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Security Forces (SECFOR) Soldiers at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, are enhancing operations and adding additional security measures in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health of personnel and visitors at the Southern California installation.

“With new restrictions and screening requirements for COVID-19 at the front gate, SECFOR has not only handled those very professionally and with courtesy, but they have also been able to keep traffic flowing into the post with minimal delays,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael J. Leeney, the installation commander.

While day-to-day operations like ID card checks, enforcing base policy, and patrolling the base have continued, the Soldiers have also learned to screen people entering the base for symptoms of the virus and check temperatures, said Cpl. Nestor Vasquez, the assistant day shift supervisor for security forces.

“We ask them if they have any symptoms, and if they have a fever of over 101 degrees, we have to turn them away,” said Vasquez, a native of nearby Orange.

Soldiers with the SECFOR team are also responsible for ensuring that social distancing standards are maintained and face coverings are worn when applicable in order to protect personnel from the spread of COVID-19, said Staff Sgt, Lance Fuller, the team’s noncommissioned officer in charge.

“It’s something we all have to do out of personal responsibility for our fellow Soldiers and man,” said Fuller.

Hundreds of California National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are activated for COVID-19 humanitarian support missions throughout the state, which has caused an increase in activity at military bases, including JFTB.

While increased personnel presents new challenges to security operations, the team believes the adjustments are necessary in order to keep everyone safe and healthy, said California State Guard Sgt. Marco Chavez, the team’s day shift supervisor.

“I see the SECFOR as one of the most integral parts of the Health Protection measures we have enacted at JFTB,” said Leeney. “Their constant vigilance has contributed to the safety and welfare of both tenants and visitors alike during the COVID-19 crisis.”

The article above was submitted by SSGT Kimberly Hill through the Defense Visual Information Distribution System.

U.S. Army Spc. Ricky Casas, a security forces specialist, checks the temperature of a visitor driving through the gate on May 7, 2020 at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. Security forces at the gate are slowing the spread of COVID-19 by checking temperatures of all visitors and personnel prior to base entry. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Hill).