Holloman Salutes COVID 19 workers

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Matthew Rosine
  • 49th Wing Public Affairs

A four-ship formation of F-16 Vipers from Holloman Air Force Base soared through the skies across southern New Mexico May 15 in a special salute to the region’s COVID-19 frontline workers.

The salute, part of the “Air Force Salutes” campaign, was a way that Airmen were able to honor the healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel for their selfless service, as well as share Holloman’s appreciation for its surrounding communities.

“Holloman understands some of the sacrifice that can go into protecting the health and welfare of America and the state of New Mexico,” said Col. Joseph Campo, 49th Wing and Holloman AFB commander. “It’s an honor to be able offer a gesture, saluting the essential workers’ sacrifice and selfless service, and acknowledging the continued partnership and support from the community as a whole. The true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic are all the front-line workers, from doctors and nurses to truckers and grocery store clerks.”

The flyover stretched across southern New Mexico from Roswell to Ruidoso through Cloudcroft and Alamogordo to Las Cruces.

COVID frontline workers have maintained essential services during the novel coronavirus pandemic, staffing grocery stores and driving crucial deliveries. Health care professionals have tested more than 130,000 people in New Mexico and handled nearly 6,000 cases of the virus since the outbreak began.

Holloman’s salute to these dedicated professionals was one small way America’s Airmen could show their appreciation to those who defend the health and wellbeing of their families and friends.



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