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Has claimed the life of a U. S. military member for the first time the Pentagon says the service member was the New Jersey Army National Guard spent was in the hospital for a week then died on Saturday captain Douglas Hitchcock was a drilling guardsmen in medical command and a civilian physician assistant there's also been another spike in the numbers of infected troops so the military is making contingency plans to prevent the virus from putting a large dent in the force on Skype WTOP national security correspondent JJ green talk with me earlier about the new activity at NORAD and USNORTHCOM in Colorado and what they're doing to try to mitigate the situation some of the most critical U. S. senior military commanders and forces are now operating under an extraordinary protection measure to make sure that you have a sudden security crisis arose that would include anything from an attack on the homeland even a potential nuclear situation there would be enough healthy troops and leaders to carry out the orders as this corona virus pandemic grows so what's happening is a specific command personnel group which make up what's called the watch team and there are several of them are being isolated inside Cheyenne mountain in Colorado to ensure their safety from the covert nineteen virus so they are moving the watch teams than to isolate them how are these teams made up and and what do they really do so there you US military personnel from the U. S. and some from Canada to I'm assuming because NORAD and USNORTHCOM that's a dual mission for both countries they monitor these domains space the air space they monitored the maritime part of homeland defense they have a very big mandate I don't have a specific number but we're looking at a couple dozen personnel on each of these watch teams and these include people who are monitoring threats analyzing what these threats are in passing any information they find up the chain to the people who make the critical decisions when it comes to U. S. homeland defense not just here in the U. S. but around the world so they've got a very big and broad job to do now you have been to Cheyenne mountain Colorado right that's a pretty special place yeah describe what it's like there it is Sean it's a massive complex that's built a half a mile underground it's a complex of fifteen three story buildings and they all rest on these massive springs just like those that used to be in mattresses they don't build on that way anymore but they're just like those kinds of springs and that's so that none of these buildings will shift more than an inch during a nuclear attack or an earthquake it's got twenty five ton blast doors that will protect it from the impact of of thirty megaton nuclear blast a couple thousand people or more can fit in there it's got a massive power plant six million gallons of water a half million gallons of diesel fuel it's a small city that can completely and effectively be a doomsday headquarters if it's needed for the U. S. government and military because it's a quick with the most technologically advanced communications and defense systems in the world the only thing missing from that place is the son of the movement's WTOP national security correspondent JJ green new this evening on WTOP a report that at least seven National Park Service employees have tested positive for corona virus the report comes from The Washington Post the number does not include park workers who are not federal employees now the park service tells the post it's working with contractors and can session heirs to track reported cases of their employees of the park service's not also not saying where the seven infected employees work the park service's close more than a hundred sites because of the corona virus pandemic but more than three hundred sites remain open if you go to whole foods in the U. see fewer people working today it might be because of a day long strike over work conditions in the past the strike is being called the global singleton is encouraging whole foods workers to call out sick today their demands include guaranteed paid leave for workers who self quarantine instead of going to work reinstatement of health coverage for seasonal and part time workers in the immediate shutdown of locations where workers have tested positive with continued pay for employees a spokesperson for whole foods has responded saying in a.