The 124th Medical Group hosted a pre-deployment medical processing line
By Senior Airman Mercedee Wilds, 124th Fighter Wing
/ Published January 11, 2020
GOWEN FIELD, Idaho --
GOWEN FIELD, Idaho (January 11, 2020) – The 124th Medical Group hosted a pre-deployment medical processing line here, January 10-12, for Airmen of the 124th Fighter Wing who are scheduled to deploy in an upcoming rotation.
The 124th MDG expects to see over 400 Airmen through the course of the weekend. Each Airman will receive a cognitive brain function test, which helps to find the member’s baseline for potential traumatic brain injuries, an HIV blood draw, and multiple immunizations including polio, typhoid and the MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella.
“Members then go through a deployment health assessment for final screening to make sure they don’t have anything that would prohibit them from deploying,” said Tech. Sgt. Ashton Atkins of the 124th MDG, the public health NCO in charge.
The deploying Airmen will have a second screening while they are deployed, and a third screening when they inprocess back into the 124th FW.
The medical processing line took over five months of planning and involves over half of the 124th MDG personnel to execute a deployment of this size, said Atkins.
“We are doing out best to take care of everyone,” said Senior Airman Rebecca Bryant, a foreign medial technician with the 124th MDG. “The man-hours that go into sending members out shows we care about our people.”