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Daily Update: 19 May 2020

Update from the Installation Commander

Update from the Installation Commander


For 19 May, Tinker AFB remains in HPCON Charlie due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From Lt Gen Kirkland, AFSC/CC: Across Tinker, we are taking actions to “Return to Full Capacity.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have collectively adapted to how we operate our installations and work centers. Where the job can effectively be performed through teleworking, we’ve done so to help curb contact. Others have been reporting to AFSC’s frontlines every day, diligently adhering to necessary social distancing measures and wearing Personal Protective Equipment not previously required for your job. As local public health conditions allow, we will incrementally bring back employees to work. It will be important to continue to follow the added safety precautions and “conspicuous cleaning” measures. Some will be asked to work alternate shifts in order to increase social distancing in the workspace. This “new abnormal” will endure for the foreseeable future. Local commanders and directors are taking a thoughtful and deliberate approach to implementing unit plans, working within established health guidelines. Leadership will make the right protective equipment and cleaning supplies available—if you do not have what you need, ask your supervisor. You’ve been agile in our constantly evolving struggle with COVID – Thank you. The full message from the AFSC/CC can be found here: https://www.tinker.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2189683/return-to-full-capacity-a-message-from-the-afsc-commander/

This week Base Safety covered several quick facts about alcohol-based sanitizers. Important to note is these products are classified as Class I Flammable substances. If spilled, it is important to remove ALL potential ignition sources. If a fire begins with these substances, use alcohol foam, CO2 or dry chemical extinguishers to put out the fire. With this, hand sanitizer can also cause burns on one’s skin. Be sure to allow the sanitizer to dry/evaporate fully before resuming work or touching any ignition sources such as metal surfaces, engines, switches or places with high static electricity. Bulk sanitizer should be stored in a well-ventilated, cool area. Before purchasing and attempting to bring bulk and sanitizer onto base, or for more information, contact the Tinker HAZMAT Program at 405-734-4553.

For non-medical COVID-19 concerns, the Straight Talk Center is available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. It can be reached at 405-734-2567.

REMINDER: Violations of OPSEC endanger national security! Never discuss mission capabilities or details on social media. Also, please refrain from mentioning names of potentially ill individuals for privacy.