MCIPAC joint reception center operations uninterrupted throughout COVID-19 pandemic

“It’s a challenge,” said U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Preston Batson, the assistant barracks manager for the Joint Reception Center Marines. Although many of the services across Marine Corps camps on Okinawa have stopped and resumed based on the COVID-19 climate, JRC has continued to be a 365 day, 24/7 operation. “The JRC staff and I are always on the go,” Batson said. “While we wear masks and stay 6 feet apart, there’s always a chance to be exposed to COVID-19. We are surrounded by Marines new to the island who have executed the 14-day restriction of movement, and Marines whose flight has just landed to Okinawa…”

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