April 2, 2020
Just thought I would take a moment to reach out and ensure that everyone on the Fort Hunter Liggett Team has a good understanding of where the Installation is right now and what actions are being taken during the ongoing COVID 19 crisis. I would also like to provide some resources that you can access that may prove beneficial.
As you know, Fort Hunter Liggett is at HPCON Charlie and we are tightly controlling access to, and the utilization of, our facilities and ranges. Some units who are preparing to mobilize in support of COVID 19 and/or other contingency missions may continue to train here, but that will be the exception not the rule during this unprecedented time. We have closed a majority of our DFMWR facilities and services. Our visitor center is also closed and all vetting will be conducted at Bradley Gate (main gate) with the heightened measures being in effect for all personnel entering the Installation.
Facilities and services that remain open are:
• All Directorate of Emergency Services facilities and services – fire, police and dispatch
• Emergency Operations Center
• Gas station for individuals who have post access and residents
• AAFES Troop Store (exchange) with a limit placed on number of patrons allowed in at a time and social distancing measures
• The Commissary with a limit placed on the number of patrons allowed in at a time and quantity limits for certain high demand items. Access is also limited to Service Members and their dependents with valid ID cards, Retirees, VA Benefits ID Card Holders, and residents of FHL in government housing.
• The Bowling Alley is still open but for take-out food only. Check the DFMWR Website for further details and special offers.
• Public roads remain open for thru-traffic.
In this time of uncertainty it is very important to stay healthy and engaged physically and mentally. I encourage you to create a schedule that includes work, exercise and down time. Go to the Army Medical Command’s Performance Triad (P3) website to learn how: https://p3.amedd.army.mil/.
As a reminder, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Put distance between yourself and other people, avoid contact with anyone who is sick, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place and clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
Also important to your well-being is your spiritual resilience. To assist with your spiritual needs, or just to provide someone outside your household who can offer a different perspective, our team of Chaplains have a 24/7 hotline (831-718-7597) and are live streaming their Sunday services at www.facebook.com/lightfighterchapel. Our Army Community Services and other programs are also standing by to support you with many services: https://home.army.mil/liggett/index.php/my-fort/all-services
And as always, you can reach out to any member of my Command Team and they will provide you whatever assistance they can or they will ensure that you get pointed in the right direction to get taken care of.
Stay connected, stay engaged, stay calm and stay safe.
COL Charles R. Bell,
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