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Veteran's Day...a little late

It looks like I'm running a little behind with this post. Better late than never...right?

As some of you may or may not know, I am a Traditional Reservist (1 weekend a month, 2 weeks a year) for the 310th Space Wing. We have the special distinction of being the only Reserve Space Wing in the Air Force. "[The 310th] provides specialized expertise, continuity and combat ready personnel, projecting space power for U.S. interests worldwide." Our wing has a presence at Buckley, Peterson, and Schriever Air Force bases here in Colorado and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It the job of our medical unit (310th AMDF) to travel to these different locations to manage the Wing's medical and dental readiness.

Dental team gas masks

Team Dental: Lieutenant Colonel Kerri Font, Major Nysse, Me

This summer the 310th AMDF had the opportunity to do some readiness training including qualifying on the M4. This entailed putting on our "chem" gear, gas masks, and kevlar vests and helmets. It gets pretty hot in those suits, especially in the summer,but we had a good time. The best part about the arms training was getting to spend time at the beautiful Air Force Academy. The picturesque beauty of the entire base is really a "must see" if ever you have the opportunity.

Arms Training Dentists

Team Dental: Myself, Lana Nysse, Kerri Font....TSgt Hondray Simmons-professional photo bomber

I really am very thankful for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. In my years in Active Duty and now in the Reserves, I have had the opportunity to provide dental service to these wonderful people and it has been one of the great honors of my life. We live in an incredible country and I feel it particularly this time of year as I reflect on my many blessings. I am thankful for the freedom and goodness of this great nation. I'm thankful to the great people of our military to work and fight to protect and defend it. Merry Christmas to all!!

310th AMDF. If ever the Air Force needs this unit manning anything other than stethoscopes and drills, we are in trouble.

Here is a link to an article written in the publication 5280 that describes some of the amazing work that is done by the military personnel at Schriever AFB, the home of the 310 Space Wing.

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