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Reserve medical flight to set up shop at hospital

Maj. Lance Kim, a general dentist assigned to the 926th Aerospace Medicine Flight, answers questions with Maj. Russell Brown, 15th Reconnaissance Squadron assistant director of operations. The 926th Group is an Air Force Reserve unit under the 10th Air Force, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas. The group is located at Nellis AFB as an associate unit to the United States Air Force Warfare Center. Through Total Force Integration, reservists are integrated into regular Air Force units, accomplishing the USAFWC's mission alongside REGAF personnel on a daily basis.
(U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr.)

Maj. Lance Kim, a general dentist assigned to the 926th Aerospace Medicine Flight, answers questions with Maj. Russell Brown, 15th Reconnaissance Squadron assistant director of operations. The 926th Group is an Air Force Reserve unit under the 10th Air Force, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas. The group is located at Nellis AFB as an associate unit to the United States Air Force Warfare Center. Through Total Force Integration, reservists are integrated into regular Air Force units, accomplishing the USAFWC's mission alongside REGAF personnel on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr.)

Maj. Lance Kim, a general dentist assigned to the 926th Aerospace Medicine Flight, conducts a routine dental exam on Technical Sgt. Susan O'Neal, 926th Mission Support Squadron logistics planner Aug. 22, 2008 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 926th Group is an Air Force Reserve unit under the 10th Air Force, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas. The group is located at Nellis AFB as an associate unit to the United States Air Force Warfare Center. Through Total Force Integration, reservists are integrated into regular Air Force units, accomplishing the USAFWC's mission alongside REGAF personnel on a daily basis.
(U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr.)

Maj. Lance Kim, a general dentist assigned to the 926th Aerospace Medicine Flight, conducts a routine dental exam on Technical Sgt. Susan O'Neal, 926th Mission Support Squadron logistics planner Aug. 22, 2008 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 926th Group is an Air Force Reserve unit under the 10th Air Force, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas. The group is located at Nellis AFB as an associate unit to the United States Air Force Warfare Center. Through Total Force Integration, reservists are integrated into regular Air Force units, accomplishing the USAFWC's mission alongside REGAF personnel on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr.)

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.