The top US general, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, and several members of the Pentagon’s senior leadership are quarantining after a top Coast Guard official tested positive for coronavirus. The US Coast Guard, Adm. Charles Ray, tested positive on Monday. “We are aware that Vice Commandant Ray has tested positive for COVID-19 and that he was at the Pentagon last week for meetings with other senior military leaders. Some meeting attendees included other Service Chiefs,” Jonathan Hoffman, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs declared. The Coast Guard is also taking precautions.
“According to CDC guidelines, any Coast Guard personnel that were in close contact will also quarantine. In accordance with established Coast Guard COVID policies, Admiral Ray will be quarantining from home,” a statement said. The chief of staff of the US Air Force, Charles Brown, the chief of naval operations, Adm. Michael Gilday, and the chief of space operations, Gen. John Raymond, are all working from home. “There’s no change to the readiness or capability of our armed forces. Our national command and control structure is in no way affected by this announcement,” Hoffman said.