JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. – Soldiers with the 289th Military Police Company, 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) are maintaining readiness while providing security and force protection during the COVID-19 pandemic, April 9.
“Our mission relates directly to homeland defense,” said 1st Lt. Joseph Lynn, platoon leader with 289th Military Police Company. “The vital work that we are continuing to perform is law enforcement and protection of Joint Base Myer- Henderson Hall, Arlington National Cemetery and Fort McNair to ensure our Soldiers, civilians and key leaders are safe.”
Additionally, the company is following a variety of COVID-19 safety directives put out by the Department of Defense.
“Currently, while working at the gates, Soldiers are required to wear gloves and face masks,” said Lynn. “The new policy requires drivers to keep their windows rolled up and hold their [Common Access Cards] against the glass, so it can be scanned before coming on to the post.”
Soldiers have also been instructed to avoid transporting large groups. This is in effort to reduce the chance of exposure, Lynn continued.
The company’s mission essential tasks are continuing to be upheld at all times, said Lynn.
“It is very important that we continue to meet our mission during a pandemic like this,” he continued. “During times like these, there is the potential to create loopholes that could make us seem vulnerable. To avoid this, everyone must work together to maintain our strong posture, while also battling the crisis.”
The Soldiers have sustained this strong posture and adjusted to the new safety standards seamlessly, according to Lynn.
“We haven’t skipped a beat,” said Lynn. “We have great leaders at every level in our company. We are continuing to exceed the standard, while also continuing to do our checks on Soldiers’ welfare and morale.”