You can view the Safe Return Executive Order on Governor Reeves' website under executive orders at governorreeves.ms.gov/covid-19 to see what business and activities have now resumed operations.
Despite being essential to our federal and state mission, we will be following the orders of the Governor to the extent possible while maintaining capabilities and readiness. The base has already been postured to comply with this shelter-in-place order. On base, commanders and supervisors have worked plans to the fullest extent possible to socially distance our employees. Support functions are now primarily operating via email or appointment only and the base gym has been closed until the order expires or is lifted.
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Members of the 172 AW,
In keeping with transparency, information flow, and direct communication during this contested environment, I wanted to inform you all that a member of the wing has received a confirmed positive test of the coronavirus. Due to the length of time of receiving results, our member is already on the recovery side of the sickness and continues to progress.
I would like to stress that we be sensitive to our member’s privacy and show good discernment about the information we share beyond this update.
Continue to remain vigilant and adhere to local directives so we all do our part in reducing the impact of this virus.
Thank you all for your attention and please keep our nation in your prayers as we continue to navigate one of the unprecedented challenges of our times.
- Col. Tillman
Members of the 172d Airlift Wing,
As members of a military organization, it is our job to remain fit to fight. Our constant readiness is an obligation to our nation, our state and our community. It is my responsibility to help protect everyone involved while also maintaining mission assurance during this trying time. The following are a few things we are doing to mitigate the impact of the virus by applying all of the guidance available to us.
The bottom line is, regardless of COVID-19 impacts, the critical missions of this wing must still be accomplished. State and wing leadership have taken steps to protect those critical missions from being impeded by this virus but it will require everyone’s assistance. The following are just a few things that require your contribution.
Not only has this wing never faltered in the face of adversity, it always gets stronger.
I want to thank you in advance for your hard work and dedication during this difficult contested environment.
Base Fitness Center - The 172nd Base Fitness Center will be open Monday - Friday. The hours will be 0700 to 1530.
The gym will be cleaned daily after normal business hours.
EXCHANGE (Reducing Hours) - Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Friday. Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. ALL EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK WHEN ENTERING THE EXCHANGE.
Customer Service Counter - Closed. Call 601-405-8423, 601-405-8745, or 601-405-8422 for any assistance.
Formal Proctored Test - Available by appointment only Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. through coordination with Unit Training Manager. Call 405-8205 or 405-8362 for assistance
Customer Service Window for August UTA will be 0800hrs-1100hrs for both Saturday and Sunday. If you need to reach us after 1100hrs, please email the organizational boxes..
For assistance regarding Travel, Civilian Pay, and Military Pay Questions an Documents email: 172.AW.Entitlements.Org@us.af.mil
For assistance regarding Budget and Accounting Questions and Documents email: 172.AW.Budget.Org@us.af.mil or 172.AW.ALO.Org@us.af.mil
Official Military Photos (Passports, Official Portraits, Full Length) - Only mission essential photos will be taken by appointment only. Please email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
DEERS/ID Cards - Available by appointment only. Only military personnel will be accepted at this time. Call 601-405-8562, 601-405-8381 or 601-405-8379 for assistance
Wing Implements Health Protection Condition CHARLIE
Thompson Field is in Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie in response to COVID-19.
HPCON Charlie measures are mandatory for all AW service members and civilian employees. These measures are required to ensure the continued health and safety for our community.
In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, please take the following actions:
Base Access Restrictions
Access to the installation is limited. This measure ensures only those with official business on base are being granted access. We still encourage everyone to practice social distancing and avoid traveling if not essential. Help us protect our mission of training and developing premier Warfighters for our Nation's defense.
Limited Access to Support Facilities (BX, Credit Union, Fitness Center)
The BX and Credit Union may offer reduced hours of operations; contact them prior to going.
- Contact the Base Exchange at 601-932-3930.
- Contact the Credit Union at 601-932-5194.
- The Fitness Center will be open Monday - Friday. The hours will be 0700 to 1530.
- The Gym will be cleaned daily after normal business hours.
Security Forces Will No Longer Handle ID Cards
In an effort to reduce contact between individuals entering Thompson Field, new gate procedures are being implemented immediately for base entry. When approaching the gate, hold onto your ID card with the back barcode visible to the Security Forces member. The defender will scan your card and allow you to enter the installation. Your safety is extremely important and this process will minimize the spread of germs between individuals while still enabling the defender to maintain a non-diminished security posture. If your government issued ID card does not have a barcode, ensure the entire face of the card is visible to the defender to include the photo on the ID and expiration date. Please adhere to directions from the Defenders as you enter the base.
Suicide Prevention Talking Point Instructions:
After reading through the Suicide Prevention Talking Point and DFA Resilience, click the attached link or go to https://testmoz.com/q/2904302 and complete a 5 question quiz. Once you've finished, log out. Scores will be saved in the system.
No printed certificate is required.
Sign in with Squadron and Name: Ex. LRS Doe, Jane A; EX. AES Buck, John B
You must pass the quiz in order to receive credit.
(Click here to view the Suicide Prevention Training)
Sexual Assault Prevention (SAPR) Talking Point Instructions:
After reading through the SAPR Talking Points click on the attached link or go to https://testmoz.com/q/2905462 and complete the 15 question quiz, three from each talking point.
Once you've finished, log out. Scores will be saved in the system. No printed certificate is required.
Sign in with Squadron and Name: Ex. LRS Doe, Jane A; EX. AES Buck, John B
(Click here to view the SAPR Training)
Supervisors should provide members with AFSC specific training if applicable.
FEMA Independent Study courses. There is no cost to the Soldier/Airman or Organization. Individuals, upon completing FEMA Courses, must send copies of completion certificates to your first line supervisor as source documents for pay purposes.
The following link will take you to the training: https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx
First Step if you do not have a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID):
- Click on any IS course
- Click on "register for one here" under Take Final Exam.
- Go to the link and click "Register for a FEMA SID" and follow instructions
- Go back to https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx
- go to page 2
- Click on IS-100.c, Introduction to the Incident Command System
- Click on "Interactive Web Based Course" under Take This Course
- Take Final Exam
a. FEMA IS-100.c, Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS). 2 HRS
b. FEMA IS-200.c, Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response. 4 HRS
c. FEMA IS-700.b, An Introduction to the National Incident Management System. 3.5 HRS
d. FEMA IS-800.c, National Response Framework, An Introduction. 3 HR
e. FEMA IS-909, Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone 1 HR
f. FEMA IS-242.b, Effective Communication. 2 HRS
g. FEMA IS-230.d, Fundamentals of Emergency Management 6 HRS
h. FEMA IS-75, Military Resources in Emergency Management 2 HRS
i. FEMA IS-906, Workplace Security Awareness 1 HR
j. FEMA IS-102.c, Preparing for Federal Disaster Operations 1 HR
k. FEMA IS-42, Social Media in Emergency Management 3 HRS
Users are responsible for ensuring completion before their expiration date to maintain network access. The following resources are available to support completion:
Users may access the Security Training, Education, and Professionalization Portal (STEPP) ( https://cdse.usalearnmg.gov/logm/index.php) and take the training without a CAC. Once the training is completed, users must provide the certificate to their local UTM for manual update entry into ADLS. First-time STEPP users will need to create an account with a username and password.
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