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    Joint IRT Mission Opens Temporary, No-cost Healthcare Clinic

    Joint IRT Mission Opens Temporary, No-cost Healthcare Clinic

    Photo By Senior Airman Sarah McClanahan | Air Force Senior Airman Alyssa Smith, a medical technician or the DAEOC Tri-State...... read more read more



    Story by Senior Airman Sarah McClanahan 

    175th WG - Maryland Air National Guard

    More than 50 service members from active and reserve components of the Air Force and Navy arrived to Barlow, Ky. in support of the Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation Tri-State Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) 2019 mission June 13, 2019, to kick-off the opening of a temporary, no-cost healthcare clinic. Service members will engage in medical and support personnel readiness training to gain “hands-on” experience operating in an environment simulating deployed conditions.
    Starting June 14 and running through June 22, the clinic set up inside Ballard Memorial High School in Barlow, Ky. will offer medical, dental and vision services to all members of the public at no cost. The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with the exception of Sunday June 16. Extended hours until 7 p.m. will also be offered on June 18 and 20.
    “The services provided through this IRT mission benefit the community by giving them a chance to get care without having insurance,” said Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Kendall Stipsak, a medical admin assigned to the 175th Medical Group. “The closest hospital is 30 minutes away so having these services gives people the opportunity to receive healthcare they may not have had for a long time.”
    In addition to providing critical medical services to local communities, this IRT mission provides invaluable training experience for service members to hone their skills with actual patients and in a real community. Training in these types of conditions allows military personnel to encounter healthcare issues they may not otherwise encounter at their regular duty station.
    “We are warfighters first,” said Navy Reserve Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Money, a hospital corpsman assigned to the Operational Health Support Unit Bremerton. “But, missions like this remind us of our ‘why’ by allowing us to train in real time and give back to the community.”



    Date Taken: 06.14.2019
    Date Posted: 06.14.2019 19:57
    Story ID: 327642
    Location: BARLOW, KY, US 

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    Joint IRT Mission Opens Temporary, No-cost Healthcare Clinic