Fort Rucker reports three COVID-19 cases, announces plans for flight training

Coronavirus

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (WDHN) — Fort Rucker has confirmed three cases of COVID-19, according to a Thursday update from Maj. Gen. David J. Francis and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian N. Hauke.

Francis said that all affected individuals were isolated and their contacts were quarantined to prevent the virus from spreading.

“Our quarantine and trace procedures have proven effective in stopping the spread,” he said.

Lyster Army Health Clinic is testing for the virus, giving Fort Rucker the ability to confirm cases within an hour and isolate COVID-19-positive individuals as needed. Beginning Monday, anyone who needs to enter the clinic must have some sort of face covering.

Furthermore, the post is planning to resume flight training next Monday, with several measures put in place to ensure personnel safety.

Aside from increased testing, the installation created face coverings for situations where social distancing is not possible such as cockpits, simulators, air traffic controllers, towers, radar facilities, and maintenance operations on the flight line. These masks have been approved for use by the Department of the Army’s Headquarters (HQDA).

Off-post airfields where aircraft need to refuel are being assessed to make sure they comply with the post’s safety procedures. On post, aircrews and maintenance personnel now practice cleaning procedures to ensure that aircraft and simulators are sanitized properly between missions.

Finally, education is now being done with social distancing in mind as the post moves to virtual learning and ground instruction at the aircraft while avoiding large flight briefings.

“The resumption of flight training is mission essential for our Army,” Francis said.


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