U.S. Air Force’s UK-Based 48th FW, 100th ARW Announce First COVID-19 Cases

An active duty Airman and a dependent of a service member assigned to the U.S. Air Force’s 48th Fighter Wing (48th FW) and 100th Air Refueling Wing (100th ARW), respectively, have been tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The individuals are currently undergoing evaluation and treatment.

They are in isolation at their respective residences and receiving medical care in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Public Health England (PHE) guidelines.

The appropriate public health officials have also been notified, said a 48th Fighter Wing statement.

“The health and safety of our entire community is our top priority,” said Col. Will Marshall, 48th FW commander. “We will continue working with medical personnel on- and off-base to mitigate the spread of COVID19 and will provide pertinent updates as they become available.”

Military public health professionals are conducting the contact tracing process to notify those who may have come into contact with the positive individuals. Medical personnel will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Public Health England guidance and reporting procedures.

“We remain committed to protecting our collective team and the local community,” said Col. S. Troy Pananon, 100th ARW commander. “We are taking every step possible to provide accurate and timely information as we navigate through these unprecedented time. We will work through this together to ensure we remain ready and agile as a force.”

The 48th Fighter Wing (48 FW) is part of the U.S. Air Force’s Third Air Force, assigned to Headquarters Air Command Europe and United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE). It is based at RAF Lakenheath, England. The 48 FW is the only F-15 wing based in Europe and consists of both F-15C/D Eagle and F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft.

The 100th Air Refueling Wing (100 ARW) is a U.S. Air Force unit assigned to the Third Air Force, United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA). It is stationed at RAF Mildenhall, England. The 100 ARW is equipped with Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling tanker aircraft and is the only permanent U.S. air refueling wing in the European theater.

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