MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — They’re not normal weekends for members of the 1-67th Airlift Wing out of Martinsburg, but 2020 has not been a year for ‘normal’.
The West Virginia National Guard reports the installation’s health protection conditions are at an elevated status due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases locally, so airmen have been encouraged to find alternate ways to complete their training and various other requirements.
167th Airlift Wing commander Col. Marty Timko says they can still get valuable readiness training accomplished, we will just do it in a manner of smaller groups and more days within the month.
As some Airmen carry on the normal operations of the base, others continue to support the state’s on-going COVID-19 response efforts.
Approximately 70 Airmen from the 167th are assisting the response efforts in various ways to include COVID-19 testing lane support, epidemiology support at local health departments, facility disinfection, and research and analysis.
The public health team has conducted more than 5,700 contacts through their tracing efforts to help combat the spread of the virus at the wing.