Reopening Guidance for Military Installations
Thursday, May 21, 2020
The Pentagon issued guidance to commanders on changing local Force Health Protection Condition (HPCON) levels so they can begin planning for normal operations at their installations, according to a DOD press release.
This guidance sets the considerations and processes for commanders who are seeking to adjust their local HPCON levels in a manner that will continue to protect on base personnel from further spread of COVID-19 and preserve the operational readiness of our military. Essentially, it recommends collaboration with local and state health officials to determine HPCON levels and also consider guidance from the CDC and the command’s medical leaders.
Please note that Installation Commanders may set HPCON levels that are more stringent than surrounding community requirements based on mission and other risk considerations. However, setting HPCON levels that are less stringent must first be reviewed by the next higher commander in the chain of command. Also, commanders are directed to coordinate changes in HPCON levels with other DoD installations in their local commuting area to facilitate consistency.
The Defense Credit Union Council encourages each of its member credit unions to contact their local military liaison officer or command focal point for details on how to open up the on base branch. Each location will have a different policy. DCUC has also reached out to each of the service-level liaison officers to alert local liaison officers so they can be prepared to answer your questions and work toward successfully re-opening for business.
Please contact DCUC if your local liaison officer is not responsive or if local procedures are unclear.
Please visit our COVID-19 Resource page for additional information.