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Niagara Falls air base personnel ordered to wear masks

The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station announced this week that everyone on the base must wear a face mask or a cloth face covering when work circumstances prevent them from staying six feet apart.

The order complies with Pentagon policy and applies to members of the military, civilians and contractors visiting the base.

"To stay operationally capable during this pandemic, we must encourage physical distancing measures," said Col. Mark Larson, commander of the 914th Air Refueling Wing.

"However, to complete our mission, we must often work near one another. We have a responsibility to our community and this nation to remain fit to fight and ready to fly. We also have a responsibility to protect Americans, military members and their families. Every precaution we can take to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will be critical to remain operationally effective," Larson said.

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