To our North Carolina-based installations:
In an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19, the Governor of North Carolina has issued a stay-at-home order to citizens of the State that will go into effect at 5 P.M. Monday, March 30. To the extent we can, we intend to be community partners and comply with his directive.
So what does this mean for our installations in Eastern North Carolina? We have already cancelled or curtailed non-essential services, and we are limiting our operations to those critical functions that directly support the operations of II Marine Expeditionary Force and other tenant commands. Continue to look for areas that each installation can further mitigate risk and prevent the spread of the virus while providing critical services.
To that end, I want to encourage commanders to limit the on-hand work force to only those employees and service members required to perform mission-critical tasks, and release all others to their quarters. Contact your command leadership if you have questions about whether you should go to work or not. This requires accountability on everyone’s part.
While government employees and contractors will not be restricted in their travel to and from work by local civilian authorities, it is our duty to comply with the Governor’s order to the greatest extent possible. Compliance is both a civic responsibility and the right thing to do for the health and safety of our forces, our families, and the community.
This is what I want you to do:
If you are not involved with carrying out critical services and operations that support the needs of our operational forces and tenant commands, stay home. Minimize your trips to the store and other activities/services, but when necessary use the appropriate precautions. Minimizing unnecessary trips or interactions will reduce the spread of the virus and likelihood of you becoming infected.
Continue to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by practicing strict social distancing, washing your hands consistently, coughing into your elbow and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel sick.
Report any conditions or circumstances encountered within your local communities which counters the provisions provided here for situational awareness and remediation.
Finally, I urge each and every one of you stay focused on our mission to support those warriors training to go into harm’s way and their families.
Thank you for your patience and continued support during this health crisis.
J. D. ALFORD
Major General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding General, MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune