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Airman 1st Class Caroline Karaverdian, 9th Medical Group outpatient technician, files a folder in the patient health record department at the clinic at Beale Air Force Base, California, Feb. 4, 2020. On June 20 the 9th MDG will be going all-digital by transitioning to a new electronic health record called Military Health System GENESIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Department of Defense Military Health System GENESIS logo (Courtesy Graphic)
Senior Airman Jennifer Carrier, assigned to the 319th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Detachment 1 as the unit deployment manager, stands in front of a Globalhawk on Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 31, 2020. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Jason W. Cochran)
Airman 1st Class Joshua Chatman, 9th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment specialist, places a strain relief cord back into an oxygen mask hose after cleaning it out, Jan. 22, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. To ensure oxygen masks are properly functioning, aircrew flight equipment specialists inspect them every 30 days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
Airman 1st Class Maggie Breedlove, 9th Operations Support aircrew flight equipment specialist, measures and cuts Velcro pieces that will be placed in the inside of a flyers lightweight helmet, Jan. 22, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. These pieces of Velcro will attach an energy absorbing liner to the helmet. The purpose of an energy absorbing liner is to reduce impact energy to the head of a pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
Wrenches lie in an aircraft mechanic’s toolbox at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. Mechanics are vital to ensuring the readiness of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing’s intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance flying operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Wesley Dietrich, 9th Maintenance Operation Squadron aircraft mechanic, runs an air speed test on a T-38 Talon at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. A group of civilian contractors prepare T-38s for their daily flying schedules by refueling and inspecting the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Wesley Dietrich, 9th Maintenance Operation Squadron aircraft mechanic, looks into a T-38 Talon cockpit during an air speed test at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. This test measures the aircraft’s speed with a static tube system, which can determine the speed of the air flowing around the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Wesley Dietrich, 9th Maintenance Operation Squadron aircraft mechanic, clicks a switch on a pressure-temperature test device at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. The T-38s are part of the Companion Trainer Program for U-2 Dragon Lady pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Wesley Dietrich, 9th Maintenance Operation Squadron aircraft mechanic, looks into a T-38 Talon cockpit at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. The T-38 is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its ease of maintenance, elevated performance, and exceptional safety record. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)

Chief's Corner

I am an American Airman

Too often I hear the statement, “The Air Force has no tradition…certainly not like the other services.” Or there’s the comment, “The Air Force changes everything all the time.  New uniforms, AFI’s, etc….how can we expect to maintain any heritage or tradition?”
I submit there is one decisive, deliberate, and motivating action each of us can take.  No matter the position you hold, the grade you wear, or if you are active duty, guard, reserve, retired, every single one of us can implement this small, yet powerful change today.  The change refers to a facet of our current culture.
Malcolm Gladwell speaks about culture change in his book, ‘Tipping Point’.  In his book, the author posits that even the smallest adjustments to habits, routines, or attitudes can have a significant impact on the culture or perception of an organization, population, or product.
Therefore, I challenge everyone to stop referring to members of our Air Force as ‘TROOPS’. 
According to Merriam-Webster, the primary definition of the word troop is:
a. A group of soldiers
b. A cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company
c. A flock of mammals or birds
I understand a definition is literal, however, there are two problems with the way we throw this term around to refer to our Airmen.  First, the word troop is actually plural…referring to a group of soldiers.  Lastly, and most poignantly, the word troop is actually rooted in a tradition and heritage of another service.  And before we start the “But Chief, we were born out of the Army” conversation, I would ask you to consider a few points. 
We were born out of the Army for a reason.  We fulfill several needs that no other organization can: to keep up with advancing technology and to take warfighting to an entirely different level, both geographically and mentally.  The Army and Navy were long-time competitors for military leadership and neither service thought that the other should take on the new tasks of strategic deterrence missions associated with the advent of the atomic bomb.  This, along with many other great reasons, is why our Air Force, and our AIRMEN were created.
Think about it.  The United States Air Force was created for some of the most sophisticated warfare challenges of the time. 
So, let’s continue the tradition born in 1947 and call each other what we truly are.  Please, call me Airman.

Chief Hall

 

 

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Biomedical Sciences Corps Appreciation Week, January 27-31 2020

Senior Airman Christopher Miracle, 9th Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometry technician, pre-screens a patient prior to an eye examination Jan. 23, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jenell Brown)

Senior Airman Christopher Miracle, 9th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron optometry technician, pre-screens a patient prior to an eye examination Jan. 23, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. These professionals are responsible for examining and testing people’s eyes for visual acuity and eye diseases. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jenell Brown)

Airman 1st Class Syndi Breitenbach, 9th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental technician (left), and 2nd Lt. Rebecca Smith, 9th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Deputy Flight Commander of Bioenvironmental Engineering, conduct HazMat ID training Jan. 24, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jenell Brown)

Airman 1st Class Syndi Breitenbach, 9th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron Bioenvironmental technician (left), and 2nd Lt. Rebecca Smith, 9th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron Deputy Flight Commander of Bioenvironmental Engineering, conduct HazMat ID training Jan. 24, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jenell Brown)

Senior Airman Christopher Miracle, 9th Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometry technician, pre-screens a patient prior to an eye examination Jan. 23, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jenell Brown)

Senior Airman Christopher Miracle, 9th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron optometry technician, pre-screens a patient prior to an eye examination Jan. 23, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. These professionals are responsible for examining and testing people’s eyes for visual acuity and eye diseases. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jenell Brown)

2nd Lt. Rebecca Smith, 9th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Deputy Flight Commander of Bioenvironmental Engineering, removes her mask after conducting HazMat ID training Jan. 24, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California (Courtesy U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jenell Brown)

2nd Lt. Rebecca Smith, 9th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron Deputy Flight Commander of Bioenvironmental Engineering, removes her mask after conducting HazMat ID training Jan. 24, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. A bioenvironmental technician's focus is to reduce health hazards in the work place and the surrounding areas. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jenell Brown)

With roots dating back to the Army Sanitary Corps in 1917, the Biomedical Sciences Corps (BSC) was established within the Air Force Medical Service in 1965 to help provide oversight of the scientific and engineering elements of medical care. 

 

Consisting of 14 distinct specialties, today the BSC is the most diverse corps within the Air Force Medical Service and provides full spectrum allied health support to optimize the health and readiness of human warfighter and their families. On Beale AFB there are medically-trained professionals from ten of the BSC career fields to include: Physical Therapy, Optometry, Physician Assistants, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Social Work, Public Health, Bioenvironmental Engineering, Pharmacy, Laboratory, and Aerospace Physiology. Not only can we be found providing trusted care within the 9th Medical Group, but we are active around Beale AFB conducting a variety of duties to include inspecting food facilities, conducting drinking water sampling, and suiting up pilots for U-2 operations.

 

We are proud to be part of such diverse group that supports the Air Force mission in such a unique way. Please join the 9th Medical Group in celebrating the Biomedical Science Corps’ contributions to the Recce mission!

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