Public Health Emergency Declared: April 3
Public Health Emergency Renewed: May 4
Health Protection Condition: Charlie
Base Open To: Uniformed members and their dependents, essential civilian contract employees
Pharmacy Access: Beneficiaries without base access may get prescription refills by mail or at a retail pharmacy. Details here.
Nellis announces phased reopening plan: May 11
Nellis AFB announces Phase III of reopening: June 1
A: The Nellis Air Force Base mission builds readiness for the entire U.S. Air Force. The conduct of the Weapons School, training Joint Terminal Air Controllers, facilitating Red and Green Flag exercises, and weapons system testing directly impacts our ability to be successful in current combat operations. Our work is essential to the continued defense of our Nation and we cannot stop moving forward.
However, mission tasks and operations have been prioritized. We’ve delayed numerous tests and routine events, and we’re focusing on modifying shifts to safely and smartly produce missions while adjusting to this new way of doing business.
Nellis AFB leadership continues to evaluate its operations in the context of this evolving public health concern, and we will adjust our operations as dictated by the situation.
A: As of March 25, 2020, Nellis Air Force Base is at Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie. Nellis Air Force Base leaders declared a Public Health Emergency on April 3, 2020, and renewed the declaration on May 4, 2020. The base remains in HPCON Charlie.
A. Nellis Air Force Base remains under a public health emergency, and will only move into each new phase after specific criteria have been met and sustained for at least two to three weeks.
As of May 11th, the base moved into Phase II of its five-phase approach.
As with all actions taken by Nellis in response to COVID-19, this phased approach is to safeguard the health and safety of all base beneficiaries while ensuring the continuance of critical missions. We look forward to welcoming back our entire base populace as we reopen in a measured and responsible manner.
A: Nellis Air Force Base remains under a public health emergency, and will only move into each new phase after specific criteria have been met and sustained for at least two to three weeks.
Please click the link to review Nellis' phased reopening plan.
A: Nellis Residents may still travel on and off base as outlined in guidelines from the State of Nevada and Air Combat Command for items of household necessity. Such examples include, traveling to work if you are an essential employee of an essential service, to gather groceries or takeout food, necessary medical care, and physical activity (such as running, jogging, biking or hiking). The Commissary & Exchange are still open. Please continue to practice social distancing (6 feet) and avoid those who do not live in your immediate residence.
Information about Nevada’s Stay at Home Directive may be found here.
A: Secretary Esper during press briefing 23 March 2020: “There will be inconsistencies because every situation is unique. It's unique by the type of unit. It's unique by the mission. It's unique by the location, and any other number of a factors. I have to trust our commanders and our senior NCOs are taking all the right precautions. We're fully implementing the CDC guidance. We are also working hard to implement the president's 15-day plan to slow the spread of the virus.
A: Retiree and dependent ID cards with expiration dates between January 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 will remain valid. This does not apply to children who are turning 21. The minimum age for all required ID card issuances has changed from 10 to 14 as well. Mobilized Reserves, including AND, and their eligible dependents, will continue to use the Reserve USID card to obtain Active Duty benefits. For secondary dependency information for incapacitated children, please visit https://www.dfas.mil/.
Common Access Cards (CACs) will not be re-issued earlier than 30-days of their expiration date. CACs will not be reissued to change information printed on the card, to include new ranks, or last name changes due to marriage or divorce. Department of Defense Civilian employees transferring between components will retain their existing CAC. CACs are issued by appointment only – please call 702-679-0295.
A: Nellis Air Force Base is not processing new base passes at this time. Due to COVID-19 considerations, many base services such as the issuance of Veterans ID cards are limited and, in some cases, not available presently.
A: Both banking locations on Nellis Air Force Base are presently closed. We recommend looking into online or by-mail options they have to meet your needs while we take necessary steps to stop the spread of COVID-19.
A: The medical center no longer permits visitors. Exceptions will be made for one legal guardian to accompany pediatric patients, one adult visitor for women in labor, and extenuating circumstances. All visitors must pass a health screening before entering the facility.
A: The best option during this time is to switch your prescriptions to home delivery. You can get up to a 90-day supply of most medications. Copayments apply.
If you have a medication supply of 14 days or less, you may want to switch to a retail network pharmacy. You can get up to a 90-day supply of most medications. Copayments apply. Please check with your network pharmacy provider about medication availability and copayments.
Please click here for more info.
A: Please call ahead and verify prior to attending. This is an ever-evolving situation and previously-planned schedules may have shifted.
A: To protect operational security as we preserve the nation’s combat readiness, the Air Force and the other military services are only releasing total numbers of service members with COVID-19 across their respective service, not at individual bases.
Nellis Air Force Base continues to report cases through the Southern Nevada Health District, which in turn releases the aggregate number of cases for the Southern Nevada area. Those numbers may be found here: https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus#cases.
A: Nellis Air Force Base is following Department of Defense Force Health Protection guidance and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to avoid contracting or spreading respiratory illnesses like the flu or COVID-19. We have contingency plans in place and are taking steps to educate and safeguard our military and civilian personnel, family members and base communities in preventing wide spread outbreak.
Nellis Air Force Base personnel are following social distancing policies, strict hygiene, and sanitizing common use items. Anyone who has had direct contact with a COVID-19 patient, or anyone who is experiencing a fever with a cough or shortness of breath should seek medical care.
A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a guide on staying safe here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html
A: Per the Secretary of Defense, and to the extent practical without significantly impacting mission, all individuals on Department of Defense property, installations, and facilities are required to wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of physical distance in public areas or work centers. This does not apply to personal residences on military installations.
As an interim measure, all personnel are encouraged to fashion face coverings from household items or common materials that can cover the nose and mouth area. Face coverings worn by uniformed military members should be conservative, professional, and in keeping with dignity and respect.
Face coverings are required to enter, shop, or work at the Commissary.
A: All personnel should stay home if they are feeling sick. Military personnel coordinate through the chain of command. Civilian and Contractor employees should follow prescribed processes. Commanders, supervisors and patients may call 702-653-CARE and press option 9 to be directed to a medical professional who can answer general questions related to the COVID-19 virus.
A: For patients who received the COVID-19/Coronavirus test at the Mike O'Callaghan Military Medical Center: Primary Care Providers will call members if the test is positive, and medical staff members will call members if the test is negative.
A: The most current information regarding travel restrictions is available at https://mypers.af.mil. There are several documents updated frequently to address the effects of the Department of Defense Stop Movement pertaining to permanent changes of station, temporary duty, household goods and unofficial travel restrictions. If you have scheduled HHG, contact the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO) at 719-554-9291. If you have been assigned an agent, the JPPSO office will be able to give you further guidance or give your agent the ok to proceed as scheduled.
A: In light of statewide closures of barber and beauty shops, Nellis Air Force Base leadership has implemented relaxed grooming standards for its Airmen. Unit leadership teams are empowered to use their best judgment and determine what makes the most sense for their unit and its Airmen.
Uniform and facial hair standards, as outlined by AFI, remain in effect.
A: Whether stateside or downrange, our Airmen and families remain a vital part of the Nellis family. Our leadership is utilizing several avenues to ensure everyone is informed about local COVID-19 information and the local impacts its having on their families, friends, and units. In addition to these updates, squadron leadership, first sergeants, and key spouses are working closely together to provide additional support as needed.
A: No – to ensure the safety of the CDC for all patrons, children should be kept home if someone in the household is sick.
Nellis AFB continues to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, including implementing extensive sanitation standards, and we are committed to taking every measure possible to protect the health of Airmen and families.
A: Active Duty, Guard and Reserve service members and their families, and essential personnel who are authorized patrons continue to have access to the base to use available services such as the Commissary and Exchange. The Commander of Air Combat Command has issued priorities aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, preserving force readiness and preserving the health and welfare of service members, civilian employees, their families and the local communities in which we live. In line with that direction, the installation commander has deemed selected on-base services as safe and necessary to the Nellis Community. Those services are carefully monitored and supervised to ensure physical spacing while including additional, stringent cleaning procedures to protect our Airmen and families. We are only able to offer these on-base services as long as it is safe to do so. Please exercise your best judgment and exercise social distancing practices when deciding to take part in them, and do not use them if you aren’t feeling well.
As a reminder, the State of Nevada has issued a Stay at Home directive, as such, similar off-base activities remain off limits and travel off base should be limited those of household necessity.
A: There are numerous companies performing contracts for Nellis AFB. Some of these companies have already implemented their own internal procedures for social distancing. Contract personnel are a vital component of our mission and will carry on their respective functions until further notice. Questions specific to a contracted company’s policies during a public health event should be referred to that company.
A: Nellis AFB has implemented social distancing across the base within the confines of the mission. Mission tasks and operations have been prioritized. We’ve delayed numerous tests and routine events, and we’re working closely with our contractors to safely and smartly produce missions while adjusting to this new way of doing business.
Both banking locations on Nellis Air Force Base will be closed – one of those facilities was already closed at the discretion of that company. You are still able to access the bank this week. We recommend looking into online or by-mail options they have to meet your needs while we take these necessary steps to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Access to the Base Exchange will be restricted to Active Duty, Guard and Reserve personnel and their dependents, and essential personnel who are authorized patrons.
Nellis Chapel services including sermons, homilies and messages will be delivered via Facebook and can be found by following @NellisChapel. For chaplain support, e-mail email@example.com.
The Nellis AFB Child Development Centers are available to mission essential-personnel only. Unit commanders are responsible for highlighting their mission essential personnel – any of those individuals who require CDC services are put on a list, which the CDC uses to verify that those personnel are authorized users of the service while COVID-19 limitations are in place. Note: The CDCs cannot accept children who are sick or who have been exposed to anyone who is sick or in quarantine (this includes parents/guardians, siblings, etc). The CDCs will refund childcare fees for services not used.
Access to the Commissary will be restricted to Active Duty, Guard and Reserve personnel and their dependents, and essential personnel who are authorized patrons.
The 99th Medical Group established a hotline to address questions about COVID-19. TRICARE Beneficiaries may call 702-653-CARE and press option 9 to be directed to a medical professional. The hotline is open Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The TRICARE Nurse Advice Line (NAL) is open 24/7 and can be reached at 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273). To ensure lines remain open for emergent medical concerns, please do not call other medical departments with questions about the virus.
The Warrior Fitness Center remains open for active-duty, Guard, Reserve and dependents only.
99 FSS FACILITY INFORMATION
Identification Card support is available by appointment only. Customers may schedule an appointment at www.nellislife.com/military-personnel or 702-679-0295. Appointments are processed on a case-by-case, urgent need basis.
The Legal Office will be closed until further notice for walk-in notaries, powers of attorney, and legal assistance are unavailable. If you are deploying and/or in need of emergency assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you already have a scheduled appointment, someone will reach out to you to reschedule it to a later date.
Click here to view the most current COVID-19 Resources Pamphlet.
Non-essential appointments are postponed. Medical staff are working to reschedule those appointments, and as many appointments as possible will be conducted over the phone.
Elective procedures are postponed 60 days beginning March 31. Click here for more information.
The medical center no longer permits visitors. Exceptions will be made for one legal guardian to accompany pediatric patients, one adult visitor for women in labor, and extenuating circumstances. All visitors must pass a health screening before entering the facility.
For assistance from the Military Personnel Flight, email the appropriate org box:
Retirements & Separations: 99FSS.FSMPD.Retirements@us.af.mil
Officer & Enlisted Promotions: email@example.com
Customer Service to include Passports: 99MPE.DPMC@us.af.mil
Force Management (Evals/SDAP/Duty Status/UIF & Adverse Actions, etc.): firstname.lastname@example.org
Patients with base access (active duty, active duty dependents and mission essential personnel) may request in person refills the same day at the Satellite Pharmacy. You can text or call you when the refill is ready if you sign up for pharmacy notifications when you request the refill.
The pharmacies may be reached at 702-653-2273, choose option 4. You may then choose option 1 for the Main pharmacy or option 2 for the Satellite pharmacy.
For information on how to get your prescription refilled elsewhere, please click here.
Nellis AFB local shuttle service suspended until further notice. Airmen who need to utilize the vanpool to get to and from Creech Air Force Base may continue to do so, but must plan to follow social distancing guidelines while riding. Airmen can expect to see charges on their vanpool credit cards, even if they aren’t using them, but those charges are temporary, and purely to ensure the rentals remain available to whoever may need to use them.
Please email support requests to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nellis Visitors Center is closed. New requests for a Veterans Health Identification Card and/or visitor pass requests cannot be processed at this time. Trusted traveler procedures remain unchanged for DoD ID cardholders.
Nellis AFB reports its COVID-19 cases through the Southern Nevada Health District. To avoid confusion, press releases below were accurate at the time of their publication but are not being updated.
Public health emergency declared at Nellis, access restricted beginning April 6
Update: 7 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases at Nellis AFB
Update: 6 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases at Nellis AFB
Update: 4 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases at Nellis AFB
Confirmed COVID-19 case at Nellis AFB
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Defense
Department of Health and Human Services
U.S Air Force