Fort Bragg to increase manning status starting Tuesday


By RACHAEL RILEY | The Fayetteville Observer | Published: May 2, 2020

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Fort Bragg officials will transition from "minimum mission essential manning" to "mission essential manning" starting Tuesday.

The Army post has been operating under the "minimum" manning status since March 21 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In an announcement Thursday, officials said leaders are being given flexibility to adjust manning levels to meet mission requirements.

The "mission essential manning" will remain in effect until May 11, and officials said the manning status will be evaluated weekly.

"The intent is to allow units and organizations greater flexibility to begin increasing essential activities as necessary to meet their specific and unique mission requirements," officials said of what mission essential manning means. "This includes increased training and a continued increase in maintenance and supply activities."

Service members, Department of Army civilians and contractors should contact supervisors and the chain of command for additional guidance.

Officials said they are still monitoring virus conditions across the state and will align with the governor's orders "where possible."

Childhood Development Centers and gates will also adjust to meet the demand of more people returning the work, officials said.

"This will be a gradual approach, and we will continue to maximize telework where effective, continued virtual meetings, and modify essential activities using social-distancing protocols to minimize risk while operating in a COVID environment and meeting our mission requirements," officials said.

Child Development Centers and Child and Youth Services will reopen only to registered families starting Tuesday.

In other coronavirus-related announcements, officials said physical readiness training road closures will resume from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. starting Tuesday.

North and South Post commissaries have also limited meat items starting Friday to no more than two items of fresh beef, pork, chicken and turkey during purchases.

The limitations are related to "anticipated shortages in the supply chain" because of meat processing plant closures, officials said.


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