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115th MDG Commanders discuss the COVID-19 Vaccine


The 115th Fighter Wing is at Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie and is at mission essential reporting to combat the spread of COVID-19. Truax Field is not closed.

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, 115th Fighter Wing reopened more of its facilities consistent with state and local guidelines. Current installation mitigation measures remain in effect, including base entry control point no touch protocols, maximization of telework, protective face masks at all times, even within work areas while alone, except for the duration of eating or drinking, work center disinfection plans and limiting in-person meetings, socials, and mass gatherings.

HPCON Charlie restricts movement of personnel on the installation as official business, and imposes strict hygiene (no handshaking, wiping of common use items), self-isolation if exposed, and avoidance of risk areas. These measures keep the installation consistent with the actions of the Department of Defense and U.S. Air Force.

The HPCON Charlie declaration will have the following impact to personnel:

  • Continue essential missions with required manning -- active duty, Guard, Reserve, government civilians and government contractors. 
  • Installation operations will be commensurate with federal, state and local guidelines; unit commanders will determine the installation’s essential missions and required manning.  Work with your supervisor and leadership on your individual status.
  • Maximize telework - only conduct in-person mission essential meetings that require the fewest personnel
  • Access procedures to the installation remain unchanged
  • Military personnel and we encourage civilian employees to limit off base travel to movement to/from work, grocery, and hospital/medical needs
  • Adhere to strict hygiene (no hand-shaking, frequent hand-washing, clean common-use items)
  • Continue social distancing (limit in-person meetings, socials and mass gatherings)

If you develop flu-like symptoms with fever and cough or shortness of breath and may have had contact with a person who has COVID-19 or had recent travel to areas considered high-risk, contact your health care provider before seeking medical care to prevent possible transmission in the health care setting. For COVID-19 health-related questions, please contact the 115th Medical Group Public Health Hotline at (608) 245-4656. 

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus, and the Department of Defense Coronavirus website at www.defense.gov/explore/spotlight/coronavirus.  


In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Medical Group will follow the Department of Defense interim guidance on the use of face coverings for all persons entering DoD facilities. Effective immediately, ALL patients and visitors entering the medical facility will be expected to wear a face mask or covering at all times. Patients who believe they have been exposed or are feeling sick with a fever, cough,  shortness of breath, sore throat, or body aches should speak with an appointment line operator before travelling to the clinic so that we can manage your care appropriately.

*COVID-19 testing is NOT available on base

COVID-19 Return to Duty Criteria (Symptomatic). *Update 23 July 2020.
Offered by Brad Meyers, Col, MC, SFS, MDG/CC, 115th FW

How do we advise members recovering from COVID-19 infection (or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection) regards return to work?

Non-Test-based criteria:  No testing utilized to document clearing of infection.
This is the most common scenario we will use.
Return to work after the following three conditions are met:

  • No fever (temperature <100.4) for past 24 hours, without use of fever reducing medicines,
  • AND-- Improvement of respiratory symptoms (e.g., improved cough, shortness of breath),
  • AND-- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Test based criteria: Test based no longer recommended by CDC.  This simplifies things a bit.

Return to work guidance for those exposed to a person with confirmed positive COVID-19 Test. *Update 23 July 2020.
Offered by Brad Meyers, Col, MC, SFS, MDG/CC, 115th FW

One of our members has received notification (usually through contact tracing) that they have been in contact with a person (symptomatic or not) who has tested positive for COVID-19. What advice do we offer that member about returning to work? How to we ensure the safety of those in the shop where they work?  When and under what circumstances can the asymptomatic member with exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 return to work? This is (unfortunately) an increasingly frequent scenario. This is the “latest” from CDC.

The member exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 remains at home on self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to work.  The count starts with the last day of exposure to the person who tested positive. The member self-monitors for fever and for symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste and smell, muscle aches, GI upset, sore throat, muscle aches, etc.) Rationale: This is the standard quarantine protocol for COVID-19 exposure. Of course, the member must remain symptom-free during the self-quarantine.

Testing does not change the approach above. This is the change.  A negative result does not allow a return to work sooner than the 14 days after exposure as described above.

You may complete the online Coronavirus Self-Checker to help you make decisions about returning to base via https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

Vaccination at the 115FW (current as of JAn 27, 2021)

A message from Col Franklin "Brad" Meyers, 115th Fighter Wing medical group commander:

Members of the 115th FW-

We have entered a new phase of the Covid-19 Pandemic. We have two highly effective, safe vaccines. We can now go on the offense and actively protect ourselves and our loved ones from infection by receiving the vaccine. The vaccine we have available to us is the Moderna mRNA vaccine. The vaccination sequence consist of two shots spaced 4 weeks apart (range 24 to 42 days). The first shot confers immunity of about 90%. The second shot boosts the degree and duration of immunity to 95+%. All are encouraged to take both shots.

The vaccine is still a rather precious commodity. We are working diligently to acquire sufficient vaccination materials to vaccinate the entire Fighter Wing over the next couple of months. Roll out of the vaccine at the 115th FW has, in true Air Force fashion, been given a name: Operation BADGERVAC

Col Van Roo and I are extremely excited about the ability to vaccinate the vast majority of our Wing members – vaccination protects each of us from the potentially deadly consequences of Covid-19, and hopefully will allow us to get back to some normal interactions.

I know many of you are eager to be vaccinated. I am fully onboard that this is a safe and effective vaccine and thrilled that vaccination will lead us on the path away from the Covid-19 pandemic. The MDG is charged with administering the Moderna vaccine for our members. The MDG is committed toward educating and informing you all about the vaccine. My ask is that you all to keep an open mind about vaccination. Learn. Embrace facts. Disregard misinformation. Seek truth from your medical provider and/or from the MDG. I am more than happy to meet with you collectively or individually to help you make an informed decision.

So far (25 January) 23.5 million doses have been administered in the US and 68.1 million doses worldwide. No significant complications have been observed. This is no longer an “experimental” vaccine, not with these large numbers of people having successfully taken the vaccine.

We owe it to ourselves, our families and to our fellow Airmen to receive the Moderna vaccine when it becomes available to us. Watch for more details on Operation BADGERVAC.

All the best,

Doc Meyers


Airman and Family Readiness: OPEN
Operating hours:
Weekly: Mon-Thurs 0700-1500 
RSD Weekends: Sat 0600-1400  Sun 0600-1300
*Not available during down days

Base Exchange: OPEN
*Open to essential personnel ONLY
Weekly: Mon-Fri 0800-1530
RSD Saturday: 0800-1530

Base Barber: OPEN
Weekly:Tues &Thurs 0900-1430
Friday before RSD: 0900-1430

Credit Union: OPEN
Weekly: Mon, Wed &Thurs 0900-1500

Fitness Center: OPEN
In order for the base gym in 510 to remain open the following guidelines must be followed.

  • Members must wear masks when indoors.
  • Wash hands prior to and after using the facility.
  • Wipe down touch surfaces on the equipment after each use.
  • Limit occupancy so that there are only two people per quadrant (marked on the floor).  One of those would be a spotter. Best to “know your spotter” and for both spotter and lifter to wear face covering when working together.
  • Avoid touching your face. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Use the fans to circulate air.

Sign up for a block of time for the Building 510 base gym by using this link: https://gko.portal.ng.mil/states/WI/WIANG/115/Lists/115%20FW%20Gym%20Registration/calendar.aspx/

ID Cards: OPEN by appointment ONLY.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 0730-1100 and 1200-1500
Drill Weekends: 0730-1100 and 1200-1500
During COVID-19 the 115th Fighter Wing is only allowing Active Members on base. 
*Dependents and Retirees are NOT able to get updated IDs at this time.

Other DEERS/RAPIDS updates include:

  • Adding or Removing Dependents
  • Full-time Students
  • Tricare (Eligibility only)

If you have issues or questions regarding Tricare, other than eligibility, please go the Humana Military National Guard/Reserve website at: https://humanamilitary.com/NGR  or call Tricare East at 1-877-298-3408.

You may try to contact Joint Force Headquarters DEERS Location to make an appointment for your dependents by calling 608-242-3420 and leaving a message or going to the ID Office Online to make an appointment electronically:  https://idco.dmdc.osd.mil/idco/#/

Photo Studio: OPEN by appointment ONLY.
Mon-Thurs 0900-1400
Drill Weekends: ISOPREP Sat 0800-1000  Portrait: Sun 0800-1000


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