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  • By Senior Airman Mary Begy
  • 507th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

ON-FINAL NEWS BULLETIN – April 3, 2020 (Vol 40, No. 4)

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Air Force Reserve Command Lieutenant General Leo Marquez and Maintenance Effectiveness Awards
Congratulations to the following 2019 Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award recipients for the categories of Aircraft Maintenance and Munitions/Missile Maintenance. These awards recognize base-level military and civil service aircraft, munitions and missile maintenance personnel who perform hands-on maintenance or manage a maintenance function.

President signs Executive Order calling up Air Force Reserve medics, other specialties
On March 27, the President signed an Executive Order authorizing mobilization of the Reserve Component in response to COVID-19 operations.  For the Air Force Reserve, personnel already serving in the Selected Reserve and Participating Individual Ready Reserve, as well as those assigned to the Individual Ready Reserve, may be asked to volunteer to activate in support of COVID-19 response.  If taskings exceed the volunteer pool, mobilization of the IRR to active status is now authorized to ensure mission accomplishment. 

COVID-19: Important Information for Reserve Citizen Airmen
In an effort to inform Reserve Citizen Airmen and their families with facts on COVID-19 effects, Air Force Reserve leaders encourage all to visit the Air Force’s COVID-19 web page for the latest on the virus and how it is effecting the service. The site contains the latest DoD and Air Force guidance, news, and links to helpful resources from the Centers for Disease Control, Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, travel advisories, frequently asked questions and answers, COVID-19 affected activities and gatherings, and health protection measures.

Deployment Q&A’s
1. Q: Are all deployments cancelled for the Air Force Reserve? A: Deployments are not cancelled, but the Secretary of Defense has ordered a stop movement for all OCONUS deployments with exceptions. Airmen will start deployment orders in accordance with their AF 938. Airmen are still required to complete pre-deployment training and should confirm

Air Force update for COVID-19
In an effort to minimize the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 and to prioritize the health and safety of Department of the Air Force personnel, the following modifications have been made.

Tinker AFB announces first confirmed COVID-19 case
A member of Tinker Air Force Base is being treated and evaluated by health care professionals following the first confirmed case of COVID-19 at the base.

Appointments required for Communications and DEERS office support
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The 507th Air Refueling Wing communications flight and the 507th Force Support Squadron DEERS/RAPIDS offices are limiting in-person office visits to appointment only in response to COVID-19 effective March 17, 2020.

Fitness assessment changes announced
Fitness Assessments have been cancelled until June 2020. There is an article on myPers for more information Effective March 17, 2020, all official fitness assessment testing is cancelled until June 2020. Members who are due for their Official Fitness Assessment in March will test in 6 months, September 2020 Members who are due for their Official

2019 Novel Coronavirus Commander’s Intent
15 March 2020MEMORANDUM FOR ALL AFRC HQ/AF/RE/NAF/WING/CC&CCC/ARPC/RIOFROM: AFRC/CCSUBJECT: 2019 Novel Coronavirus Commander’s Intent The dynamic nature of COVID-19 evolving guidance makes providing precise and detailed planning difficult. Effective communication is paramount. My number one priority is to take care of Airmen and their families while

507th ARW April enlisted promotions
Click the link above to see the 507th Air Refueling Wing’s newest enlisted promotees.

Fiscal Year 2020 UTA schedule available – APRIL & MAY UTA POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19


To the Men and Women of the Air and Space Force:

            The ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic is moving at a fast pace.  Focus across the Nation remains on the actions we must all take to minimize possible exposure to this virus. Each of us has a personal responsibility to take these actions seriously by exercising the personal hygiene and health protection measures outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Please go to the website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html for details.

We are a global service that delivers Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power.  While many of these missions must and will continue, our actions will continue to emphasize the safety and security of our Airmen, Space Professionals, and Families while continuing the Air and Space missions in support of the Nation.  MAJCOM Commanders are adjusting daily operations to minimize potential impacts to personnel while continuing the mission.  Wing and Group Commanders are making needed adjustments to operations at home to safeguard you and your families to include Child Development Center impacts and other support agency changes.  Squadron Commanders are maintaining 100% contact across the force to ensure you have the latest information available to protect yourself, your teammates, and your families.  This is especially important in our Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Units where Airmen and Families are not co-located with a main operating base with access to support agencies. 

This is a time when we must all work together to weather this storm.  Over-communication is a key to success and this begins with our Squadron Commander (and civilian equivalent) cadre.  To succeed as an Air and Space Force, we must arm them with information so they can arm those entrusted to their care.  Please continue to follow COVID-19 related information at https://www.af.mil and click the COVID-19 link where we will post continuous updates. 

Every challenge we are handed in life has an embedded opportunity.  We have a chance to strengthen our Air and Space Force team as we work together to support our Squadron Commanders to get the mission done safely while taking care of ourselves and our teammates. Every one of us has an important role to play as we apply disciplined urgency to our response actions.  Lean on your Command Teams, they have our highest trust and full support.

Barbara Barrett
Secretary of the Air Force

David L. Goldfein                                                                                    John W. Raymond
General, U.S. Air Force                                                                           General, U.S. Space Force
Chief of Staff                                                                                           Chief of Space Operations


Yellow Ribbon Dates and Locations
If you received a call to Active Duty in support of a deployment for 75+ days or more, which resulted in separation from your family for the majority of the deployment, you are eligible to attend one pre-deployment event and two post-deployment Yellow Ribbon Events.
For more information, call Master Sgt. Katie Johnson at 405-734-7207 or email katie.johnson.10@us.af.mil

  • June 26-28 Orlando, FL

Vanwey Dining Facility – Opening – Sunday 5 Apr
Operating Hours – No Dine In Service …. Carry out ONLY


Breakfast 0600 – 0800
Lunch       1100 – 1300
Dinner    1630 – 1830


Brunch    0600 – 1300
Dinner    1600 - 1800

If you would like to submit information or photos to the On-final, email us at 507arw.pa2@us.af.mil.