By BG Dale Lyles
| INNG JFHQ | April 16, 2020
Cpt. Eric Bolin, 1 Battalion 293 Infantry Regiment training officer, loads groceries in the back of a vehicle at Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne, Ind. on March 28, 2020. Community Harvest Food Bank and the Indiana National Guard worked together to help meet the needs of Hoosiers struggling to feed their families during the COVID-19 crisis. (Photo by Cpl. Hannah Clifton)
I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to every Soldier and Airman in the Indiana National Guard and let you know how proud I am of your continued work, effort and support to all Hoosiers as we fight COVID-19 in support of Governor Holcomb.
My priorities remain the same:
The Indiana National Guard’s support to Governor Holcomb, other state agencies and to all Hoosiers is going to continue and will possibly increase over the coming weeks and months. President Trump has declared the state of Indiana a Federal Disaster Area. With this declaration, we will start to transition our Soldiers and Airmen serving on State Active Duty into a Title 32 Status under 502(f).
Again, I want to thank each and every one of you for what you continue to do each day. Whether in support of your civilian careers, your families or in direct support to Hoosiers across this great State, you continue to amaze me. Know that we will emerge from this crisis stronger than we have ever been. Keep up the fight!
The length of orders (less than 30 or greater than 31) impacts leave accrual, BAH and Tricare eligibility. Leave accrual begins at 29 days of continuous orders or longer at a rate of 2.5 days per 30 day period for T32 ADOS. Click here to download an information sheet with frequently asked questions (FAQ) -- PDF
Soldiers on continuous orders for 31 days or greater earn regular BAH-1. Orders must be continuous and not be combined to get to 31 days.
Soldiers on orders for 31 days or longer are eligible to be enrolled in Tricare Prime for themselves and their dependents. Orders may be separate, but must not have a break in service for 31 total days. Most Indiana SMs will be Tricare Prime Remote due to distance from MTF. SM/dependent must be enrolled in DEERS.
The health and safety of all Indiana National Guard personnel remains a critical concern. All personnel and their families must strictly adhere to all COVID-19 health protection guidelines as directed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), and the Governor of Indiana. Leaders must consistently enforce all protection measures and ensure service members becoming ill with COVID-19, or suspected to be ill are seeking medical advice and treatment as directed by CDC and ISDH guidance and remaining home. The care and follow up for our people is a fundamental priority. Current processes for personnel, regardless of status, that are confirmed COVID-19 positive, or suspected to be positive are as follows:
TRICARE Health Program Information
TRICARE is the Department of Defense’s premier health care program serving 9.4 million active duty service members, retired service members, National Guard and Reserve members, family members, and survivors worldwide. For more information about TRICARE, please visit the webpage of the Indiana National Guard Office of the State Surgeon. Below are information sheets to help guide your TRICARE choices during the transition:
Guidance on Face Masks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Military personnel, DoD civilian employees, their family members and DoD contractors are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines on the use of cloth face coverings in pubic settings or where other social distancing measure are difficult to maintain.
Effective immediately, to the extent practical, all individuals on DoD property, installations and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public area or work centers. This includes all: military personnel, DoD civilian employees, DoD contractors and all other individuals on DoD property, installations and facilities.
More information on COVID-19: