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Scott AFB to observe 'Juneteenth' on Friday, June 18

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  • 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- On Friday, June 18, the base will be observing the new federal holiday, “Juneteenth National Independence Day” to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.

Please note:

--Several events that were happening for Friday have either been cancelled or rescheduled so please check with your POC’s to confirm any activities you were planning to partake in. For example, the EFMP one-stop ribbon cutting ceremony is now set for June 24 at 8 a.m. at the Airman & Family Readiness Center.

-- The Medical Clinic & Pharmacy will be closed, and all appointments will be rescheduled, with the exception of COVID testing appointments.

-- AAFES Exchange and Express will observe holiday hours, but the Commissary will remain open for customers.

-- MPF ID Card appointments will still be honored as scheduled. All members who are retiring/separating/out-processing for PCS will be contacted by their respective counselor.

--As with other federal holidays, the Child Care Centers & Youth Center will be closed.

-- If you have any questions about duty status, please check with your supervisor.

The holiday is the first federal holiday established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983, and will become the 11th federal holiday recognized by the U.S. federal government. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced today that most federal employees will observe the holiday on Friday since Juneteenth falls on a Saturday this year.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas, in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Only a handful of states currently observe Juneteenth as a paid holiday.