“General David D. Thompson, deputy chief of space operations, tested positive for COVID-19 today. He took the test today after learning that a close family member with whom he had contact was positive for the virus.” , said in a statement. “In accordance with established COVID policies, General Thompson self-quarantines and works remotely from home.”
The US Space Force is a newly formed branch of military service structured within the Air Force Department that “trains, equips and maintains mission-ready space forces that provide missile warning, space awareness, positioning, navigation and synchronization, communications and space electronic warfare technology, “according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Thompson is not the first Department of Defense official to be diagnosed with the virus. U.S. Deputy Coast Guard Commander Admiral Charles Ray tested positive for Covid-1
9 earlier this month. His diagnosis prompted Chief of Staff Mark Millie and several senior members of the Pentagon to be quarantined.
In addition, during the outbreak of coronavirus among members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle who attended an event at the Rose Garden earlier this month, at least one military personnel directly assigned to support the president in the Oval Office residence, was tested positive, according to a person familiar with the matter at the time.
The Ministry of Defense fought several coronavirus outbreaks during the pandemic. CNN reported earlier this month that the coronavirus had returned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the same aircraft carrier that had suffered a serious outbreak earlier this year, the manipulation of which led to the dismissal of the ship’s captain and led to the resignation of Acting . Secretary of the Navy.
In March, the department banned travel by members of the armed forces, civilian Defense Department officials and members of their families living or serving on military property to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
As of Wednesday morning, there were 81,288 cases of coronavirus and 105 deaths from the virus among Defense Department personnel, according to the department. This includes military, civilians, dependents and contractors.