71 individual(s) at Kadena Air Base tested positive for COVID-19, during the week of 31 Dec - 7 Jan. The current number of active cases at Kadena is 123.
Whenever there’s a positive case on Kadena, the individual is placed in isolation while Public Health conducts thorough contact tracing. Any close contacts identified are notified and then placed in quarantine.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, STAY HOME and call the Kadena Medical Clinic at DSN: 630-4817 or Comm: 098-960-4817. As a reminder, continue to exercise good hand hygiene practices, social distancing measures, and wear your face mask in accordance with current base policy.
If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you can sign up for the next vaccine line at the following link: https://informatics-stage.health.mil/KadenaCOVIDApp/
For base residents with questions regarding Kadena’s health protection measures, please utilize your chain of command.
1. Map of Restricted Areas of Japan
2. ROM Guidance Infographic
3. On and Off-Base Activities Guidance Infographic
4. On-Base Mask Guidance
5. General COVID-19 Information
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General COVID-19 Information
For 14 days, with implementation on 10 January 2022, movement of USFJ personnel outside of SOFA Article II facilities and areas will be restricted to essential activities only.
All unofficial travel for 18th Wing personnel outside of Okinawa Prefecture requires additional approval, to include normal or special passes and leave. Military members and Civ/MLC/IHA require Squadron Commander (or civilian equivalent) approval. Approval authorities must consider and detail risk and mitigation measures specific to the unofficial travel location. Approved requests must detail the member’s ROM plan as directed by the Kadena ROM policy.
For guidance on stop movement, PCS, TDY, contingency deployments, and leave, log in to https://mypers.af.mil for the most up-to-date Air Force information.
myPers Mobile Log In Guide - iOS
myPers Mobile Log In Guide - Android
If you need more assistance or are having an emergency, please contact your chain of command for specific guidance.
Guidance applies to any personnel desiring to gain or maintain access to Kadena Air Base and areas under 18th Wing control. Per 18th Wing commander, any family under ROM should not be attempting to utilize the Child Development Centers or any other FSS facility.
For the safety of others, members under ROM are not to leave their residence or other appropriately designated quarters and depending on vaccination status, members release days can vary. Support for living needs can be met by utilizing military members’ chain of command and communicating needs with friends not under ROM.
Travel solely within Okinawa prefecture and surrounding islands does not require ROM.
For travel outside Okinawa Prefecture, but solely within Japan, green areas and red areas are identified on the COVID-19 Leave Regulations Map located above.
For fully vaccinated individuals, the 10-day ROM begins upon arrival at a USFJ installation and ends 10 days after arrival, at the same hour as arrival.
For non-vaccinated individuals, the 14 days begins when the traveler arrives at KAB, beginning at the hour of arrival unless a full 14-day ROM was completed at another USFJ installation prior to arrival at KAB.
Fully vaccinated individuals arriving in Japan via commercial airlines or MILAIR, who began ROM at another USFJ facility, may transition to grey tail or Patriot Express to complete forward travel to KAB prior to completing a full 10-day period. However, for non-vaccinated individuals, such forward travel will reset their 14-day ROM. For fully vaccinated individuals, the ROM period is not reset, and they will complete the remainder of their 10-day ROM period at KAB.
Fully vaccinated individuals who arrive with a valid negative pre-travel test shall travel directly to their domicile and/or USFJ installation using non-public transportation and will be on Installation ROM.
Fully vaccinated individuals who arrive without a valid negative pre-travel test shall travel directly to their domicile and/or USFJ installation using non-public transportation and will be on Residential ROM. Members will test on Day 1 and, upon receipt of a negative COVID-19 test, may be released into Installation ROM. Additionally, members will test on or after Day 5 and, upon receipt of a negative COVID-19 test, may be released from Installation ROM on the same hour of arrival on Day 10.
Non-vaccinated individuals will be in Residential ROM for 7 days and may be released from Residential ROM no earlier than day 8, subject to completing COVID-19 testing requirements. Once released, individuals will be on Installation ROM until the same hour as arrival on day 14. Individuals must remain asymptomatic for the duration of the 14 day ROM period.
All active duty, DoD civilian, and SOFA dependents will require a negative COVID-19 test to be released from ROM.
All personnel will comply, to the greatest extent feasible, with social distancing measures (e.g., maintain 6 feet apart, minimize close contacts) and ensure proper hygiene at all times. All individuals will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain 6 feet of social distancing.
Events/activities/locations where social distancing is not possible or practiced, both on-base and off-base, remain prohibited.
On-base group activities remain authorized, subject to any facility protective measures. However, engaging in on-base activities requires adherence to all COVID-19 preventive measures. If the core fundamentals cannot be followed, personnel are required to leave that location.
Effective 1630, 10 January 2022, for the next 14 days until 0600 24 January 2022, all USFJ affiliated personnel will limit off-installation activities to essential activities only.
(a) The following essential activities are examples of permitted activities while wearing a mask:
1. Transit between off-installation residence and USFJ facility and area;
2. Transit to and from school or day care;
3. Pet relief;
4. Transit between USFJ facilities and areas;
5. Purchase of food stuffs from stores;
6. Take out from restaurants;
7. Religious services;
8. Official business;
9. Medical, pharmacy, dental, and veterinary services;
10. Payment of housing related bills;
11. Essential car services;
12. Use of public transportation to and from work or for official business;
13. Financial services;
14. Outdoor physical activities, e.g., running and bicycling, for those who reside off installation; and,
15. International travel.
(b) The following activities outside US facilities and areas are prohibited absent written approval from the first O6 in the chain of command. Such approval may be granted for compelling cases where the activity is determined to be necessary for humanitarian reasons or warranted due to extreme hardship.
1. Seated dining;
2. Indoor malls;
3. Bars and clubs;
5. Amusement parks;
7. Massage parlors;
11. Karaoke, and,
12. Domestic leisure travel.
(c) Installation commanders will limit installation access by non-USFJ affiliated personnel requesting to enter for unofficial purposes.
(d) Military personnel, including those who are in a TDY/TAD, deployed, leave, or pass status in Japan, are subject to a curfew between the hours of 2200 and 0600. During curfew hours, military members must be (1) on a U.S. military installation; (2) off the installation in a private residence; (3) in a place of lodging (hotel); or (4) in the performance of official duties (including duty-related/commute travel directly between an off-base residence and place of duty). Commanders in the grade of
O-6 may grant curfew exceptions of limited duration on an individual, event-by-event basis for specific circumstances. Grade-based blanket exceptions are not authorized.Non-US military USFJ affiliated personnel are encouraged to respect the 2200-0600 curfew as well.
Health screening may be conducted for all personnel entering the installation. However, individuals who develop COVID-like symptoms must remain at home and immediately notify their supervisor or someone in their chain of command and the COVID Care line (DSN 646-9691/Comm 098-971-9691).
18th Wing unit commanders and Wing Staff Agency Chiefs must use their discretion to reduce the workforce to the minimum necessary mission essential personnel to accomplish unit tasks. This includes maximizing telework, reducing shifts, and creating split teams, as necessary.
Travel to all U.S. military installations on Okinawa prefecture is permitted at this time. Members are required to comply with all staff directives and posted mitigation measures when on other U.S. installations on Okinawa.
All FHP measures are mandatory for everyone who accesses Kadena AB and anyone who refuses to obey these directives may face administrative action.
Base Visitor Entry Requirements:
Non-mission essential visitors who are non-vaccinated (e.g., visiting family members, friends, and significant others, etc.) are restricted from accessing KAB. Exceptions must be approved by the first Field Grade Officer (or civilian equivalent at the Squadron Deputy level or higher) in the member’s chain of command. Non-mission essential Fully Vaccinated (i.e., full regimen of vaccine dose plus 14 days after last dose) family members and significant others do not have these restrictions and may access KAB as a visitor.
Only mission-essential MLC/IHA personnel with a signed memorandum from their unit commander/director (flight-level or higher) may enter KAB.
In preparation for possible future temporary restrictions to the base, all contractors currently performing operations on Kadena will be issued a letter stating the tier of their contract (provided by the Contracting Officer or their representative). Contractor personnel must carry a copy of their letter (with color watermark) and their DBIDS ID card at all times. Access to the installation will not be permitted for contractor personnel without a Tier Designation Letter authorizing access.
Contractors (other than SOFA status) will proceed directly to their contract-specified work or delivery site(s), perform their contract-specified work, then immediately depart the installation. Contractors are restricted from visiting any food services on the installation. Deviations must be approved by the respective Contracting Officer.
All contractors currently performing operations on KAB will be issued a letter stating their specific contract tier. This letter will be provided by their respective Contracting Officer (or Contracting Officer’s Representative). Contractor personnel will carry a copy of their letter (with color watermark) and their DBIDS identification card at all times. Access to the installation will not be permitted for contractor personnel without a Tier Designation Letter authorizing access.
SOFA Permit Extension:
Members who fall under the “stop movement” order and need to update their SOFA permit are directed to contact their unit control centers to be added to the list of personnel that require an extension. The UCC will then route the SOFA permit list to their unit’s emergency operation center representative for consolidation. For any additional questions about SOFA permit extensions please contact your UCC.
The following on-base activities/facilities are authorized when made available. All personnel will comply with posted mitigation measures and staff directives as applicable.
DoDEA Schools: Are open during HPCON Bravo. For more information, visit https://www.dodea.edu/pacific/
School Age Care: Open to single and dual military parents; military with working spouse. Additional open spaces now allow categories of DoD civilian and Dual DoD.
Child Development Center: Open to single and dual military parents
Family Child Care: First come, first served basis
Youth and Teen Center: Reduced capacity
Finance: Finance Customer Service Lobby is open for walk-ins till noon Monday through Friday.
Area Defense Council: The Area Defense Counsel Office is open for walk-ins Monday through Friday 0830-1100. Please call DSN 634-3114 to schedule an appointment for your Airmen, or have them call us directly at DSN 634-3114 or our duty cell at 080 6489 8551.
Chapel: Proper mask were and social distancing is required for all Mass and Services
* Weekday Mass at 1130 on Tues and Thurs at Chapel 1 Sanctuary (in-person, no online service available)
* Sunday Mass at 0800 and 1200 at Chapel 1 Sanctuary (in-person, no online service available)
* Contemporary Svc at 1000 at Chapel 1
Their livestream can be found on the FB page, Kadena Contemporary Worship Service
* Presbyterian Svc at 0900 at Chapel 2
No online service available
* Kadena Gospel Svc at 1100 at Chapel 3
Their livestream can be found on their FB page, Kadena Gospel Service
McDaniel Center: open at reduced capacity. Contact the McDaniel Center, 634-3337, for more information.
The Air Force will resume physical fitness testing July 1 with only three components: push-ups, sit-ups and the 1.5-mile run.
In December 2020, the waist measurement as a point-driven component of the fitness assessment test was removed. It will still be administered to determine compliance with body composition standards, as required by Department of Defense Instruction 1308.3.
The waist measurement will no longer be required as part of the physical fitness test but a separate assessment of body composition, as required by DoD Instruction 1308.3, will continue starting in October. Testing for body composition may continue to use some form of waist measurement and may be administered during PT testing to reduce scheduling and administrative burdens, but body composition will not be a component of the PT test itself. Further details on the body composition program will be released at a later date.
Without the waist measurement as a scored component, push-ups and sit-ups will increase from 10 to 20 points each, while the 1.5-mile run will remain at 60 points. Scoring will fall into five-year age groups, as opposed to the previous 10.
If necessary, commanders may delay official fitness assessments beyond July 2021 based on the recommendation of local public health officials, the continuation of closed fitness centers and extended statewide restriction of movement and gatherings.
In addition to the updates above, diagnostic testing is now available for Airmen to choose when they are ready to test. If an Airman completes a diagnostic physical fitness assessment or a mock test with the Fitness Assessment Cell or Physical Training leader, and passes, he or she can decide to make the mock test an official test score. According to AFMAN 36-2905, Air Force Physical Fitness Program, the FAC, PTL and Unit Fitness Program Manager are able to conduct the physical assessment for all Airmen, either inside or outside of their unit. Airmen can make their test official by initialing next to their total score and fitness category section, prior to leaving the testing location. If the member fails the mock test, it will not be officially counted.
Patients and visitors of the main clinic and mental health clinic:
a. Will wear a cloth face covering within the facility at all times
b. Will be encouraged to wash hands after adjusting/changing the mask
c. Exceptions will be made for children less than two years old, anyone who has difficulty breathing, or when it needs to be removed for medical care. Children ages 2-5 who can't, or won't, keep the mask on will be taken directly to an exam room.
Please contact the Nurse Advice Line at 012-099-6985 (from Japanese cell phones) or 0066-3382-1820 (Japanese toll free number) for COVID-19 advice.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, coughing, or shortness of breath) please call ahead before visiting a medical facility. The Kadena Medical Clinic can be reached at 630-4817 and 098-960-9817. The U.S. Naval Hospital can be reached at 090-6861-5230.
COVID-19 Testing: We are following current CDC guidelines for testing and are prioritizing patients with fever or signs of lower respiratory illness (cough or shortness of breath). Providers will consider such things as severity of the illness, age, and chronic medical conditions, along with travel history and potential exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
The only proven, effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by preventing face-to-face contact as much as possible. Therefore, the 18 MDG is converting all routine face-to-face appointments to telephone appointments until further notice. A provider will call you the day of your scheduled appointment. There is no specific time so please be patient and ensure you answer your phone. Incoming MDG phone calls will appear with “no caller ID.”
If during the phone call the medical personnel (nurse or provider) determines that an in-person visit is necessary, they will provide instructions on how to report to the MDG building for an exam.
We will not be offering walk-in treatments, to include sore throat, wart, blood pressure checks, urinary tract infections, or confidence checks. To handle these needs, please call the appointment line or book via Tricare Online (TOL) https://www.tricareonline.com/tol2/.
Central Appointment Line: DSN: 630-4817 or COMM: 098-960-4817
Nurse Advice Line (24/7): DSN: 94-888-901-7144 or COMM: 0120-996-985 or 0066-33-821820
(The Nurse Advice Line is also experiencing high call volumes).
Web app to text chat or video chat at https://mhsnurseadviceline.com.
For any questions or information, please see your respective chain of command.
Effective immediately, Space-A travel is limited to Priority 1, Priority 4-Medical, and Priority 6-Medical.
In accordance with Center for Disease Control and Prevention travel guidance, all passengers two years and older traveling through Air Mobility Command terminals are required to present a negative COVID-19 viral test result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days prior to boarding a flight to the United States from a foreign country.
Test results or proof of recovery need to be in written or digital format and signed by a licensed healthcare provider. Test results must state the type of test, entity issuing the result, date administered, information identifying the passenger, and test result.
USFJ has also implemented a mandatory masking policy for all personnel, both on and off base, when outside of their residences.
For further information, please consult with your chain of command.
Exceptions to the requirement of wearing a mask indoors and during the additional circumstances above include:
· Brief periods of time when eating and drinking while maintaining physical distancing
· Children under the age of 2 years old (see CDC.gov)
· Individual is alone in an office with floor-to-ceiling walls with a closed door
· When mask removal is required for identification purposes
· When underlying health conditions or disabilities that prohibit the wear of a mask exist and the individual is in possession of medical documentation from a health care provider outlining such a condition and the restrictions the condition places on wear of a mask
Based on changing COVID-19 transmission conditions in the local community and/or the SOFA population, these mask wear requirements may be adjusted when directed by competent authority, and such adjustments will be disseminated on the KAB COVID-19 Dashboard. The 18th Wing Commander, in coordination with the installation Public Health Emergency Officer (PHEO), is the authority to change mask wear requirements, and defines the local area as the island of Okinawa (for purposes of this policy).
Masks recommended by the CDC include non-medical disposable masks, masks made with breathable fabric (such as cotton), masks made with tightly woven fabric (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source), masks with two or three layers, and masks with inner filter pockets. Novelty or non-protective masks, masks with ventilation valves, or face shields are not authorized as a substitute for masks.
Any person who refuses to obey or otherwise violates these directives may be detained and held accountable. Uniformed personnel and retired members of the uniformed services may be punished under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Those not subject to military law may be subject to administrative action including, but not limited to, an early return of dependents, termination of a civilian tour, and/or denial of access to/barment from the installation.
The 18th Wing remains in Health Protection Condition Bravo until further notice. Force Health Protection measures currently in place will remain unchanged. These measures apply to everyone who wishes to gain or maintain access to Kadena AB.
The health and safety of Team Kadena as well as our local community depends on our continued vigilance and accountability. Please remember to practice good hygiene, adhere to social distancing guidelines, and wear your face mask when social distancing is not possible. Anyone who feels sick – even with mild symptoms – needs to stay home. If you have COVID-related symptoms, immediately call your medical provider or the COVID Care Line at 098-971-9691.
As always, stay tuned to our Facebook page and our official website, kadena.af.mil, for additional updates.
Restrictions for travel outside the Okinawa Prefecture
1. NON-VACCINATED (i.e., fully vaccinated criteria not met) individuals are authorized to visit green areas; red areas are off-limits unless approved in writing by the first field grade officer squadron commander (FGO SQ/CC) or civilian equivalent, or the first O-6 in the traveler’s chain of command or supervision. Individuals traveling to a green area are permitted to travel through a red off-limits area only if traveling by airplane, Shinkansen/bullet train with an assigned seat, privately owned vehicle, or rental car. When traveling through a red area, only emergency stops are authorized. If an airport is in a red area, an individual may utilize the airport but will take the most direct route of travel from the airport to the final leave destination and back to the airport.
2. FULLY VACCINATED (i.e., full regimen of vaccine dose plus 14 days after last dose) individuals may visit areas within Japan however, all guidelines for unofficial travel and ETPs must be followed including additional approval and special pass requirements. Indoor dining is prohibited in red areas for all members regardless of vaccination status.
a. Groups where some travelers are fully vaccinated and some are non-vaccinated (or not complete with the full regimen of vaccine dose plus 14 days after last dose) will comply with applicable restrictions in this policy based on individual vaccination status. Non-vaccinated individuals traveling with fully vaccinated individuals require an ETP to visit red areas and non-vaccinated individuals will require a 10-day ROM upon return. This also applies to families that have some who are fully vaccinated and some who are not fully vaccinated.
b. While visiting authorized green or red areas outside of Okinawa Prefecture, personnel will adhere to the core fundamentals (social distancing, mask guidelines, and proper hygiene in accordance with CDC guidance. If the core fundamentals cannot be followed, personnel are required to leave that location.
All individuals who travel via commercial airlines or the Patriot Express to Okinawa must now follow the current Kadena Air Base 14-day restriction of movement (ROM) policy. Travel solely within Okinawa Prefecture, including its surrounding islands, does not require a 14-day ROM. Any exceptions to policy must be processed through the individual’s chain of command. Any requests for deviation from this directive will be determined at the Group Command level. Deviation requests from those not under the traditional AF group structure will be determined by the 18th Wing vice commander.
Restriction of Movement (ROM) vaccine guidelines
Members (regardless of vaccination status) who test positive for COVID-19 will immediately be isolated for a minimum of 10 days for observation. Members in Isolation will be restricted to their domicile and will refrain from having any contact with others who are not in isolation to the maximum extent possible.
SOFA members residing off-installation who test positive for COVID-19 are required to transition to installation contingency housing for the duration of the isolation period, unless an ETP is approved to allow the individual to reside in their off-installation domicile. The first field grade officer Squadron Commander (or civilian equivalent), or the first O-6 in the member’s chain of command may approve in writing for members to complete isolation in their off-installation domicile under certain circumstances. The ETP must consider the safety of family, household occupants, and the host nation community; and will include a detailed review of risk mitigation measures, as informed by Public Health.
For all DoD uniformed personnel, members of the civilian component, and other individuals with SOFA-status requiring ROM:
FULLY VACCINATED (i.e., full regimen of vaccine doses plus 14 days after last dose).
All DoD uniformed personnel, members of the civilian component, and individuals with SOFA-status arriving in Japan from another country who are fully vaccinated, to include individuals on Temporary Duty, who are asymptomatic, shall travel directly to their domicile or U.S. installation using non-public transportation and will, at a minimum, be restricted to their domicile and U.S. installation(s) for 14 days on Installation ROM. Subject to completing COVID-19 testing requirements, individuals may be released from Installation ROM after 14 days, at the same hour as arrival.
Fully vaccinated close contacts are not required to quarantine if asymptomatic since exposure. Fully vaccinated members will practice social distancing to the maximum extent possible if remaining in household with positive member(s).
NON-VACCINATED (i.e., fully vaccinated criteria not met) personnel will be in Residential ROM for 7 days and may be released from Residential ROM no earlier than day 8, subject to completing COVID-19 testing requirements. Once released, individuals will be on Installation ROM until the same hour as arrival on day 14. Individuals must remain asymptomatic for the duration of the 14 day ROM period.
NON-SOFA-STATUS contractors, host-nation employees, and visitors arriving in Japan from another country will be denied access to all U.S. facilities and areas for 14 days from the day after their arrival in-country. Fully-vaccinated individuals requiring access to KAB must reference the Force Health Protection guidance in Appendix 2 of Annex B.
POSITIVE SARS CoV-2 TEST individuals who are within 90 days of a positive SARS CoV-2 test and remain asymptomatic are exempt from Residential ROM/Working ROM and will immediately enter installation ROM for 14 days. Individuals who reside off-base will abide by the above guidelines as applicable and communicate with their/the sponsor’s respective chain of command for more information. ROM exit testing is not required.
Vaccination Effects for Quarantine Close Contacts
Fully vaccinated close contacts of a COVID-19 positive case:
(1) Asymptomatic fully vaccinated close contacts will be tested 3-5 days after exposure and must wear a mask until they receive a negative test result. There is no requirement to quarantine while waiting for results if asymptomatic.
(2) Symptomatic fully vaccinated close contacts are required to conduct the same quarantine and/or isolation requirements as non-vaccinated close contacts.
Non-vaccinated close contacts of a COVID-19 positive case:
(1) A non-vaccinated close contact’s quarantine begins upon being identified as a close contact.
(2) Non-vaccinated close contacts are required to complete testing on day 1 after exposure. A 14 day quarantine period and a negative follow-up test between days 10-14 are required before being released from quarantine.
Asymptomatic close contacts of a COVID-19 positive case who were previously diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 90 days:
(1) These individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and wear a mask for the duration of the next 14 days, but quarantine (including post-travel quarantine) and testing are not required as long as they remain symptom-free.
(2) In the event they become symptomatic, they should immediately self-isolate and seek medical attention to determine if repeat testing is necessary.
All active duty, DoD civilian, and SOFA dependents will require a negative COVID-19 test to be released from ROM. Units will ensure personnel in ROM are brought to 18th Medical Group (Bldg. 626) during testing times dependent on their vaccination status. Transport to and from testing will be the responsibility of the sponsor and/or unit Point of Contact. Personnel must adhere to strict mask wear and will comply with social distancing guidelines to the maximum extent possible. All personnel entering Japan will be tested on or after day 8 of ROM, regardless of vaccination status or ROM category.
Responsibility of current/gaining units is to contact their personnel in ROM status daily. Negative test results will be provided to unit leadership. Unit leadership may release members from ROM when the member has received a negative test result and all requirements of this ROM policy letter have been met. Personnel found to have a positive test result will be notified by a medical representative.
MONITORING FOR SYMPTOMS
a. If an individual in ROM develops any of the below symptoms, they will notify their unit and call the 18 MDG appointment line at 630-4817 or +81-98-960-4817. The U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa (USNHO) may be reached at 646-5230 or +81-90-6861-5230. In case of an emergency, dial +81-98-971-7312 prior to reporting to the ER at USNHO.
Fever or Chills, Cough, Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing, Fatigue, Loss of Taste or Smell, Nausea, Vomiting or Diarrhea, Muscle or Body Aches, Headache, Congestion or Runny nose, and/or Sore throat
b. 18 MDG is responsible for the medical care of members with positive COVID-19 test results. 18 MDG will coordinate any evaluation needed and track symptomatic members. A medical representative is the release authority and will provide release clearance for all COVID-positive personnel to unit leadership.
TRAVEL FROM OVERSEAS
Travelers who enter into ROM and have no household members will do so at their place of residence and locations authorized above. There are three ROM options for travelers requiring ROM who also have non-traveling family members at their residence (note: for travelers with non-traveling family members at their residence, there are no contact restrictions between the traveler and non-traveling family members if either the traveler or non-traveling family member is fully vaccinated or is within 90 days of a positive SARS CoV-2 test and remains asymptomatic):
Option 1: Residing together without ROM for non-traveling members
The traveler in Residential or Installation ROM status and the non-traveling household members may stay in their residence together with non-traveling members practicing self-observation, rather than adhering to the same ROM, only if the following criteria are continuously met since the return of any travelers:
1. Should the traveling member test positive for COVID-19 during exit-ROM clearance, that member will enter isolation. All non-vaccinated household members will enter quarantine due to the inherent proximity to a known positive person. Fully vaccinated household members will not be required to quarantine if asymptomatic since exposure.
2. Travelers and non-traveling household members must utilize separate bathrooms and must not share personal items. Travelers will disinfect shared surfaces after use, particularly the kitchen.
3. Should the traveling member test positive for COVID-19 during exit-ROM clearance, that member will enter isolation. All non-vaccinated household members will enter quarantine due to the inherent proximity to a known positive person. Fully vaccinated household members will not be required to quarantine if asymptomatic since exposure.
4. Once the traveler enters Installation ROM, paragraphs 7.a.(1) and 7.a.(2) no longer apply.
5. When all travelers are fully vaccinated, the above separation guidelines within the household do not apply. Likewise, when non-vaccinated travelers return, vaccinated household members are not required to observe above separation guidelines, while unvaccinated household members are required.
Option 2: ROM member residing elsewhere
(Limited resource – subject to availability). The traveler that is subject to Residential ROM may be approved to move into contingency housing for the ROM period. This ensures the non-traveling household members may remain in their household without entering ROM status.
Option 3: All in ROM status
Both travelers and non-traveling household members enter into the same ROM status if staying in the same residence/domicile.
Units will coordinate with individuals in Residential and Working ROM to ensure they have necessary support to include food, water, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, etc.
SOFA members residing off-installation who test positive for COVID-19 are currently required to transition to installation contingency housing for the duration of the isolation period.
Non-SOFA status contractors, host-nation employees, and visitors arriving from another country will be denied access to all US facilities and areas for 14 days from the day after arrival in country.
Individuals who are within 90 days of a positive PCR test and remain asymptomatic immediately enter installation ROM for 10 days. All ROM members must have a negative PCR test in order to be relieved of ROM status. You will schedule your (and any dependent’s) PCR test soon after you arrive on Kadena. For questions or scheduling information, please reach out to your sponsor or chain of command.
If you have a routine appointment scheduled during your ROM status, we will not be able to see you in the clinic until your ROM is lifted. Please reschedule appointments via the Central Appointment Line or at Tricare Online after the ROM end date.
1. Aircraft commanders will confirm that all aircrew under their supervision are operationally and medically qualified for transient air travel. In addition, aircraft commanders will monitor crew and Mission Essential Personnel (MEP) health conditions throughout the mission and ensure any close contact with personnel coming from an overseas location who have not yet completed Restriction of Movement (ROM) requirements comply with this policy.
2. Transient aircrew are exempt from pre-travel ROM and testing requirements when these measures would prevent them from executing their mission.
3. Transient aircrew assigned to USFJ installations are exempt from this policy if they have not traveled outside Japan and have been in compliance with their assigned station’s Force Health Protection measures during the 14 days prior to arriving at KAB.
4. Fully-vaccinated Aircrew members are automatically placed on Installation ROM. Non-vaccinated Aircrew Members will abide by Working ROM restrictions until they are able to transition to Installation ROM per the ROM policy in Annex C provided all testing requirements, driven by an individual’s vaccination status, are met.
5. Aircrew in working ROM are restricted to their workplace (to include the flight line) and lodging. Members will be permitted to briefly exit their rooms to do short-duration activities such as laundry (with appropriate sanitization of any shared surfaces afterward) or wellness/fitness breaks taken in the immediate vicinity of their assigned lodging and separated from the general base population.
6. Crews in working ROM status must maintain social distancing at all times, wear face coverings, and avoid any close personal contact while performing the aforementioned activities outside of their rooms.
7. Pre-Travel Health Screening. IAW reference (i), for travel from a foreign country or US territory to the United States, pre-travel screening is required prior to departure. Additionally, for travel via military airlift (contracted or organic), APOE Health screening is mandatory. 18 MDG personnel will provide further guidance if any aircrew member presents symptoms of COVID-19.
8. Medical Testing. Should transient aircrew require COVID-19 testing, they may utilize the following procedures:
a. If individuals are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, the Aircraft Commander will notify the 18th Wing Command Post (18 WG/CP), who will then call the COVID Care Line (DSN 646-9691).
b. If COVID-19 testing is required for travel to another location, then the Aircraft Commander will call the Wing Staff Agency Unit Control Center for coordination (DSN 634-1388 or 634-5475). For weekend requests, contact the CUOPS Director at (634-2741). Requests will be for official travel requirements only.
9. Command and Control. 18 WG/CP will brief all crews prior to lodging. 18 WG/CP will provide Prime Knight and classified material storage without direct interaction (business will be conducted through the entrapment door). Crews are only allowed inside the 18 WG/CP for mission-essential business (i.e., .mil computer use). Transient aircrew whose duration of stay is extended beyond five days will inform 18 WG/CP and contact the Kadena Reception Working Group (DSN 634-5903) for additional support requirements.
10. Transportation. 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron has two buses for dedicated transient aircrew movement (a 28-passenger and 44-passenger bus). After every crew run, the vehicle is cleaned in accordance with CDC guidance, and the first two rows are roped off for social distancing. Vehicle operators will not remain onboard during crew loading/unloading. Crews may travel to other installations if they are on installation ROM IAW the policy in Annex C. Travel must be direct to the installation and use a GOV, POV, or Base-to-Base Taxi.
11. Lodging. Unless billeting is full, all transient aircrew and associated support personnel (i.e., maintenance members) operating on KAB will be billeted on base. If no lodging is available on KAB, all efforts will be made to utilize lodging on other Okinawa Installations. Off-base lodging may be used by intra-Japan transient aircrew who have completed the 14-day ROM requirement at another USFJ installation. Exception to Policy (ETP) requests will be routed through the chain of command with the authority signature level at either the USFJ Deputy Commander, USFJ Service Component Commander, or their Deputy at the FOGO level (if delegated).
12. Food Support. Crews desiring box meals or MREs should pre-order with the Johnson Dining Facility (DSN 634-4494 M-F; weekends/after-hours 080-6487-6619) or through 18 WG/CP. After lodging check in, crews should utilize AAFES food outlet delivery options to the maximum extent possible. On base drive-thru and curbside pick-up facilities, which abide by contactless food delivery methods, are authorized; entry into facilities is prohibited. Note: If all other food delivery options are unavailable or when mission requirements limit other options, AMC Aircraft Commanders may call the 733 AMS to arrange box meal/MRE pick-up and delivery at: 733 AMS/UCC (DSN 315-634-0271/0281 M-F from 0800-1800L); 733 AMS/ATOC (DSN 315-634- 3535/4512 24/7). If staying at an installation other than KAB, Aircraft Commanders will utilize that installation’s drive-thru and curbside pick-up facilities. AMC aircrew may only call the 733 AMS for support when on KAB.
13. If AMC crews have an urgent need, the Aircraft Commander may call the 733 AMS/UCC to request the required items when the mission allows.
14. If there are any questions or additional guidance needed, please call the numbers listed below. Points of Contact: 733 AMS/UCC (0800-1800L daily): DSN 315-634-0271/0281; 18 LRS Ground Transportation Operations Center: DSN 315-634-4505; 18 WG/CP: DSN 315-634-1800; Cell +81-98-961-1800.
Kadena Medical Clinic
U.S. Naval Hospital preventative medicine
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - COVID Info Page
Kadena COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduling Link
Mandatory Vaccination Memorandum 26 Aug 2021
Mandatory Vaccination Order 8 Sep 2021