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Red River Army Depot is operating on its usual routine, with certain allowances in deference to the current situation when it comes to the COVID-19 virus.

"By the nature of the production lines and facilities within our depot, our personnel are already working within recommended social distancing guidelines, allowing them to continue critical operations while taking the necessary steps to maintain a healthy working environment, said Col. Stephen York, RRAD commander.

Some additional precautionary measures have been applied, per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, certain other measures have been applied that, while not affecting post mission or functioning, nonetheless is a departure from established procedure.

"We have also taken the following measures. We have cancelled all government travel, group functions, including face-to-face training courses and meetings over six people. We have closed our fitness center and other non-mission critical facilities and eliminated all dine-in options at depot cafeterias and restaurants," he said.

As for public access to the post.

"Access to the depot is for official business only," he said. "All visitor requests will be vetted and approved on a case-by-case basis in support of official government business," he said. "The health, safety and security of our workforce and their families is our top priority. We encourage our personnel to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will continue to evaluate current day-to-day operations to ensure the safety of everyone who supports Team Red River."

The Red River Army Depot change-of-command ceremony is still scheduled for July of this year.

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