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Military Stop-Movement Orders to Be Lifted Immediately at Some Bases

The stop-movement order in effect for military families on permanent change-of-station moves, originally set to run through June 30, will be lifted in stages, with some installations to begin accepting transfers immediately, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. At select installations stateside that have met White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on preventing COVID-19, commanders will be able to “go green immediately” on PCS moves, said Matt Donovan, under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness. Read next: Amphibious Ship Obliterates Drone with Laser Weapon in 1st-of-its-Kind Sea Test Donovan declined to name the installations approved to accept ... Read more

As States Relax Rules, Military Bases Take First Reopening Steps

Marines at Camp Pendleton in California could go surfing again last week. Hill Air Force Base in Utah reopened the Hubbard Golf Course. And the Army has cranked up basic training for incoming recruits. These are among the first, cautious steps in a lengthy, complicated process to resume normal activities in the military as states and localities increasingly relax the strict guidelines in place to deal with the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read Next: Navy Cruiser Commanding Officer Fired After 4,000-Gallon Fuel Spill The military’s overall policy on lifting restrictions, both in the states and overseas, is undergoing review by the Pentagon. ... Read more

Pentagon Expands List of Bases That Could Host US Space Command

In its quest to find a permanent location for the newest combatant command, the Defense Department is expanding the list of potential bases to house U.S. Space Command. The DoD will begin a “revised approach for determining the permanent location of U.S. Space Command headquarters,” according to an Air Force statement published Friday. Read Next: Official Space Force Flag Unveiled at the White House “The revised approach considers the newly established U.S. Space Force emerging organizational structure and analyzes its effects on the limited number of highly specialized personnel and infrastructure required to support both the Space Force and Space ... Read more

Tensions with Iran and its proxies led to accelerated transfer of bases housing coalition troops to Iraqi forces

An inspector general report detailed how tensions between Iran and its militia forces with the U.S. led to an accelerated transfer of several bases to Iraqi troops over force protection issues. From March 17 to March 30 the U.S. handed over four bases to Iraqi forces, to include an airfield near Mosul and a strategic outpost near the Iraq-Syria border known as al-Qaim. In April the coalition handed over a fifth base, Taqaddum air field, which fell outside the reporting quarter for the IG report. Operation Inherent Resolve — the U.S.-led mission to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria — ... Read more

Army Bases Prepare for New Ban on Under-21 Tobacco Sales

By late summer, it will be illegal for soldiers under 21 years of age to buy tobacco products at on-post stores, but there are no plans to enforce a smoking ban for underage troops, according to Army health officials. A new law that takes effect Aug. 1 will require all Defense Department retailers to begin checking IDs to prevent the sale of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, dip and other tobacco products to anyone under 21. Under Secretary of Defense Matthew Donovan confirmed this move in an April 16 memo. Currently, the legal age to buy tobacco products at on-post stores is ... Read more

Air Force awards $350M in contracts for road work at Alaska military bases

The Air Force awarded $350 million to five contractors Friday for airfield/roadway paving and striping at five military bases in Alaska, the Department of Defense announced. The multiple award task order contract repair, maintenance and construction of roads, parking lots, airfields and related work at the following sites: Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska; Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Fort Greely, Alaska; Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; and 168th Air National Guard property in Alaska. The award went to five contractors: COLASKA, HC Contractors, Paving Products Inc., Great Northwest and Granite Construction. All but Granite are based in Alaska. According to the Pentagon, ... Read more

DODEA Gives Students on Military Bases a Break on Grades Due to Coronavirus Woes

SEOUL, South Korea — Students on U.S. military bases will get the higher grade from the last two quarters of the school year to help those struggling with home studies and other difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic, the organization that oversees the schools says. The Department of Defense Education Activity in an April 24 memo explained the grade expectations are aimed at making sure students aren’t disadvantaged needlessly as schools have been closed for several weeks. Teachers will maintain normal grading procedures for the fourth quarter, but once those grades are calculated they will be compared with the grades received ... Read more

DODEA gives students on military bases a break on grades due to coronavirus woes – News

DODEA gives students on military bases a break on grades due to coronavirus woes Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge. See other free reports here. Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter here. Please support our journalism with a subscription. SEOUL, South Korea — Students on U.S. military bases will get the higher grade from the last two quarters of the school year to help those struggling with home studies and other difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic, the organization that oversees the schools says. The Department of Defense Education ... Read more

Coronavirus NJ: How many on military bases infected? It’s a secret – News – Burlington County Times

Unlike the rest of New Jersey, the extent of the coronavirus spread through the military installations is under wraps, even from state and county health officials leading the mitigation efforts. America is under attack by an invisible enemy. And not even New Jersey’s secure military bases are immune. Like the rest of the world, the global coronavirus pandemic has forced changes in military operations and life. Nonessential travel outside the installations has been discouraged, and service members and civilian workers on the bases are being told to socially distance and work remotely when possible. Many installation services have been shut ... Read more

Germany Arrests 4 Islamic State Suspects Planning Attack on US Bases

BERLIN — German authorities say police have arrested four suspected members of the Islamic State group alleged to be planning an attack on American military facilities. Federal prosecutors said the suspects were arrested by tactical police units early Wednesday at various locations in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia. They identified the men as Azizjon B., Muhammadali G., Farhodshoh K. and Sunatullokh K. — all citizens of Tajikistan. The suspects’ surnames weren’t released for privacy reasons. The men’s alleged leader, a 30-year-old Tajik man identified only as Ravsan B., has been in jail since March 2019 on unspecified charges. All ... Read more