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» U.S. Army Reserve leadership continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak. For media queries, call 910-622-3687. 

Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General U.S. Army Reserve Command, gives a message about not letting our guards down as we approach the holiday season. COVID is still a threat and Soldiers and civilians should should continue to take appropriate steps to keep others and themselves safe.
In the fight against COVID-19, it's not only important to chose the right mask but also to wear it properly. Cover both your mouth and your nose. You may be asymptomatic, but could still infect others without knowing it. Your mask protects others. Their masks protect you. Take the fight seriously. Wear your mask.
Video by SSG Christopher Jackson and Sgt. 1st Class Joy Dulen The 7th Mission Support Command remains ready to protect, service, and supply the force though the COVID-19 pandemic.
Command Sgt. Maj. Yingst of the 7th Mission Support Command discusses new information regarding COVID-19 in Europe and some impacts on personnel and their families.
7th MSC Command Surgeon, Col. Jeffrey Tiede, discusses continued precautionary measures to carry out during COVID-19.
Maj. William Brown, AER representative with the 7th Mission Support Command, speaks about how Army Emergency Relief has recently made changes to include Reserve Soldiers.
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with Medical Support Unit Europe, 7th Mission Support Command assist the U. S. Medical Materiel Center, Europe in a joint effort to supply the force during COVID19 response.
Virtual Battle Assembly
April 2, 2020 - Effective immediately, the CAR/CG authorizes the use of Virtual Battle Assemblies (VBAs) for all Army Reserve Troop Program Unit (TPU) Commands. VBAs have been put in place to ensure Soldiers have the maximum means to maintain individual Soldier readiness, build resiliency, and provide stability and security to our Soldiers and families.

FAQs: COVID-19 impact to the U.S. Army Reserve
Dec. 22, 2020 - These questions have been submitted by Soldiers to various U.S. Army Reserve social media websites. Here, Soldiers may find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Army Reserve Soldiers “Suit Up!” for COVID-19 response
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. William Haynes, a survey team member with the 773rd Civil Support Team, 7th Mission Support Command, sprays EPA-approved decontamination solution at the Rhein Ordnance Barracks post office in Kaiserslautern, Germany, March 28, 2020. The 773rd assumed the role of Task Force-Prevention as part of U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz' efforts to decrease the spread of COVID-19.
April 8, 2020 - As the confirmed cases of COVID-19 (over 1 million people worldwide) continue to increase, U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to the 773rd Civil Support Team, 7th Mission Support Command, have taken action, in line with their motto, "Suit Up!", and developed tactics, techniques, and procedures to decontaminate high-traffic areas across the U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz area of operation.

U.S. Army issues guidance for the use of cloth face coverings
Soldiers are authorized to wear the neck gaiter and other cloth items, such as bandanas and scarves, as face coverings. Soldiers should not, however, fashion face coverings from Army Combat Uniforms or other materials that have been chemically-treated. Personal protective equipment, such as N95 respirators or surgical masks, must be reserved for use in medical settings.
April 7, 2020 - To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Army is implementing Department of Defense guidance on the use of cloth face coverings. Soldiers, family members, Army civilian employees and contractors should follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines on the use of cloth face coverings in public settings or where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Host Nation Update











German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced updated COVID-19 protection measures during a press conference April 15.

Germany's state and federal governments agreed on Tuesday to extend and expand coronavirus lockdown rules in the country.

The current lockdown regulations, including the closure of schools, will now be in place until at least January 31, and new rules have been introduced. "We must be especially careful now. We are in a new and extraordinary situation," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference announcing the new rules, adding that the new, more infectious variants of the coronavirus made the situation more urgent.

The lockdown will last at least until the end of January

What are the new rules?

  • Hotspot travel ban: Under new regulations, residents of areas deemed coronavirus hotspots will be restricted from traveling more than 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from their town without a valid reason. Day trips are specifically ruled out.
  • At the time of the announcement (6 January 2021), about one in six German districts had incident rates over the hotspot threshold of 200 cases per 100,000 residents over seven days.
  • Private meeting limit: Additionally, contact at private meetings will be restricted to just one other person not living in the same household.
  • Double testing: People arriving in Germany from high risk areas will be required to submit two negative test results. A minimum five day quarantine period will be mandated, even if the first test is negative.
  • Extra leave for parents: Parents will receive an extra 10 days leave to look after children, while single parents will receive an extra 20 days.

What are the current rules?

  • All nonessential shops and services remain closed.
  • Day care centers are closed, but parents can take paid holidays in order to look after their children.
  • Employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home.
  • People are not allowed to drink alcohol in public.
  • Religious events in churches, synagogues and mosques may take place if they follow hygiene rules, but communal singing is not allowed.
  • Private meetings were restricted to a maximum of five people from two households. That has now been reduced.
  • Schools are largely closed and students are taught through distance learning.
  • Wider vaccination in second quarter.

Merkel said it was likely that only priority groups would be able to receive a vaccine in the first quarter of 2021. She estimated that enough vaccine stock to vaccinate more people would only arrive in the second quarter. All residents of care homes should be vaccinated by mid February.

Merkel reinforced her support of the European Union strategy of securing vaccines for the entire bloc, saying it made no sense for Germany to act alone in this matter.

The state and federal governments will meet again on January 25 to reassess.

Nurse Advice Lines by Location in Europe

TRICARE beneficiaries should call the Nurse Advice Line at one of the following toll-free numbers based on your location:

• Bahrain: 800-06432

• Belgium: 0800-81933

• Germany: 0800-071-3516

• Greece: 00-800-4414-1013

• Italy: 800-979721

• Spain: 900-82-2740

• Turkey: 00-800-44-882-5287

• UK: 0800-028-3263

*** To access the Nurse Advice Line (NAL) from a cell phone in Europe you must first call your clinic appointment line and choose the option for the Nurse Advice Line.***

Non-TRICARE beneficiaries should contact their primary care provider for advice. If you do NOT meet ALL THREE of the above criteria, but you have symptoms of upper respiratory infection, call your primary care provider for advice.

Did You Know? Quarantine vs Isolation

  • The difference between Quarantine and Isolation.

    • Quarantine is the separation of an individual or group that has been exposed to a communicable disease, but not yet ill, from others who have not been so exposed, in such a manner and place to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease. 

    • Isolation is the separation of an individual or group infected or reasonable believed to be infected with a communicable disease from those who are healthy in such a plce an manner to prevent the spread of the communicable disease. 

  • CDC does not recommend testing, symptom monitoring or special management for people exposed to asymptomatic people with potential exposures to COVID-19. For instance, "contacts of contacts;" these people are not considered exposed to COVID-19.

7th MSC COVID-19 Hotline:

Rhineland-Pfalz Commander's Hotline:

U.S. ARMY COVID-19 Hotline:
OCONUS DSN: 312-421-3700 | CONUS DSN: 421-3700

The Army's Commitment to Health Protection (PDF)

Garrison Specific Information