Arctic Care 2017 completed

Arctic Care 2017 completed

Arctic Care 2017 completed

ARCTIC CARE 2017 took place from March 28 through April 6 with temporary clinics in the City of Kodiak and surrounding villages providing various medical and veterinary services to underserved community members at no cost. The event was a joint effort sponsored by the Office of Secretary of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training (IRT), led by the Air Force Reserve Command, and in partnership with the Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA).

The exercise provided training opportunities for U.S. military and Canadian Health service members to prepare for worldwide deployment while supporting the medical needs of Kodiak’s communities.

“Training is a very important mission here,” said Navy Reservist Lt. Cmdr. Donna Meador, Officer in Charge of the Kodiak Clinic. “We are training with other service members to include Army, Air Force, and Navy. I’m really impressed with the teamwork. Everybody has come together, and it’s like we’ve been working together for years and years, everybody jumped right in,”

Efficient teamwork is a crucial element of all military operations; ARCTIC CARE 2017 was treated as a real-time operation with a very short turnaround for setting up a variety of clinics.

Another important aspect of this exercise was setting up and using the medical equipment that all the services deploy with.

“One of the biggest benefits is for our enlisted and officers to be able to put their hands on the equipment that we are going to use when we are deployed,” said Navy Reservist Cmdr. Darryl Simms, Subject Matter Expert for dental services at ARCTIC CARE 2017. “They have to break it down and set it up. Also, they have to use equipment that they normally don’t use.”

Medical and veterinary services were provided in Ouzinkie, Port Lions, Old Harbor, Akhiok and the City of Kodiak. Teams were unable to provide services in Larsen Bay and Karluk due to inclement weather conditions. Among the medical screenings were optometry, dentistry, physical therapy, and veterinary services. A pharmacy was available, as well as the on-site production of eyeglass prescriptions.

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A Texas Air National Guard C-130H Hercules aircraft taxies down the flight line at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska on March 26, 2017 delivering Airmen, medical supplies, and equipment for ARTICE CARE 2017. ARCTIC CARE 2017 is an Office of Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (OSD/RA) sponsored, Air Force Reserve led, multi-service/component training event coordinated with Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) and civil authorities in Kodiak, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Master Sgt. Luke Johnson)

Reserve and Guard Airmen arrive at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska on March 26, 2017 to take part in ARCTIC CARE 2017.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Luke Johnson)

Service members participating in ARCTIC CARE 2017 received electronic health record training in preparation for patient care on March 27, 2017 in Kodiak, Alaska. ARCTIC CARE 2017 provides training opportunities for U.S. military (Active, Guard, Reserve) and Canadian Health service members to prepare for worldwide deployment while supporting the needs of underserved communities on Kodiak Island, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photos by Master Sgt. Luke Johnson)

Specialist Ha Nolte an Army Veterinarian Technician injects a vaccination into a dog on March 28, 2017, which was the start of medical and veterinarian services provided during ARCTIC CARE 2017 medical readiness training in Kodiak, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke Johnson)

Senior Airman Lauren Scheonore with the 147th Medical Group Texas Air National Guard and SSgt. Keith Wuetig with the 434th Aerospace Medical Squadron train on how to properly use a retinal scanner before seeing patients during ARCTIC CARE 2017, March 27, 2017, Kodiak, Alaska. (U.S. Force Photo by Master Sgt. Luke Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Anna Maria Cruz, a nurse assigned to the 624th Aerospace Medical Squadron takes the blood pressure of a patient during ARCTIC CARE 2017 medical readiness exercise on the first day of patient care, March 28, 2017, Kodiak, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke Johnson)

Lt. Col. Mark Davis with the 147th Medical Group adjusts a manual phoropter in order to find the correct prescription lenses for a patient during ARCTIC CARE 2017, March 28, 2017, Kodiak, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke Johnson)

Lt. Col. Brad Bradbury with the 147th Medical Group performs a dental examination on the first day of patient care during ARCTIC CARE 2017 medical readiness training, March 28, 2017, Kodiak, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke Johnson)