On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, the 31st Fighter Wing Leadership hosted their twelfth virtual public town hall. Here are the main points discussed. If you want to see a replay of the town hall with links to the questions asked with answers, go to the https://www.facebook.com/avianoairbase/videos/691133564972205/ where we have it posted.
Q: Will a return policy extension be granted at the clothing sales?
A: After the store reopens, you will have 30 days to return
Q: Are single-use gloves available at the Commissary and BX?
Q: Are recycle areas open in the community?
A: It depends. Several communities are doing home pick-ups, please utilize the internet to search about your specific community. Contact the Housing Office for more details.
Q: Will use/lose leave be extended?
A: We are in constant communication with HQ and will disseminate as it becomes available.
Link: https://zoom.us/j/7072005993… Meeting ID: 707 200 5993 Password: 31MDG
6:10-Town Hall Begins
6:40-31st Medical Group
27:50-Mission Support Group CC
34:45- Force Support Squadron
44:10-Good News Stories
50:11-Question and Answer
54:35-Closing Remarks from Wyvern 1
On Monday, April 13, 2020, the 31st Fighter Wing Leadership hosted a virtual town hall. Here are the main points discussed. If you want to see a replay of the town hall with links to the questions asked with answers, go to the https://www.facebook.com/avianoairbase/videos/247513379631816/.
31st Medical Group
31st Mission Support Group
Italian government is planning how we are coming out of this situation
Questions and Answers:
Q: Is it possible to rent out lawn equipment or open up the gardening center on Area 1?
A: Purchasing/renting lawn care equipment or plants is not specifically mentioned as being allowed under the national or regional decrees, therefore those services on base will remain closed.
Q: Will the library reopen?
A: Under the new decree, bookstores are now able to reopen but the library does not fall under this category and will remain closed. Books will be available for purchase at the BX.
Q: When will the additional items that are now authorized to be sold under the new decree be available for purchase?
A: A walkthrough with the Carbinieri took place on April 14 to ensure all items for sale are pre-coordinated correctly and in accordance with decree. These items may not be available starting immediately after the walkthrough, but more information will follow through an app push once it is available.
Q: What is the command directed restriction of movement for those returning to Italy and what does it mean?
A: It is a 14-day restriction of movement with the same rules and guidelines of quarantine or isolation. This restriction is not for medical reasons, but must be followed to comply with Italian laws.
Q: Can COVID-19 be transmitted via mosquitos?
A: The World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control have stated that there is no data that would support mosquito transmission.
Q: How long will schools be closed?
A: DODEA has announced schools will be following distance learning curriculum until further notice and do not have an estimated date when kids would return to the buildings.
Q: What about AP testing and times?
A: AP testing will now be done at home electronically and AP teachers will publish times as soon as they are posted. AP tests will be open book and open notes.
Q: How are decisions being made regarding cutting screen time for students?
A: Check out the DoDEA Europe South District Facebook page to hear how Superintendent Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney came to specific conclusions regarding the amount of screen time for students and the Phase 3 implementation of digital learning.
Q: Will the middle and high schools be moving away from the normal daily scheduled periods?
A: No, schools will continue to follow the same schedule and continue to adapt.
1:07 - Town Hall Begins
1:31 - Medical Group
3:15 - Mental Health
7:35 - Legal
10:44 - Force Support Squadron
14:02 - Mission Support Group
19:14 - DoDEA
28:20 - AAFES
32:10 - Commissary
33:00 - Chapel
41:30 - Public Affairs
45:15 - Questions and Answers
54:41 - Final Thoughts from Wyvern 1
On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, the 31st Fighter Wing Leadership hosted a virtual town hall. Here are the main points discussed. If you want to see a replay of the town hall with links to the questions asked with answers, go to https://www.facebook.com/avianoairbase/videos/834702417042246/
· The Italian community is continuing to take measures to prevent a second bump in COVID-19 outbreaks.
· People are continuing to practice physical distancing which is really important. However, social connection is critical right now, people should reach out to each other.
· Your choices matter, stay the course of the “new normal.” Make the right choice and encourage others to make the right choice as well.
· The prime minister of Italy is reviewing a phased approach on recovery as a nation.
· Face coverings may be around for a while, therefore if your face covering is a makeshift, it may be in your best interest to purchase one that is more comfortable and fits better.
· The Red Cross worldwide including Aviano is still up and running remotely. · They can be reached at Aviano@redcross.org or their DSN 632- 5576 and commercial line 0434-30-5576. Please reach out for any questions that you may have.
· The servicing of the emergency communication messages have not changed. The Hero care center has had contingency plans in place for years that are now operational if they cannot physically go into the Hero Care center.
· If you need to start a Red Cross message you can call 877-272-7337, they are open 24/7.
· Currently the Red Cross is processing the financial assistance piece for the military aid society, please reach out to the call center.
· CPR class requires an in-person certification for skills, which are not currently available, please check the Red Cross’s Facebook for updates
· The Italian government is working very hard on what is next. In other words, what is Phase 2. The GoI has said they are working to have a plan available by Sunday, April 26, 2020. That should turn into another decree on or before May 3, 2020.
· The “new normal” will be a long-term effort and a gradual "turning on" of the economy such as when they open up services such as restaurants.
· For community members who would like to begin house hunting, they can meet up with a landlord; which will be considered reasonable travel because your "job" right now is house hunting. Call the Housing office for more details.
· Situations of necessity to travel- Grocery shopping is the most common travel for this type.
· Bookstores are now open under the National Decree. If you need to buy a book you could travel to a bookstore. Please keep things as local as possible to minimize travel.
· Travel should be conducted by one person.
· You must have a mask on if you are outside your property and you must use gloves if you are handling food, most stores should provide you gloves but locations can vary.
· The stop movement order was extended until June 30, 2020. There are some exemptions, such as deployments, or health reasons. It may take some time for deployments but it'll be engaged. If anyone is on TDY they can return.
· Waivers from BG Lasica can be issued for the following reasons: Mission Essential, Humanitarian Assistance, and hardship.
· They have successfully tackled internet challenges for Dorm Airmen and are currently finding ways to continue the improvement.
· Hunt Brothers pizza is now offering delivery for all base personnel. You must call in your order, pay with exact change (cash only), and meet the delivery person at the Mt. View Lodging parking lot.
· If you are house hunting, the housing office is ready to help. The process exists and is open but it'll move at limited speeds.
· The Arts and Crafts center is selling products (some limitations) but it is open.
· The 31st Force Support Squadron is hosting a virtual Aviano Idol. Submit an audition tape for the opportunity to be the next Aviano Idol. The judges will narrow the auditions down to 10 contestants to compete on Facebook Live for the chance to become the next Aviano idol. The Facebook Live rounds will be judged by surprise celebrity guest judges! Submission and questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Ages 16 and up) Submissions accepted April 20-28, 2020.
· FSS is reviewing all services such as the pool, or the fitness center. If there are any changes a notice to the base will be provided.
· A Task Force has been established to address how and what opening the schools looks like. The decision to reopen schools is a team decision between Host Nation, the DoDEA and the wing.
· They are working with senior class leaders on how graduation will occur. Their goal is to follow all the rules within the national decree but still providing students with what they need.
· For AP Testing the College Board who runs the test has set one day (and an alternate). They are handling 10 time zones; therefore, they have set a specific time. The DoDEA has engaged with the College Board on this time zone concern but they are unwilling to change it. · If your student needs help on any subject, they can go to https://tutor.com/
· The Elementary School also distributes information through the website, Facebook, and email distribution. Please reach out to us if you need any assistance.
· They had a productive walk through of the Exchange with the carabinieri to determine what areas could be re-opened in the store.
· Hand sanitizer is readily available.
· There are no issues with the supply chain, there were five trucks last week and there are three trucks this week.
· Saturday, April 25, 2020 is Liberation Day in Italy. Community stores, including grocery stores, will be closed this Saturday and Sunday (per decree). On Base services closed include:
· Commissary - closed Saturday and Sunday
· BX - closed Saturday and Sunday
· Shoppette Area 1 Four Seasons - closed Saturday and Sunday
· Shoppette Area F - closed Saturday and Sunday
· Friday, May 1 is Labor Day in Italy. Community stores, including grocery stores, banks, and post offices will be closed. On Base the Commissary, BX, both Shoppettes, and both banks will be closed Friday, May 1. According to Italian decree, the BX and Shoppette Area 1, Four Seasons will be closed Saturday and Sunday. The Commissary and Shoppette Area F will be closed Sunday, May 3.
· The Commissary has no shipping issues and trucks continue to arrive on schedule.
· There are some shortages with flour, pasta and cheese. They are working with DeCA leadership to airlift some supplies with meats coming in. There may be some shortages with meat.
· On April 25, 2020 and May 1, 2020, the commissary will be closed. Don't forget they are also closed on Sundays.
Q: Will technicians be able to fix appliances that are broken?
A: This week FMS appliances can be fixed.
6:10 - Town Hall Begins / Wyvern 1 Opening Statements
6:55 - Med Group, Col. Woodruff
10:30 - Red Cross, Ms. Boline
16:30 - The New Normal, Maj. Emmerthal
18:20 - Legal, Lt. Col. Lund
32:15 - MSG, Col. Busque
37:05 - FSS, Mr. Kline
42:30 - DoDEA, Middle High School, Mr. Harvey
54:47 - AAFES, Mrs. Krieger
57:15 - DeCA, Mr. Nadal
1:00:50 - Aviano Initiatives, Maj. Emmerthal
1:02:05 - MSG Question, Col. Busque
1:03:05 - Final Thoughts from Wyvern 1
On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, the 31st Fighter Wing Leadership hosted a virtual Town Hall. Here are the main points discussed. If you want to see a replay of the town hall with links to the questions asked with answers, go to https://www.facebook.com/avianoairbase/videos/228675561692255/
31st Force Support Squadron
Career Assistance Advisor
Wyvern Advanced Supervisor Program
Q. What are the rules surrounding take away food? Can we order and pick up take away from a restaurant outside of our town?
A. As restaurants are able, they will be offering take-out food. You should order and pick up food from restaurants in your town or as close as possible. After May 3, more options will be opening since the decree has not yet fully gone into effect.
Q. If we can stay in Friuli, does that mean we would be able to go on hikes and things as long as we stay in the region? And would we be able to do so as couples and as families or just individuals?
A. Exercise is limited to walking, running, and riding your bike as individuals. At the time of this Town Hall, two adults may not exercise together outside. Children may accompany one parent.
Q. The new decree states you can play golf and have one person per cart. Is there an exception for family members golfing together and riding in the same cart?
A. At this time, the decree only allows for individual outdoor activities. More information will be available after the decree is in effect on May 4.
Q. Are travel declaration forms needed to travel after 4 May 2020?
A. Officials expect a new self-declaration form to be released once the new decree is signed May 3.
Q.Is going and purchasing a vehicle deemed "essential"
A. If you need a vehicle to get to and from work, buy groceries, or go to medical appointments, purchasing a vehicle would be essential. Please contact the Legal Office if you need additional clarification on necessity items.
Q. Any idea when we can visit friends? Decree says we can visit family. How does this translate to our US Air Force 'Family'?
A. The legal definition in Italy for family is blood relatives only. This will include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. At the time of this Town Hall, the decree does not permit socializing with friends.
Q. When parks open May 4, does that include playgrounds?
A. You can go to the parks, but there are still no gatherings at any place. If there are too many people at the park the local government can shut it down. Additional guidance should be posted at the park stating what is closed or allowed.
Q. What might / can open on base next week?
A. Base leadership anticipates opening take-away food options from the LBV, bowling alley, golf course, and both Deja Brews. Follow the 31 FSS Facebook page for details.
Q. Is there any way we can get surgical masks? Most of us have cloth masks and are not as effective.
A. Talk to your chain of command or first sergeant. Many local communities have contacted the base to get masks to Americans that were missed during delivery.
Q. If a child were to contract the virus and need to be hospitalized, would a parent be able to stay with him/her?
A. Yes. A minor is not able to make their own medical decisions. A parent needs to be there to make those decisions.
Q. What if my soggiorno has expired or is about to expire?
A. Currently, Italy is not concerned with expired soggiornos during the COVID-19 crisis. The on base soggiorno office is open Tuesday-Thursday for phone calls only, no in-person visits. You can reach their office at 0434-30-4802. Call the legal office at 0430-30-7843, if you feel you are an exceptional case.
5:37 - Town Hall Begins/ Wyvern 1 Opening Statements
6:18 - Medical Group, Col. Woodruff
8:06 - Mental Health/Resilience, Chap. Lt. Col. Seligman, Maj. Rougier
16:52 - Legal, Lt. Col. Lund
26:15 - Mission Support Group, Col. Busque
31:22 - Force Support Squadron, Lt. Col. Mobley
33:02 - Aviano Idol, Ms. Serena Johnson
36:17 - Professional Development, MSgt Ferguson
38:32 - Wyvern Advanced Supervisor Program, SMSgt Parvin
42:10 - Chapel, Chap. Lt. Col. Seligman
45:11 - Public Affairs, Maj. Babcock
48:08 - Medical Questions, Col. Woodruff
50:02 - Legal Questions, Lt. Col. Lund
55:12 - FSS Questions, Lt. Col. Mobley
59:00 - Final Thoughts from Wyvern 1
On Monday, May 4, 2020, the 31st Fighter Wing Leadership hosted a virtual Town Hall. Here are the main points discussed. If you want to see a replay of the town hall with links to the Q&As, go https://www.facebook.com/avianoairbase/videos/858510544557995/
Leisure Travel Guidelines
Questions and Answers:
Q. If you live off base, can you exercise on base?
A. Yes, we can now exercise anywhere in the region that we have a situation of necessity. For example, you can run the perimeter road or throw a frisbee in freedom park.
Q. Can families ride in the same car together?
A. Yes and additionally, family members don’t have to wear masks when riding in the same vehicle.
5:20 - Town Hall Begins / Wyvern 1 Opening Statements
5:45 - Med Group, Col. Woodruff
7:15 - Legal, Lt. Col. Lund
17:08 - OG, Capt. Squire
20:55 - FSS, Mr. Kline
24:52 - MSG, Col. Busque
25:47 - DoDEA, Mr. Harvey
31:48 - Aviano Idol, Ms. Johnson
35:10 - Mental Health/Resilience, Chapel
40:02 - Legal Questions, Lt. Col. Lund
41:25 - Final Thoughts from Wyvern 1
Town Hall Summary
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the 31st Fighter Wing Leadership hosted a virtual town hall. Here are the main points discussed. If you want to see a replay of the town hall with links to the questions asked with answers, go to https://www.facebook.com/avianoairbase/videos/2396350597329897/?.
Wyvern Travel Working Group
Q: When will we get to PCS?
A: MSG is working within the confines of DoD and Air Force policies for travel. They hope to be able to provide guidance soon for those outbound and inbound personnel. Every situation is different. Please contact your chain of command for questions that are unique to your situation.
Q: How can I get documents I need for my pet to travel?
A: The veterinary clinic will start taking personal appointments next week. Please contact them through phone or through their Facebook page.
Q: Are AFI licenses/gas rations being extended due to recent events?
A: MSG is working to once again assist with the extension of those licenses and gas rations. They will update the community as soon as they can.
Q: Are Space-A flights available for those on official orders?
A: Not every Gray Tail aircraft is passenger-able but, if you are on orders, this option can be looked into. Work with your chain of command or contact the AMC Passenger Terminal.
Q: Will La Bella Vista Club resume catered events?
A: When guidance and Italian law changes, FSS will look into how to provide this service.
Q: Are there any ways to get to Venice Airport through the base?
A: When Italian guidance changes, FSS will offer the transportation to Venice Airport.
Q: Will CDC/AYP open?
A: FSS is engaged with this and awaiting Italian law updates.
Q: Any word about the gym reopening?
A: All base and FSS activities are in lockstep with the Italian law. When changes happen to current Italian law, then changes can begin to happen on base after review.
Q: Can you clarify if the self-declaration form is needed for all movement or only for movement outside of FVG?
A: Per the current decree, self-declaration forms are still mandatory while traveling, in or out of the region. Exceptions: for work - can use a CAC card and out for exercise - it becomes self-evident that you are out for a necessity.
Q: Do I still have to shop at my nearest store?
A: If your nearest store has what you need, yes. Movements should be out of necessity.
Q: What are the rules regarding exercise? Can I hike with all my friends/coworkers?
A: Two unrelated people can exercise together, using face coverings and social distancing, for reasons of safety. No big groups of people should be exercising together.
Q: When is the clinic going to start seeing patients (in person) for routine appointments?
A: If you need an in person appointment, there are appointments available. Call the clinic appointment lineat 0434-30-5000.
Q: Can the schools each please clarify what it means that there will be no new assignments after May 26th, but school is still open until June 9th? What will students be doing?
A: The time after May 26th is a time that students may turn in any assignments that were assigned during Quarter 4 that may not have been previously turned in. The time can also be used to improve their grades. Please contact your individual teacher(s) if you need more specific information.
Q: Is there any update on when the passport office will start processing newborn passports and CRBA again?
A: Please contact the Passport office at 0434-30-5404.
Q: When will the pick up window at Deja Brew be available to use for those with no cars?
A: Please contact FSS at 0434-30-5080. As new guidance comes down, services will be reviewed and updates made.
Q: Are we (or will we be) able to take our children to stores, run errands, etc?
A: When changes happen to current Italian law, then changes can begin to happen on or around base. Please contact the Legal office at 0434-30-7843 for more information.
Q: I've read that shops in FVG will open again on 18 May. Does this mean the base thrift shop and airman's attic can open as well?
A: When guidance and Italian law changes, FSS will look into how to provide this service. Please contact FSS at 0434-30-5080 for more information.
5:44 - Town Hall Begins / Wyvern 1 Opening Statements
6:11 - Med Group, Col. Woodruff
8:25 - Legal, Lt. Col. Lund
12:46 -, Capt. Squire
17:29 - MSG, Col. Busque
20:40 - FSS, Lt. Col. Mobley
23:40 - DoDEA/AAFES/DECA, Maj. Emmerthal
24:30 - Chapel, Chaplain McGuire
26:50 - MSG Questions, Col. Busque
27:58 - FSS Questions, Lt. Col. Mobley
30:15 - Final Thoughts from Wyvern 1
31:37 - Sunrise Video
Town Hall Summary
On Monday, May 18, 2020, the 31st Fighter Wing hosted a virtual town hall. Here are the main points discussed. If you want to see a replay of the town hall with links to the questions asked with answers, go to https://www.facebook.com/avianoairbase/videos/277950049911493/
Questions and Answers:
Q: When will facilities on base start opening?
A: We're collectively working on opening facilities such as the fitness center, bowling, and the pool. We are hesitant to apply a timeline. Our goal is to have them up and running next week.
Q: Can kids accompany their parents while shopping?
A: There is no rule or law stating that you cannot go shopping with your children, but stores may have rules on how many people can enter at a time, so please be patient and be aware that each store may be different.
0:58 - Town Hall Begins / Wyvern 1 Opening Statements
1:25 - Med Group, Col. Woodruff
2:05 - Mental Health
4:08 - Legal, Lt. Col. Lund
14:23 - Travel, Capt. Squire
19:07 - MSG, Col. Busque
21:17 - FSS, Mr. Kline
25:03 - AAFES, Ms. Jordan
26:35: Chapel, Chaplain McGuire
29:10: FSS Questions, Mr. Kline
30:08 - Legal Questions, Lt. Col. Lund
31:42 - Final Thoughts from Wyvern 1
Town Hall Summary 5/27/2020
On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the 31st Fighter Wing Leadership hosted a virtual town hall. Here are the main points discussed. If you want to see a replay of the town hall with links to the questions asked with answers, go to https://www.facebook.com/avianoairbase/videos/275384066937941/.
Q: Can we get a rotator activated again to support PCS travel?
A: Right now there is no plan to bring back the rotator because there is enough support commercially to support PCS travel.
Q: Is there any clarification on the indefinite stop movement order for outgoing personnel?
A: The stop movement order depends on meeting certain conditions. Aviano continues to assess this and will let the community know if and when changes happen.
Q: Will sanitizer stations be provided and refilled for high traffic areas on base?
A: Yes, MSG ordered 48 sanitation stands for areas around base. After initial distribution, units will be responsible for refilling them.
Q: When we meet with our friends, are we still required to wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing?
A: It depends on how you meet your friends but if you are outside, the answer is yes. Depending on the location, there may be some exceptions. For instance, if you are eating or drinking, you can take your mask off.
Q: Can two unrelated people (not living together) travel in the same car?
A: If you are not cohabitating, you need to be distanced while in the car and be wearing a mask. Try to limit the amount of unrelated people in the car in order to keep enough physical distance between each other.
Q: Sometimes in order to get to a destination within our region, our routes go through another region. Are we allowed to travel through different regions in order to get to another location within our approved region?
A: It is recommended to take an alternative route if you can. However, if you must go a specific route, there is not a high risk of any legal consequences.
Q: After the projected June 3rd border opening, will Italy still require a 14-day quarantine for people traveling in from the US?
A: We are not able to predict what Italian authorities will do but we are standing by for any changes. Please continue to monitor the Aviano.af.mil website for updates.
Q: Will the base pool be open this summer? If so, when can we expect that to happen?
A: FSS plans to open the base pool this summer but will have to get approval from local authorities on when that will actually happen.
Q: Is the chapel opening?
A: Chapel facilities have been cleared to open again as soon as Sunday, May 31st.
Q: When will the gym be opening?
A: Fitness facilities are planning to open starting June 1st. Please continue to monitor the Aviano.af.mil website for updates.
Q: What options will there be for childcare and what is the timeline for reopening?
A: FSS intends to open childcare facilities as soon as approval from local authorities comes down but there is no solid date in place. Please continue to monitor the Aviano.af.mil website for updates.
Q: When will tourist passports be processed? Will the passport office be expanding their hours?
A: Currently, the passport office is processing official passports for those PCSing within the next 90 days. The passport office plans to expand their hours of operations next week, starting June 1st. Passports are by appointment only by emailing email@example.com.
Q: How are PT tests at Aviano AB being affected by the newest PT testing extension date?
A: Fitness testing at Aviano will not resume until Oct. 1, 2020 unless another change in guidance happens. Please continue to monitor the Aviano.af.mil website for updates.
Q: For individuals eligible for COT, will there be an extension due to recent restriction of movement?
A: FSS is engaged with this subject. Individuals are encouraged to bring up their unique situations with their chain of command and local MPF.
Q: Can playgrounds be used with physical distancing?
A: Yes, they are available for use as long as physical distancing and the wear of face masks (ages 6 & over) is observed.
Aviano Travel Working Group
Q: Can dependents fly for leisure travel?
A: According to the current Italian decree, no one can travel outside of Italy. For emergency situations, please contact your chain of command.
Q: When will the on-base barber shop be open?
A: On-base barber and beauty shops have been approved to reopen and should be resuming operations by Monday, June 1st.
0:05:31- Opening Remarks from Wyvern 1
0:07:00- 31st Medical Group
11:50 - Mission Support Group CC
17:50 - 31st Public Affairs - Question and Answer Portion
19:25 - MSG
20:00 - Legal
23:50 - Chapel
24:27 - AAFES
25:36 - MSG
26:27 - FSS
27:36 - Legal
29:18 - Mr. Bruce Jones
30:27 - FSS
33:41 - Aviano Travel Group
35:00 - Closing Remarks from Wyvern 1
Town Hall Summary 6/10/2020
On Wednesday, June 6, 2020, 31st Fighter Wing Leadership hosted a virtual town hall. Here are the main points discussed. If you want to see a replay of the town hall with links to the questions asked with answers, go to https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2708550955918110
Travel Working Group
Q: What about the DoD press release outlining the lifting of travel restrictions to certain U.S. States and Host Nations?
A: It may appear that the restrictions have already been lifted, but they’ve only passed the first phase of approval at the DoD level. These states and host nations still have to pass the second phase of approval at the Service or Combatant Command level before travel restrictions are lifted. Italy wasn’t on the list, but stay tuned for more info.
Q: Can family members travel in and out of Italy?
A: Right now, travel restrictions and a 14-day quarantine still apply to those entering Italy from outside the EU, Shengen Area, the UK, Andorra, Monaco, the Republic of San Marino, and Vatican city States. Things may change soon, but right now it’s not the case.
Q: When is the Housing Office open for walk-ins?
A: It is currently still by appointment only, for Active Duty only. Please use the Kiosk to sign in.
Q: Will ITT offer airport shuttles soon? If not, will other options become available?
A: We received approval to reopen ITT today. As we work through the details on how to properly and safely reopen, we will push information to Wyvern Nation.
Q: Will Intramural sports be coming back?
A: We’re not operational yet, but we’re working through approvals to begin. We will update info as it becomes available.
Q: What time are dependents allowed to use the gym?
A: Any time between 0700-1700, provided they sign up.
Q: What will the 4th of July look like on base?
A: We’re working through that now. We’ll update info on Facebook as it becomes available.
Q: Can people visit Aviano from Vincenza?
Q: Does San Marino have any restrictions?
A: We don’t know, but we’ll contact you directly with an answer.
1:12 - Town Hall Begins/ Wyvern 1 Opening Statements
3:17 - Medical Group, Lt Col Toth
4:18 - Chapel, Lt Col McGuire
7:08 - Legal, Major Hamilton
17:25 - Leisure Travel Working Group, Captain Smith
19:37 - Force Support Squadron, Mr. Bruce Jones
22:17 - Force Support Squadron, Ms. Jamille Jackson
24:35 - DoDEA, Principle Gann
26:11 - Question and Answer
26:27 - Legal Question, Major Hamilton
28:40 - Force Support Squadron Question, Mr. Bruce Jones
29:38 - Force Support Squadron Question, Ms. Jamille Jackson
30:03 - Leisure Travel Working Group Question, Captain Smith
31:00 - Force Support Squadron Question, Mr. Bruce Jones
32:13 - Force Support Squadron Question, Ms. Jamille Jackson
33:11 - Final Thoughts from Wyvern 1
TOWN HALL SUMMARY 6/17/2020:
On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 31st Fighter Wing Leadership hosted a virtual town hall. Here are the main points discussed. If you want to see a replay of the town hall with links to the questions asked with answers, go to https://www.facebook.com/avianoairbase/videos/1088375984925240/
Q: “Can I have a relative schedule leisure travel for June 30th?”
A: The current rules go through June 30, rules are enforced by airlines
Q: “Can you come from the U.S. for leisure travel and just do the 14 day quarantine?”
A: At this time, leisure travel from the U.S. to italy is not permitted. The 14 day quarantine is for other forms of travel (work, necessity, etc.)
Q: “Are gatherings okay inside theaters?”
A: Italy did not change the prohibition of gatherings. Theaters will have assigned and spaced-out seating. Ushers will seat you, only a certain amount of people allowed in a given area.
Q: “When can spouses use the gym and the parent-child area?”
A: We are unable to open the parent child area of the gym at this time in order to comply with the national decrees. We are looking into implementing outdoor aerobics classes as well as possibly opening the basketball courts.
Q: “When will the base pool open?”
A: The base pool has a flexible scheduled opening of June 30th. Information regarding the pool will be posted to the FSS facebook page.
1:14 - Town Hall Begins/ Opening Statements from Vice CC
2:30 - Medical Group, Col.
3:58 - Legal, Lt Col Lund
8:10 - Leisure Travel Working Group, Captain Smith
10:10 - Mission Support Group - Col. Busque
12:53 - Force Support Squadron, Ms. Jamille Jackson
15:28 - Chapel, Chaplain Ramos
18:06 - Equal Opportunity, MSgt O’Brien
20:45 - Question and Answer:
21:12 - Legal Question, Lt Col Lund
25:49 - Force Support Squadron Question, Ms. Jamille Jackson
27:10 - Final Thoughts from Vice CC
Updated 10/16/2020 @ 5 p.m.
COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Summary
On Thursday, October 15, 2020, 31st Fighter Wing Leadership hosted a virtual town hall. Here are the main points discussed. If you want to see a replay of the town hall with links to the questions asked with answers, go to https://m.facebook.com/avianoairbase/videos/362582528228050/?__tn__=%2As%2As-R
31 MSG Commander
I’m Colonel Busque, the 31st Mission Support Group commander, and I’m happy to be here tonight as we open up and share some information with you all. It’s been awhile since we’ve had a COVID Town Hall, but with the rise of cases within Europe and Italy and the publication of the new decree, we wanted to gather the team to provide clear and concise guidance. On behalf of Brig. Gen. Bailey, who wishes he could be here tonight, I want to reaffirm our commitment to keep you safe, informed and mission ready.
The new decree has renewed emphasis on face coverings and physical distancing, as well as new restrictions and safety measures regarding activities and events, travel and movement, and liturgical and religious activities.
FACE COVERINGS AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING:
FACE COVERING REQUIREMENTS:
OTHER HEALTH MEASURES:
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS (e.g., cinemas, entertainment venues, sports):
LITURGICAL AND RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES:
TRAVEL AND MOVEMENT:
Situation in Europe/Italy/FVG
What the MDG is doing
COVID-19 testing options:
How You Can Help
Travel Working Group
Please understand different countries will use different metrics and numbers for what drives them to implement restrictions/safety measures. It is important travelers are aware of decree updates and country-specific restrictions BEFORE traveling.
Currently, there is no wing policy restricting travel within Italy.
Force Support Squadron
Unfortunately, pick up games will be discontinued, as well as intramural contact sports like flag football. Child and Youth sports will continue as planned. A&FRC, bowling, golfing will stay as they are today.
Regarding Fall Fest – we’re still evaluating on a case-by-case basis. We’re going to do what we can to continue these events while balancing it with health and safety.
Currently, if you are in ROM at the TLF you cannot go outside. If you have a pet, then you can take them out for a bathroom break. We’re staying engaged with our Italian authorities to explore alternatives.
Closing statements from 31st MSG commander
This brings back memories from last spring. It was a lot of work and a lot of dedication to stay healthy and safe. The key to success is holding ourselves and each other accountable by staying compliant and staying healthy and safe. Please continue to ask questions and we will continue to keep you informed.
Q: “Will the new decree limit the number of adults in a room for training?”
A: For training purposes, yes. As long as all participants are able to keep physical distance. During breaks, ensure members are not congregating in one area, and to maintain mask usage and physical distancing.
Q: “Are group PT sessions considered sports?”
A: Group PT sessions are allowed, but contact sports are prohibited. The new decree only applies to contact sports.
Q: “Where can you find the specific instructions for ROM in regards to those with COVID symptoms?”
A: All ROM instructions can be found in the Aviano App under the COVID-19 Tab > 14-Day ROM
Q: “Are indoor scout meetings, which average 15 people, allowed/recommended?”
A: Gatherings are prohibited.
Q: “Can your relatives from the U.S. visit you in Italy?”
A: Family members are considered tourists, and tourism from the U.S. is prohibited. Exceptions include emergencies, work, or health-related issues. Please direct specific questions regarding travel to your chain of command and the legal office, as each situation is different and has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Q: “Are people who’ve tested positive for COVID exempt from having to wear a mask?”
A: If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19, that does not alleviate the need to wear a face covering.
Q: “When can you return to work after testing positive?”
A: In Italy, you must test negative at least once, but in most cases twice, before returning to work.
Q: “When should you get tested? For example, if you have a sore throat but no fever?”
A: 31 MDG/Public Health recommends that any individual with flu like symptoms stay home and not attend work to help prevent the spread of any sickness. Additionally, please ensure proper precautions are used such as physical distancing, hand washing, and proper cough etiquette. It is recommended that common surfaces/objects be sanitized twice a day with Clorox or bleach solution. Please direct specific questions regarding symptoms and testing to the 31st MDG, as each situation is different and has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Q: “How does testing work? Is the test painful? Is there drive up testing?”
A: Screeners will provide information prior to testing. Members will come to the 31 MDG for a screening via drive-through to prevent any spread within the clinic (should there be any positive tests). The test isn’t necessarily painful, but can be uncomfortable.
Q: “If you go to someone’s house should you keep your mask on or is it alright to take it off if you’re at least a meter away from them?”
A: Face coverings are required in all indoor spaces unless you can guarantee continued isolation from non-cohabitants. Exception: you do no need to wear a face covering in your own private home (though you are encouraged to wear face coverings when non-cohabitants are present).
Q: “How many positive COVID cases are in the town of Aviano and surrounding area? Also, how many positive cases on base and in the schools?”
A: As we’ve mentioned before, if you’ve been identified as a close contact or potentially would be a close contact, you will be notified. Please direct any questions regarding positive cases within your organization to your leadership.
TRAVEL WORKING GROUP
Q: “Are we able to drive through a red country, such as Austria, to get to a green country, such as Germany for leave?”
A: Please direct specific questions regarding travel to your chain of command and the legal office, as each situation is different and has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
FORCE SUPPORT SQUADRON
Q: “Will Fall fest will be canceled?”
A: We’re still evaluating on a case-by-case basis. We’re going to do what we can to continue these events while balancing it with health and safety.
Q: “If you’re in ROM, can you go outside?”
A: Currently, if you are in ROM at the TLF you cannot go outside. If you have a pet, then you can take them out for a bathroom break. We’re staying engaged with our Italian authorities to explore alternatives.
Q: “How does the new decree affect students at school? Should they be wearing masks at all times, including while at recess? What about in classrooms where they are spaced more than 1 meter apart?”
A: School field trips are prohibited. Whether indoors or outdoors, everyone must wear a mask anytime they are not sitting at a table in a restaurant. You must wear a mask anytime you are not consuming food or drink. Children under the age of six and persons with health issues preventing the wear of a mask are exempt from the requirements to wear a mask indoors or outdoors.
3:20 - Town Hall Begins/ Opening statements from 31st MSG commander
4:30 - Legal, Maj. Hamilton
25:14 – Public Health, Capt. Cokely
31:45 – Travel Working Group, Capt. Smith
34:48 – 31 FSS, Lt. Col. Long
38:44 – Question and Answer
38:52 – Legal Questions, Maj. Hamilton
42:15 – Public Health Questions, Capt. Cokely
46:35 – 31 FSS, Lt. Col. Long
47:55 – Closing statements from 31st MSG commander
Updated 11/17/2020 @ 5 p.m.
COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Summary
On Monday, November 15, 2020, 31st Fighter Wing Leadership hosted a virtual town hall. Here are the main points discussed. If you want to see a replay of the town hall with links to the questions asked with answers, go to https://www.facebook.com/avianoairbase/videos/699240617394242.
31st FW Commander
Welcome Wyvern Nation and thank you for tuning in because this is important. We as a leadership team wanted to have a Town Hall because conditions have changed. It’s important that we effectively communicate to you where we are and what the implications of the changes in the decree mean. It’s important that we digest that across all avenues and give you the opportunity to ask questions.
I think something that’s important to digest is that there are a number of you who were here before in the spring, and a number of you who were not. We all bring very different perspectives when we look at what is happening and what has happened. It’s critical that we look at this phase that we’re going into and understand what it means for us right now.
We’re going to have a group of subject matter experts who are going to come up and help you understand these things.
As you listen to each one of these speakers, lean forward as much as you can and enjoy the freedoms that you can while it’s possible.
There have been a few changes in the law over the last week:
If you’re feeling confused as to where we are with the law, you are not the only one. What we want to do is tell you where we are today, what rules are in place, and what you really need to execute your daily life and make sure that you’re staying within the bounds of the law.
All of the current rules are posted on the Aviano App and the Aviano Website under the Italian decrees and regional ordinances tabs. What you’re going to want to look at there is all the Orange rules and all the Yellow rules. Keep doing what you were doing while we were in Yellow but add on the new requirements under the Orange zone.
Tonight, we’re going to focus on three main areas that really effect our day-to-day lives: movement, face coverings, and the marketplace.
There are three categories you need to worry about:
In each of those cases you’ll need to carry a self-certification form which is available on the Aviano App and Aviano Website. When you download the form, you will also receive a letter signed by the 31st FW commander and the ITAF base commander that you can carry with you.
A municipality can be a single community, but in some instances a municipality can be made up of several communities. To find a list of communities that are in your municipality, visit the Aviano website.
When traveling across municipalities for services/activities that are not available in your municipality, it still has to be needs-based. Some examples include:
If you assess these needs incorrectly it may lead a civil fine which can be anywhere from 280 to 400 euro, but they will not be criminal charges or penalties. Be conservative and think about what actually constitutes a need. However, if you lie on the form or make a false statement to local law enforcement, that can lead to jail time and fines of up to 2,000 euro.
Your common access card can also work as your self-certification form if you are coming to work and do not have a form printed. Carabinieri may have some on hand and can ask you to fill out the form. Dependent IDs are not accepted as a self-certification form.
As a reminder, no parties or gatherings are allowed. It is strongly recommended that non-cohabitants do not visit each other’s homes.
Thank you for working through this rapidly changing and dynamic situation with us.
A new schedule will be sent out that will be different from the normal master schedule which we work from daily. The idea of this schedule is to cut down on the amount of screen time that students are having and to limit the amount of homework. We got some feedback from the last school year and those were two of the main concerns and we are trying to make some changes.
With that being said, we really need students to stay engaged. We’ll be monitoring grades daily and weekly to make sure students are doing what they’re supposed to be doing and what is expected of them.
Students will have screen time with their teachers and also do work on their own. Be very careful to follow the directions of your teachers.
We will be sending out a survey to figure out your technology needs and if you find that you’re in need of technology we will have that available. Parents can come in and sign this equipment out.
AP classes will have more exposure to their teachers and the schedule will build in more time for those classes. DODEA will continue with College and Career Ready Standards.
The delivery method for most classes will be either through Google Classroom or through the DoDEA Schoology platform.
We are constantly working to be better so if you see an area where we might need to improve, please let us know what we can do. Thank you all for your support during this time.
Travel Working Group
In accordance with Italian Air Force Policy for base access under the current COVID conditions, and local agreements with the Italian Base Commander, there are new procedures that are to be implemented which can be found here.
Across Europe, Italy, and FVG we’ve been watching COVID cases rise the last few months. From a Public Health standpoint, we ask you to do your part and to be compliant with these measures so we can these cases under control.
If someone is tested and is COVID positive, medical personnel will notify the individual. Once that occurs a public health member will conduct an interview with that member. They individual will be asked who they had contact with 48 hours prior to when they were symptomatic. If an individual tests positive with no symptoms, they will be asked who they had contact with 48 hours prior to their test.
A close contact is considered to be anyone who was within six feet of the COVID positive individual for 15 minutes or more, within the above timeframe. Additionally, any direct contact such as hugs, kisses, or handshakes will consider you a close contact.
This does not mean that if you were around a COVID positive individual for less than 15 minutes you are clear or have zero chances of getting COVID, it simply means your risk is less.
If you are considered to be a close contact, you will be notified through either a public health technician or your leadership chain and will be instructed to go on ROM.
If you are on ROM as a close contact with no symptoms, other members in your household my come and go from the home as long as they were not in contact with the COVID positive individual. If you begin to develop symptoms while on ROM, the other member will need to stay home and ROM as well until the test results come back.
This is why it is important that you treat everyone as if they were COVID positive and follow all regulations.
31st Force Support Squadron
Your FSS stands committed to providing you services safely and in compliance to get after your wellness and resiliency. If you live on base or have a legitimate need to be on base you can still access many of our services.
We are working on offering virtual fitness classes and hope to get that to you shortly. The Volt app is also an option for exercise options. Parks and playgrounds also remain open.
Outdoor recreation can help you come up with ideas of things to do in your municipality. The Vicini Americani group has also been working really hard to provide city guides and POCs for the local communities. We’re working with them to push out that information to you and you can find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/viciniamericaniaviano/.
The golf course, tennis courts, and ITT shuttle are still open and running. The community center is working on getting after some virtual options for certain requests.
There are no changes to CDC or School Age for those who have before and after school care. We will provide some limited day camp opportunities for ages 11-13 that were affected by school. Due to capacity, we will have limited spots which you can find on https://public.militarychildcare.csd.disa.mil/mccu/ui/#/.
The library will continue their curbside services and to-go craft projects. Wyvern University will go virtual and will be more inclusive for dependents and spouses where appropriate.
The community center is offering virtual bingo and the Aviano Cribs: Dorm Holiday Edition competition is currently going on for the dorm Airmen.
For civilian personnel, if you are teleworking there is a new policy that authorizes you to telework with a child at home. If you do not have telework capabilities, we can enact a certain type of leave that gives you 80 hours of leave. Please come and talk to us to figure out what is best for you.
I appreciate all the feedback you give us on a daily basis and please follow us on our social media at https://www.facebook.com/31FSS.
Closing statements from 31st FW commander
These are the majority of the questions we received that are general in nature, we do have a series of additional questions that are more specific and we’re working those point-to-point. The intent will be that we capture all the questions and if we didn’t answer it for you today, we’re going to answer it for you point-to-point or it will be in the Town Hall summary.
As we wrap up today, I want us to remember that we are in a different place then we were. I want everybody to digest that.
Q: Can you travel to another municipality for a barber if your municipality doesn’t have one?
A: Yes, but you cannot travel outside of your municipality for a barber if there is one available in your municipality.
Q: If you’re just PCSing in, can you go house hunting?
A: Yes, this is considered a need. You and your family are allowed to visit different municipalities to look for a home.
Q: Can you travel to another municipality for a pet groomer?
A: Yes, but you cannot travel outside of your municipality for a groomer if there is one available in your municipality.
Q: Is travel to a U.S. Embassy allowed for immigration-related issues?
A: Call the Embassy to determine if this appointment has to happen now or if it can be moved to a later date. Discuss any concerns with them to determine what can be done.
Q: Can people travel to the base for the Commissary, BX or post office, ect. if it requires them to leave their municipality?
A: Yes, but you cannot travel outside of your municipality for services or items if they are available in your municipality. APO boxes are only available on base and you are permitted to travel outside your municipality for it. For the BX and Commissary, only travel outside of your municipality if items are not available closer to you. Minimize movement and contact as much as possible.
Q: Can we use parks and playgrounds on/off base?
A: Yes, they are open.
Q: Does the 10 p.m. curfew also affect dorm Airmen?
A: Yes, the curfew applies to everyone both on and off base.
Q: Why did 6th – 12th grade go remote?
A: 50% of our staff teaches both middle and high school classes. The ability to separate that staff and safely teach is extremely difficult.
Q: Will the bus schedule for elementary be adjusted due to middle/high school pick up and drop offs?
A: If that happens, you’ll be notified by the bus office well in advance.
Q: If elementary goes virtual, how do we service kids on 504 plans and IEPs?
A: We don’t anticipate that happening but if it does, our teachers will ensure their continued care.
Q: If you have family members in ROM, why isn’t the entire household on ROM?
A: While that would be the safest option, mission requirements cannot be met if entire families went on ROM. So we have to take some calculated risks as far as how we are going to keep the mission going.
05:45 - Town Hall begins/ Opening statements from 31st FW commander
10:04 - Legal, Maj. Hamilton
28:10 – DoDEA, Mr. Harvey
34:01 – Travel Working Group, Capt. Smith
37:49 – Public Health, Capt. Cokely
42:42 – 31st FSS, Lt. Col. Long
49:05 – Question and Answer
49:10 – Legal Questions, Maj. Hamilton
55:38 – DoDEA Questions, Mr. Harvey
58:43 – Public Health Questions, Capt. Cokely
1:00:28 – Closing statements from 31st FW commander
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Town Hall 6 - Local Nationals - 12 March 2020
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Town Hall 8 - 17 March 2020
Town Hall 9 - Local Nationals - 20 March 2020
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Town Hall 11 - 25 March 2020
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Town Hall 20 - New Normal 27 May 2020
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