Fort Rucker, Alabama Becomes First Base to Force Vaccination Status Proof

Alabama’s Fort Rucker will now allow leaders to check vaccination status of those in uniform, making it the first base in the country to do so.  

As reported on, in a video posted to Facebook, Commanding General David Francis and Branch Command Sergeant Major James Wilson announced service members not wearing a mask must show proof of vaccination while on duty. 

The order went into effect on July 13. 

“COVID-19 is still with us and in some cases it’s getting worse,” Wilson said in the video. “We’re here to ask you again to follow COVID-19 mitigation measures. If you’re not vaccinated, wear your mask, wash your hands and social distance.” 

“Due to the rising rates in the countries around us and some on Fort Rucker, we are now implementing GO number 12,” Francis said. 

“The big difference is gonna be that if you are not wearing a mask, the leadership will be able to ask you as soldiers to prove that they’ve been vaccinated by showing their vaccination card,” he added. “This measure is very important so that we can nip this in the bud and continue to protect our mission, protect our people, and protect the local communities.”