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    228th Combat Support Hospital Incoming Soldier

    228th Medical Combat Hospital Incoming Soldier

    Photo By Spc. Sara Rios | Ogden, UT- SPC Shifali Westpfahl, a US Army Reserve surgical technician soldier, has...... read more read more



    Story by Spc. Sara Rios 

    228th Medical Combat Hospital Forward Detachment 2

    Ogden, UT- SPC Shifali Westpfahl, a US Army Reserve surgical technician soldier, has recently joined the 228th Combat Support Hospital located in Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.

    It has been a year since she joined Bravo Company, and she has yet to attend a battle training assembly. As a soldier living in Boston, MA she lives more than 400 miles from the unit and has not been able to attend battle assembly because of COVID capacity regulations. SPC Westpfhal enlisted in the US Army Reserves in 2017 and was supported by Raman, her mother, and Karan her brother.

    “I wanted to take advantage of the benefits the military has to offer, the ability to travel, and expand on experiences.”

    The 228th Combat Support Hospital has many upcoming missions to help support the unit efficiency and readiness. SPC Westpfhal has volunteered to attend the Unit Public Affairs Representative training in Ogden, Utah and the inventory mission in San Antonio, Texas. Many lessons from military experiences can be applied to the civilian world.

    “The biggest lesson I have learned from the military, is the importance of working as a team. I have applied these skills and techniques to my civilian life and will continue to do so.”

    Many Reserve soldiers will hold Military Occupational Specialties that they also use on the civilian side. SPC Westpfahl is a surgical technician soldier, and just completed her Surgical Technology Certification with the National Center for Competency Training.

    “I worked on my certification for two years, the course was very rigorous, and I am really proud that I recently finished it.”

    While some soldiers have varying positions that do not relate to their Military Occupational Specialties, it is seamless to apply military skills to civilian jobs. Discipline, communication, and teamwork are just a few that can be applied. SPC Westpfhal looks forward to continuing her military career with the 228th Combat Support Hospital and expanding her knowledge as a surgical technician.



    Date Taken: 03.18.2021
    Date Posted: 03.18.2021 16:07
    Story ID: 391764
    Location: SAN ANTONIO, TX, US 
    Hometown: BOSTON, MA, US

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