445th plans in-person July UTA

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  • By Col. Raymond A. Smith, Jr.
  • 445th Airlift Wing Commander

We are diligently planning and looking forward to restoring a somewhat normal Unit Training Assembly in July. 

The 88th Air Base Wing commander and his team have worked hard to ensure that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a safe environment for all of us. 

As you plan to return to the base for the July UTA, there are preparations you must take.  We have implemented actions that you need to be prepared to meet. 

The base is taking a phased approach to restoring operations, and we expect to be in Phase II at the time of the UTA. 

This means that mass gatherings must be less than 50 people, and everyone will social distance and wear a mask. 

To further protect our safety and health, each 445th Airlift Wing facility has developed and implemented a contamination avoidance mitigation plan that requires only one entrance to be open during duty hours.  This entrance will be monitored.  As you enter the facility, your temperature will be taken, and you will be asked specific questions before you are allowed to proceed to your work section. 

You are required to wear a mask at all times when not able to maintain 6 feet of distance between persons.  If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you.  Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies are available at your unit.  You will be required to clean and sanitize your work station at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day. 

Additionally, 445th AW service organizations have implemented unique measures to safely accommodate your needs.  You should be prepared to comply with all requirements as you move around the campus.  Common areas such as break rooms are closed, and rest rooms will be limited to only a few people at one time.  It is vital that you comply with all these measures, and I am expecting commanders, first sergeants and chiefs to ensure compliance.

Lodging operations will be normal.  You will make your reservation using the Automated Lodging Reservation System (ALRS).  I encourage each of you to come with necessary cleaning supplies to “wipe” down you rooms as an extra measure of caution.  The dining facility (DFAC) will be available and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals will be carry out only.  The salad bar is closed but there will be pre-made salads available.  You should expect a moderate wait time to get through the line. 

I realize this is not the optimum level of service you are accustomed to during the UTA, but it is vital to our readiness that we return to a standard UTA as soon as possible. I feel we can safely accomplish an in-person July UTA as long as everyone complies with the measures we and the 88th ABW have put in place.

If you have any concerns regarding your participation or the measures we have in place, contact your unit leadership as soon as possible.

I look forward to seeing everyone in July.  Please stay safe and healthy.  Thank you for all you do in serving our great nation.