Whiteman Air Force Base announced the temporary closure of their commissary until at least Tuesday April 7. The closure is designed to protect the base from transmission of the coronavirus.

The commissary will be deep cleaned while 509th Medical Group Public Health and the Defense Commissary Agency assess the situation and determine future processes to ensure a safe shopping experience for Airmen, their families, retirees and other beneficiaries. Additionally, employees are being tested for COVID-19 as necessary.

Commissary and Whiteman Air Force Base installation commanders are closely monitoring the situation to plan for the near future. And Public Health is fully engaged in the process and will provide further guidance and assist leaders through the situation.

“COVID-19 is a dynamic threat, so we must act dynamically,” Col. Jeffrey Schreiner, 509th Bomb Wing commander told 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs, “We are assessing the situation and taking decisive action to protect the installation from the spread of the virus. We understand this may be an abrupt change to your pattern of life and we will look at processes for maintaining grocery activity on the installation. For now, we ask that Team Whiteman exercise good judgement and continue to practice physical distancing and responsible behaviors—doing so is the most effective way to flatten the curve and protect each other.”

Team Whiteman leaders continue to encourage all Airmen, dependents, contractors and community members to practice good hygiene and limit travel as much as possible; it is a matter of public health and safety.

You can read more on the commissary closure from 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs at the Whiteman Airforce Base website here.