419th MDS takes training to Pacific

More than 50 reservists from Hill Air Force Base’s 419th Medical Squadron completed two weeks of annual training at military installations across Oahu, Hawaii. The women and men took time away from their civilian careers to assist as medical, dental, optometry, and lab technicians augmenting three medical facilities that serve almost 40,000 military members and their families from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

Working alongside medical professionals from other branches, the Utah reservists completed more than 80 percent of their required annual skills. The Airmen worked in wards and sections that gave them a broad spectrum of unique experiences, such as administering chemotherapy to veterans, practicing field medic techniques, and working in an emergency room. One Airman helped with the birth of nearly 50 babies, including two sets of twins.

In addition to serving one weekend a month, Citizen Airmen also complete two weeks of intensive training each year to ensure they are ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.