By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
F.E. Warren Air Force Base announced Wednesday that it increased the number of restrictions in place to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Base officials, in a news release, announced the base is now under “Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie.”
“We have to take the necessary actions to ensure we protect our mission,” 90th Missile Wing commander Col. Peter Bonetti said in the. “We are working closely with our regional, state and county officials to help the spread of the coronavirus in our community.”
The requirements of HPCON Charlie must be followed by all base service members, Department of Defense civilians, contractor employees and family members.
These measure include: restricted base access for non-essential visitors, no access for non-Department of Defense ID cardholders and limited access to the base for retirees and veterans. The latter group can access the base on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4:30 p.m. They will be permitted access to the commissary, the base exchange and the medical clinic.
Veterans and retirees picking up prescriptions on the base are asked to use the tent adjacent to the medical clinic. Directional signs will be posted.
Gate access has also been adjusted during this time. Gate One (located on Randall Avenue) is closed. Gate Two on Missile Drive is open for normal 24-hour operations. Gate Five on Central Avenue is currently open to commercial traffic only from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday through Friday.