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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton combats COVID-19 on and off the range

By Sgt. Juan A. Soto-Delgado | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | April 11, 2020


Marine Corps Installations West, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Range Operations Division continues to support I Marine Expeditionary Force with access to Camp Pendleton’s premier training ranges despite COVID-19, while implementing responsible mitigation actions to slow spreading.

“Range Operations Division has implemented social distancing measures within our workspaces,” said William Lynch, deputy director of Range Operations Division. “Additionally, personal dispersion to include telework has been employed for our organization.”

Teleworking is an arrangement that allows employees to conduct some or all of their work at a location other than their official worksite.

Range Operations Division is hard at work ensuring the continued support of I MEF, as well as Camp Pendleton’s other tenant commands, with range access to maintain the Fleet Marine Force’s readiness while continuing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Lynch said that they are minimizing or eliminating physical contact on ranges, which is critical to combating COVID-19, and having units coordinate through phone calls or emails. Range Operations Division continues to support I MEF’s training requirements and has the full capability to schedule units for specific ranges. Training has also been restricted to smaller groups.

“I have half of my staff teleworking and the other half working in the office, but we continue to work to support all units with whatever training needs they may have,” said Lynch.

Like range operations, Camp Pendleton has implemented several guidelines to help combat the spread of COVID-19, such as the use of cloth face coverings and implementing six-foot distancing between personnel throughout the installation.

Together, Camp Pendleton service members, civilians and their families are flattening the curve wherever they can.