Message from the Adjutant General

Mar 17, 2020

Dear Soldiers, Airmen, Employees, and Family Members:

The Wyoming National Guard stands ready to defend our state and nation by continuing to execute our assigned missions. To do that, the protection of our force is a critical priority. Our Wyoming guardsmen stand ready and remain the sword and shield for Wyoming and the United States.

In order to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in our department and our state and ensure our personnel are able to respond, all Wyoming National Guard and Military Department personnel must implement the following changes to individual behaviors such as; hand washing, social distancing, and preventing the interaction with vulnerable populations.

The department will use a combination of strategies to ensure we are capable of responding and sallow the spread of the virus.

Telework should be prioritized as follows:
1) for those in “at risk” situations (i.e. compromised immune systems, taking care of persons with compromised immune systems)

2) parent of school-age children whose schools have been closed requiring a parent to remain home

3) Residing in highly contaminated areas (hot zones), Fort Collins, Loveland, etc. For persons who cannot telework, supervisors are encouraged to consider other workplace flexibilities such as split shifts and alternate work schedules.

Look for additional detailed guidance from HRO on instituting telework arrangements and alternate work schedules. Please contact your direct supervisor for guidance.

Approval of workplace strategies is delegated no lower than Wing Commander, Army Chief of Staff, Director Veterans Commission and State Affairs. Supervisors, be cognizant of Health Insurance Portability Act (HIPPA) while requesting specifics regarding an individual’s medical information.

Service commanders will be recommending decisions on drill and annual training in the near future. If you are unsure of guidance, contact your chain of command.

As we welcome our Soldiers and Airmen home from deployments, we can assure you, all those coming from overseas are being tested prior to returning home. Although it is the last thing we wish for our servicemen and women to extend their stay away from their families, extra precautions are intended to preserve the health and welfare of service member, civilian employees, their families, and the local communities in which we live. Please limit all unnecessary travel as much as possible. We will provide updates as travel guidance is released.

Our success in slowing down the spread of COVID-19 is dependent on an individual’s prudent actions. If you or those you have come into contact with are feeling any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, body aches, and headaches) you must stay home and inform your chain of command.
I am counting on you to make the call and self-quarantine as needed. Cover your cough, wash your hands often and well, and practice social distancing.

We will be providing the most up to date information through the following:

CDC
Coronavirus John Hopkins
Wyoming Public Health Department
World Health Organization on COVID-19
WyoGuard FB
WyoGuard Instagram
WyoGuard Twitter

GREGORY C. PORTER
MG, WYNG
The Adjutant General

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