Reserve medical flight to set up shop at hospital
By Capt Jessica Martin, 926th Group public affairs
/ Published September 16, 2008
Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. -- The Air Force Reserve's 926th Aerospace Medicine Flight will provide unparalled healthcare service to both its Reserve members and regular Air Force counterparts at the Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital beginning January 2009.
This flight was established to meet the increasing healthcare needs of the Reservist surge, while alleviating the 99th Medical Group's increased workload.
As the Reserve population on Nellis increases to help fight the Global War on Terror, its needs, such as healthcare, have also increased.
The 99th MDG provides facilities to the 926th AMDF, and in return, the Reserve flight provides available manpower to help treat regular Air Force members.
"The 99th Medical Group has welcomed us with open arms," said Lt. Col. Judith Patton, 926th AMDF commander. "It's a premier organization that we're proud to be a part of.
"Our mission is to keep folks healthy and ready to deploy, and we're excited to get started."
In preparation to roll-out all of its services, which include dental, optometry, drug testing, immunizations and physical health assessments, the flight has been focusing on a different specialty each month.
In August, dental personnel conducted exams and x-rays on a handful of reservists to ensure all the processes were ready to go on a large-scale basis come the new year. To help ease the transition into the clinic, several dental technicians from the 99th Dental Squadron lent a hand.
"We're happy to have the 926th AMDF's dental personnel here," said Col. Marcus Beyerle, 99th DS commander. "I know that as reservists they bring many years of military experience as well as dental skills to the clinic."
Adding to its skill set, the 926th AMDF is currently hiring to fill its 24 authorized slots. When fully-manned, the staff will include dentists, dental technicians, flight surgeons, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical technicians and administrative technicians. For more information on available positions, contact 926th GP public affairs at 652-5245.