News: Airman supports medical exercises in Belize
Story by Tech. Sgt. Kali Gradishar
CHUNOX, Belize - There are many pieces to bring together when a group of people deploys outside of the U.S., and each person plays an integral part in ensuring that group's mission is accomplished.
Tech. Sgt. Randy Dozier, a biomedical equipment specialist, is playing a key role in ensuring the New Horizons Belize 2014 mission is fulfilled.
New Horizons is an annual event coordinated amongst U.S. Department of Defense service members, the U.S. Embassy and the host nation government to conduct civil engineer and medical training. The training benefits U.S. forces as they are offered an opportunity to practice deployment and joint training procedures.
During New Horizons, Dozier, a native of Dayton, Ohio, is responsible for providing equipment support for medical service members by setting up, calibrating and maintaining medical equipment, as well as providing training on the appropriate use of that equipment.
With nine years of experience, Dozier has also deployed to Afghanistan and an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. With each deployment, though, comes new encounters and challenges to conquer.
"It's a new experience and an opportunity to work with local hospitals," said Dozier.
During New Horizons, Belizean and U.S. military medical professionals will work together to provide medical care to the Belizeans during medical readiness training exercises, or MEDRETES. During the MEDRETES, medical professionals from each country will learn from one another and share best medical practices as they offer dental, medical and veterinarian care.
Dozier will be available to ensure all U.S. equipment runs well during the MEDRETES.
The best thing about the MEDRETES and the preparation involved is the change in perspective, Dozier said. "I will have more of an appreciation for resourcefulness and thinking outside the box."
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