114th Medical Group works alongside Army medical personnel

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  • By Staff Sgt. Duane Duimstra
  • 114th Fighter Wing

114th Medical Group Airmen deployed to Hawaii to work alongside active duty Army medical personnel at Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) and Schofield Barracks Health Clinic, Honolulu, HI from Jan. 6 - 21.   The mission there is the care of military members and their families stationed in Hawaii.


TAMC supports 264,000 local active duty and retired military members, as well 171,000 military personnel, family members, and veterans from American Samoa, Guam, and the former Trust Territories, as well as forward-deployed forces in more than 40 countries throughout the Pacific.


Schofield Barracks Health Clinic has the second largest number of enrollees in the Regional Health Command-Pacific (RHC-P), while supporting its community by providing holistic health care across 10 service lines with 40 different clinics.


The two week deployment allowed the 114th Medical Group Airmen to obtain Readiness Skills Verification (RSV) training in preparation for a Reserve Component Activation and to acquire medical readiness training.  Approximately 15 Airmen from the group worked at TAMC and Schofield Barracks.


“Working at both locations provides our Airmen real world experience that would not be accomplished during unit training assemblies or a home station camp.” said Lt. Col. Doria Hirsch, 114th Medical Group clinical nurse and acting commander for the Hawaii training deployment.


Airmen worked in several areas of the hospital such as family practice, optometry, surgery, and the emergency room. 


“Working in these areas allowed our Airmen to apply their clinical skills to a much larger scale of medical operations.” said Hirsch.


114th Medical Group Airmen not only honed their skills but they also learned and shared their knowledge with their Army active duty counterparts during their time at TAMC and Schofield Barracks.  Working alongside their active duty counterparts establishes useful joint service networking relationships.  Working alongside these members engages Airmen and gives them a good perspective as to where they fit in as members of the total force.


“The trip was an invaluable training and working experience for all of us. We were awarded the opportunity to give back to local military community while working alongside our brothers and sisters in other service branches.” said Chief Master Sgt. Brandi Bethke, 114th Medical Group superintendent.