Medical Readiness key to Lead-Wing deployment

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  • By Airman 1st Class Deanna Muir
  • 23rd WG Public Affairs

Attack-Rescue-Prevail – these three words define Moody’s mission and are vital to Air Force operations downrange. Without Rescue, Attack can’t happen and without the support function of Prevail, no one can be cleared to travel.

Air Combat Command has tasked the 23rd Wing to be Lead-Wing ready in October of 2022 and medically preparing Airmen for a Lead-Wing deployment is no small feat.

It’s no secret that Moody has been changing the way they employ their forces and as they prepare, the 23rd Medical Group plays an integral role in ensuring Airmen are medically ready.

“The priority is to be ready to go anywhere in the world if we’re called to do so,” said Col. Russ Cook, 23rd Wing commander. “To make that happen, we have to prepare over 700 people prior to the call which means now – from medical, equipment and Combat Arms Training and Maintenance and we’re on a good path. Moody Airmen have the anywhere-anytime mindset and truly understand the why and that’s why we’ll be Lead-Wing ready in October.”

In addition to sustaining normal operations, medical personnel are responsible for researching and briefing Airmen about country-specific hazards, medical threats and diseases in their deployed location.

“Downrange, your entire mission is the mission, so if you're not able to do your job downrange it has a very big impact,” said Staff Sgt. Jasmine McClellan, 23rd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron deployment medicine noncommissioned officer in charge.

According to McClellan, personnel need to be cleared by their primary care manager, dental, mental health, immunizations, and more, to be fit for duty.

To make the process as seamless as possible, the medical team created a new system designed to tackle the most time-consuming aspect of deployment operations.

“We found a way to create a blanket deployment template where no country specific requirements are necessary,” said McClellan. “We’re able to load them in the system and still clear them so the unit point of contact and unit deployment managers can see the progress.”

Unit deployment managers are tasked with ensuring their unit’s troops are ready for deployment. They are able to track progress of their Airmen through this system, and because they specialize in readiness issues, will assist if any problems arise.

“Because we’re trying to lean forward and get as many Airmen prepped as possible, we're going to load those people in as if they have a deployment once they're 60 days out,” said Master Sgt. Stephanie Spain, 23rd OMRS Public Health flight chief. “Once that happens, the military treatment facility really starts moving. They have to do all the record reviews for every single person. That's done by every single entity in this group, for 700 records.”

Solutions like this system allow Airmen to be ahead of schedule so when they are eventually tasked with a deployment, they only have country-specific requirements left to complete.

“I think we're leaning in the right direction as far as how to best clear these folks and decrease the amount of stress on the member,” Spain said. “Anything that we can do to help their process be a little bit smoother, is definitely a step in the right direction.”

The 23rd Wing MDG is working hard to make the process smoother and easier for everyone as Airmen prepare to head out the door to…Attack, Rescue, and Prevail.