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Military Leaders in Quarantine After Coast Guard’s No. 2 Admiral Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Adm. Charles Ray. (U.S. Coast Guard)

6 Oct 2020
Military.com | By Gina Harkins

Some of the military's top leaders are self-quarantining after the Coast Guard's second highest-ranking officer tested positive for COVID-19, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

Adm. Charles Ray tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, just over a week after he attended a White House event with other senior military leaders. Ray began feeling mild symptoms over the weekend, according to a Tuesday Coast Guard statement.

Ray is the most senior military leader known to have tested positive for COVID-19.

The admiral was one of several military leaders to attend a Gold Star Families event at the White House on Sept. 27. It's not clear where Ray contacted the illness, Lt. Cmdr. Scott McBride, a Coast Guard spokesman, told Military.com, but they're now conducting contract tracing per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

"We're making sure that anyone that Adm. Ray has been in contact with is aware," McBride said.

Marine Commandant Gen. David Berger, Air Force Chief of Staff Charles "CQ" Brown, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley also attended the Sept. 27 event at the White House.

Ray was also at the Pentagon last week for meetings with other senior military leaders, including service chiefs, Jonathan Hoffman, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday.

"We are conducting additional contact tracing and taking appropriate precautions to protect the force and the mission," Hoffman said. "Out of an abundance of caution, all potential close contacts from these meetings are self-quarantining and have been tested this morning."

So far, he added, no other Pentagon contacts have exhibited symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.

At least one of the service chiefs has traveled since the Sept. 27 event at the White House. Berger, along with Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy Black, visited the British aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth last week, according to a military news release.

Brown is also participating in a senior leader meeting for Air Force and Space Force officials at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland this week. The annual event is a hybrid of in-person and remote meetings this year, according to an Air Force official.

"The meetings, which include virtual options, are continuing and both CSAF and CSO are participating virtually," an official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said. "General Brown and General Raymond tested negative before meetings began and tested negative again this morning. Both participated in person yesterday."

Hoffman said senior leaders quarantining poses no change to the military's operational readiness or mission capability.

"Senior military leaders are able to remain fully mission capable and perform their duties from an alternative work location," he said. "DoD has been following CDC guidelines since April with respect to temperature testing, social distancing, and the wearing of masks to the greatest extent when social distancing is not possible and will continue to do so."

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/10/06/coast-guard-vice-commandant-tests-positive-covid-19.html?ESRC=eb_201007.nl

 

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Admiral Charles W. Ray

Vice Commandant
U. S. Coast Guard

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Admiral Charles W. Ray assumed the duties as the 31st Vice Commandant on May 24, 2018. As the Vice Service Chief and Chief Operating Officer, Admiral Ray executes the Commandant's Strategic Intent, manages internal organizational governance and serves as the Component Acquisition Executive.

His previous flag officer assignments include: Deputy Commandant for Operations, Pacific Area Commander, Deputy Pacific Area Commander, the Fourteenth Coast Guard District Commander, service with U.S. Forces Iraq advising the Ministry of Interior, and the Military Advisor to the Secretary of the Department Homeland Security.

A native of Newport, Arkansas, he graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1981. After an assignment as a deck watch officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter ACUSHNET (WMEC-167), he was selected for Naval Flight Training and earned his wings in 1984.

He served at six Coast Guard Air Stations from Alaska to the Caribbean accumulating over 5,000 hours of helicopter flight time. Admiral Ray is the longest serving active duty Coast Guard aviator which has earned him the distinction of being Coast Guard’s 25th Ancient Albatross.

His staff assignments include a tour as Chief of the Office of Performance Management at Coast Guard Headquarters followed by a tour as the Chief of Staff of the Fourteenth Coast Guard District. Admiral Ray earned a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University and a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.

Admiral Ray’s awards include the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, five Legion of Merit Medals, one Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, one Coast Guard Air Medal, and various other personal and unit awards.

https://www.uscg.mil/Biographies/Article/1391221/vice-admiral-charles-w-ray/#:~:text=DOWNLOAD HI-RES-,Admiral Charles W.,as the Component Acquisition Executive.

 

 

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