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Medical Airmen Enhance Total Force with Joint Training

U.S Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ben Axman, 184th Medical Group aerospace medical technician, assigned to McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., practices medical procedures with Tech. Sgt. Robert Bell, 184th Medical Group medical technician, at RAF Alconbury, England, April 16, 2019. The 184th MDG worked closely with medical units at RAF Alconbury, RAF Croughton and RAF Lakenheath to improve total force medical capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Zima)

U.S Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ben Axman, 184th Medical Group aerospace medical technician, assigned to McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., practices medical procedures with Tech. Sgt. Robert Bell, 184th Medical Group medical technician, at RAF Alconbury, England, April 16, 2019. The 184th MDG worked closely with medical units at RAF Alconbury, RAF Croughton and RAF Lakenheath to improve total force medical capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Zima)

U.S Air Force Maj. Richard Nold, 184th Medical Group clinical nurse, assigned to McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., practices medical procedures with Capt. Jennifer Andrews, 423rd Medical Squadron clinical nurse, at RAF Alconbury, England, April 16, 2019. The 184th MDG worked closely with medical units at RAF Alconbury, RAF Croughton and RAF Lakenheath to improve total force medical capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Zima)

U.S Air Force Maj. Richard Nold, 184th Medical Group clinical nurse, assigned to McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., practices medical procedures with Capt. Jennifer Andrews, 423rd Medical Squadron clinical nurse, at RAF Alconbury, England, April 16, 2019. The 184th MDG worked closely with medical units at RAF Alconbury, RAF Croughton and RAF Lakenheath to improve total force medical capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Zima)

U.S Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ben Axman, 184th Medical Group aerospace medical technician, assigned to McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., practices medical procedures at RAF Alconbury, England, April 16, 2019. The 184th MDG worked closely with medical units at RAF Alconbury, RAF Croughton and RAF Lakenheath to improve total force medical capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Zima)

U.S Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ben Axman, 184th Medical Group aerospace medical technician, assigned to McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., practices medical procedures at RAF Alconbury, England, April 16, 2019. The 184th MDG worked closely with medical units at RAF Alconbury, RAF Croughton and RAF Lakenheath to improve total force medical capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Zima)

RAF ALCONBURY, England --

Medical professionals from the 184th Medical Group Kansas Air National Guard and 48th Medical Operations Squadron enhanced their total force capabilities by training with the Airmen assigned to the 423rd Medical Squadron at RAF Alconbury and 422nd Medical Squadron at RAF Croughton, over the past two weeks. During this integration and professional development, the medical teams assisted in patient care and shared their own personal field experiences with one another.

“It’s a chance to come in and work alongside our active duty counterparts, and learn that side of things,” said Master Sgt. Brett Piene, 184th MDG nursing services superintendent, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.

Maj. Lisa Donavan, 48th MDOS nurse manager of family health clinic, highlighted this,

“They’re all providers in the civilian world, so they’re able to bring in their expertise and experience, and apply it to our military population. It was tremendously helpful.”

This type of training allows members of the Air National Guard unit to experience a variety of medical scenarios and patient care, said Master Sgt. Jessica Scherette, 423rd MDS medical squadron superintendent.

While at RAF Alconbury, the 184th MDG focused on learning patient care techniques from the 423rd MDS. They also took the opportunity to inform the base medical group on how different procedures are done in CONUS locations in the guard world.

“We had a dentists who was performing dental care, and a dental technician who was assisting,” said Scherette. “Their goal is to come out and give hands-on care.”

By the end of their time together these medical professionals received a skill refreshers, hands-on patient care, and certification, but also enhanced their interoperability capabilities as a medical force.