned with the majority of personnel telecommuting when feasible. Please email or call ahead to ensure availability.
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.
If you are a member of the faculty and staff and wish to report a potentially infected person on base or request medical information about coronavirus, email the Medical Control Center at email@example.com. For urgent issues, call 719-333-5413.
The Primary and Cadet medical clinics remain open until further notice.The Dental Clinic will restrict appointments to emergency, essential, and pain management dental care only.
The Pharmacy remains open; however, only 9 customers are permitted in the lobby at any given time. Patients must submit their request for prescriptions in an envelope and pickup will be available within 24 hours. For questions, call 719-333-5157.
For any additional public health questions, visit the 10th Medical Group website, call 719-333-9443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Army Fort Carson, a neighboring military installation, has established a Patient Advice Line to answer coronavirus related questions not specific to USAFA. Cadets, their parents and permanent party may call 719-524-2684 between the hours of 7am to 5pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturday.
USAFA Cadet Medical Information and FAQs (pdf)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Response
Colorado Department of Public Health: Coronavirus Facts
Department of Defense: Coronavirus Response
Department of Defense: Foreign Clearance Guidance
World Health Organization: Coronavirus Explained (video)
World Health Organization: Coronavirus Guidance
Department of State: Travel Advisories
U.S. Northern Command: Coronavirus Updates
Office of Personnel Management: Coronavirus
U.S. Government Response to Coronavirus
U.S. Air Force Coronavirus Information and Resources