Fort Lee, Virginia will house about 2,500 Afghans being evacuated to the U.S. for fear of Taliban retaliation for helping U.S. troops, DOD announced Monday. The Afghans will stay at the base during the special immigration visa application process, and some may be housed at other installations, but DOD didn’t say which installations….
Fort Rucker, Alabama is requiring proof of vaccine for unmasked service members, the Washington Post reported. Fort Rucker is one of a handful of bases in areas where less than half of the off-base community is vaccinated. The commanding general at Fort Stewart, Georgia has also said uniformed personnel should have vaccination proof. DOD-wide policy allows commanders to set such guidelines, though they cannot ask civilian employees for proof unless their supervisor has “reliable evidence” suggesting an unmasked employee is unvaccinated.
The aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower docked back in Norfolk, Virginia Sunday with 4,600 sailors on board after back-to-back deployments, Navy Times reported. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Harker awarded the carrier strike group with the Navy Unit Commendation Award.
Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kris R. Lindstrom