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COVID-19: Defenders stay ready, resilient while protecting base

Two 86th Security Forces members participate in guard mount.

U.S. Air Force Airman Ethan Myers (right), 86th Security Forces member, participates in guard mount before taking post on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 24, 2020. The purpose of the guard mount is to take accountability, as well as pass on all pertinent and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mike Alberty, 86th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, briefs Airmen during a guard mount on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 24, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mike Alberty, 86th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, briefs Airmen during a guard mount on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 24, 2020. In light of the coronavirus disease, the 86th SFS are taking extra precautions to minimize potential exposure as they maintain normal operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robyn Thayer, 86th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, verifies an individuals ID before granting them access to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 24, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robyn Thayer, 86th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, verifies an individuals ID before granting them access to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 24, 2020. In light of the coronavirus disease, 86th SFS Defenders are no longer making physical contact with the IDs as they once had. Instead, they scan IDs from a minimum of 1.5-meters away, and wear gloves as an extra layer of protection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)

U.S. Air Force Airman Ethan Myers (right), 86th Security Forces member, verifies and authenticates the safety of a Defender’s weapon on Ramstein Air Base, March 24, 2020

U.S. Air Force Airman Ethan Myers (right), 86th Security Forces member, verifies and authenticates the safety of a Defender’s weapon on Ramstein Air Base, March 24, 2020. Myers acts as an extra set of eyes at this arm-up station to further minimize firearm mishaps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Griffith, 86th Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, and Tech. Sgt. Andrey Shimko, 86th SFS patrolman, conduct a perimeter check using All Terrain Vehicles on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 24, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Griffith, 86th Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, and Tech. Sgt. Andrey Shimko, 86th SFS patrolman, conduct a perimeter check using All Terrain Vehicles on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 24, 2020. The ATVs are a necessary component for patrols on Ramstein because they provide access to otherwise hard-to-reach places. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)

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