On behalf of all the civilian and military journalists who have contributed to the quality and success of our base newspaper, I can only say to our readers, Thank you. It’s been an honor producing the Northwest Guardian for you.
The command focuses on the ability to deploy, fight, sustain and win at a moment’s notice every day.
We take our mission of training, not just doctors but Army doctors, to heart at Madigan, knowing that when our doctors are deployed, they need to provide excellent care without the benefit of a full-sized military treatment facility behind them.
We are members of a profession, we support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and we serve our countrymen and brothers in arms with honor and treat them with dignity and respect.
What is this great thing I’ve learned in the last 20 years? It’s one of the simplest things you could imagine — you get out of something what you put into it.
We must be ready to support our Army and the joint force in any environment; ready to adapt and apply our full spectrum of Army Medicine capabilities from injury to recovery; ready to identify and apply innovative technologies; and ready to strengthen the physical and psychological well-being of our Soldiers, Soldiers for life and their families.
CommentaryPublished: 02:09PM May 3rd, 2018
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Technology has revolutionized our lives and the Air Force. Our high-tech culture and military are capable of unprecedented effectiveness and agility. In many facets of our personal and professional lives, technology lets us communicate rapidly and accomplish a variety of tasks with minimal personal interaction.
CommentaryPublished: 03:21PM April 26th, 2018
Laptops, e-cigarettes, smart phones and hover boards — items that use lithium batteries for power — can create dangerous fire situations.
Throughout our history, the Air Force Reserve has always been there to answer the nation’s call. For 70 years, brave men and women have voluntarily left behind their families and jobs to serve their country with honor and courage.
Before hopping on that motorcycle, launching your boat, starting that grill or taking a family road-trip, please make sure that you consider safety precautions and have a PACE — Primary, Alternate, Contingency and Emergency — plan.
Like all things Army, readiness is about people. In evaluating our own performance, we’ve identified six key components to enhancing our personnel readiness.
With changes from the regional contractor to types of plans available to copays, one question many ask is why so many changes are happening at the same time.
CommentaryPublished: 02:05PM April 5th, 2018
315th Mission Support Group Commander
As the 7th Infantry Division continues to build and maintain readiness, we rest assured knowing our ability to get to the fight and the welfare of our families are in the capable hands of an equally-dedicated team of professionals.
Our nation is a superpower because we can go wherever we need to, whenever we need to, for as long as we need to. Other nations may be able to launch a missile, sail a ship or deploy some small force to other parts of the world, but no other nation on Earth has Mobility Forces like ours.
If you are a career, active-duty service member and approaching retirement, there are some important decisions that you will need to make regarding future health care coverage.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, long-time residents associate springing forward with looking forward to warmer temperatures; longer, sunnier days; and outside activities that don’t involve snow (sorry skiers and snowboarders).
Being a leader starts with serving your organization.
I was slapped, thrown in prison, hands tied behind my back, shot at, nearly drowned in a river, walked three days and three nights through the thick jungles of Cambodia and evaded Vietnamese troops, the Khmer Rouge, pirates, criminals, Thai security forces and avoiding more than 11 million landmines.
Sustainment is the backbone to readiness. Without deployable Soldiers and properly functioning equipment, units simply cannot train, let alone deploy, fight and win.
When service members of all colors and backgrounds enter the Brig. Gen. Guthrie Turner Jr. Building, they’ll pass by a plaque of General Turner — a constant reminder to all of his lifelong dedication to protect the health of the Army community.
Whatever challenge the world presents, we have to do everything possible to ensure our Airmen’s readiness.
When a C-17 lands on a far-flung airstrip or screams across a remote drop zone, our service members, allies and adversaries alike know that aircraft represents the strength and resolve of the United States.
Brigadier General George Appenzeller is Regional Health Command-Pacific’s new deputy commanding general. As the DCG, Appenzeller, and a staff of about 120 military and civilian personnel are responsible for ensuring our regional military treatment facilities are equipped to successfully execute their health care mission.
BY COL. NICOLE LUCAS
I will officially hand over the reins to a new commander Friday, and I’m confident in saying the Rainier Wing is postured for a positive future.
It’s been a busy year across I Corps and all of JBLM.
It took the better part of a 24-year career for me to even acknowledge the need for work-life balance — and I’m still learning.
But first I wanted to re-emphasize why we’re switching over to MHS GENESIS to begin with — using a single health care record across the DOD (that can be digitally shared with the Department of Veterans Affairs), as opposed to the multiple systems that military providers currently use, creates a more accurate and more complete health record with less chance for medical errors.