High school students learn 'medicinal air power'

22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Story by Airman 1st Class Victor J. Caputo

Date: 11.29.2012
Posted: 11.30.2012 14:42
News ID: 98566
High school students learn 'medicinal air power'

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. - Ten students from the local McPherson High School visited the 22nd Medical Group for a tour of the facilities and a chance to speak to airmen about the decisions made leading up to their current career path Nov. 28, 2012.<br /> <br /> The students were able to experience firsthand many of the jobs they can to pursue after high school, including dental work, physical therapy and laboratory work.<br /> <br /> "I'm really interested in doing radiology, so seeing (the) radiology department was really cool," said Adam Winkler, McPherson High School student.<br /> <br /> During the course of the tour, the students spoke with medical personnel ranging from airmen who have been on-station for less than a year to officers with almost 30 years of experience. <br /> <br /> "I love getting to show off my job to those who are interested," said Tech. Sgt. Jean Epperson, 22nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron Flight Medicine NCO in charge. "I think that a lot of people assume that the military way of doing medical care is radically different than in the civilian sector when in all actuality it is very similar."<br /> <br /> Tours like this are meant to promote face-to-face connections between the community and Team McConnell.<br /> <br /> One topic that was continually mentioned by every group that spoke to the students was education and how to obtain it.<br /> <br /> "It's great how they told all of the kids about the benefits of an advanced education," said Andrea Clark, McPherson High School health-science teacher. "They showed us all the different ways you can get a degree."<br /> <br /> Although the training for the military medical career field is often long and strenuous, it can have a gratifying payoff.<br /> <br /> "The medical career field is a very rewarding job," said Epperson. "You can honestly change peoples' lives on a daily basis."<br /> <br /> For more information on the 22nd ARW and 22nd MDG, visit www.mcconnell.af.mil.