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Stop-Movement Order May Stay into Summer

Posted on Apr 15, 2020 07:00 pm

The Pentagon is extending its stop-movement order to help control the spread of the coronavirus, even as President Trump consults with political advisors on how the country could get back to normal operations within the coming weeks.

The current stop-movement order is in effect until May 11, but DOD leaders continually say it will go beyond that, perhaps even until August.

“If you look at the COVID-19 curve that most of us are operating under on May 12, we’re actually not sitting much better than we are here today,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said recently, Federal News Network reported. “My sense is that we’re probably going to see an extension of the stop movement for some period of time.”

Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters this week that the Pentagon will continue to base its movement restrictions on science and coronavirus testing results. He said DOD also understands the impact stop-movement restrictions have on military families.

The current stop-movement order affects about 120,000 service members, but that number will go up with the likely extension.

“We’ve all deployed and fought enemies abroad, however, today’s enemy is here in our communities,” said Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of the Air Force’s training and education command, according to AP. “We don’t know what ‘new normal’ will look like until we get to the other side.”

DOD photo by Marvin Lynchard

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Post courtesy of the Association of Defense Communities

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