A NATO service member at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

The service member, who was at the base for Red Flag 20-2, entered isolation at the time of symptom onset and will remain in isolation in accordance with  protocols.

The service member has received medical treatment, say the U.S. Air Force.

“We are following CDC guidance for personnel who had close contact with the affected individual. Flight operations for Red Flag 20-2 had already concluded and participating personnel are in the process of returning to their home stations.

Nellis AFB continues to work closely with our federal, state, and local health officials to ensure our detection and response efforts are coordinated. Nellis AFB leadership will constantly monitor the situation and provide additional information as it becomes available.”

Exercise Red Flag is a two-week advanced aerial combat training exercise held several times a year by the United States Air Force. It aims to offer realistic air-combat training for military pilots and other flight crew members from the United States and allied countries. Each year, four to six Red Flag exercises are held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, while up to four more, dubbed Red Flag – Alaska, are held at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

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