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Health care Heroes: Whiteman AFB celebrates AFGSC Medical Professionals Appreciation Day

Four T-38 Talons, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing flew over the 509th Medical Group clinic to honor the health care professionals for Air Force Global Strike Command’s Medical Professionals Appreciation Day at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Dec. 18, 2020. The flyover served as part of an effort to thank the 509th MDG staff for their hard work over the past year in the fight against COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Salazar)

Four T-38 Talons, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing flew over the 509th Medical Group clinic to honor the health care professionals for Air Force Global Strike Command’s Medical Professionals Appreciation Day at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Dec. 18, 2020. The flyover served as part of an effort to thank the 509th MDG staff for their hard work over the past year in the fight against COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Salazar)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Schreiner, 509th Bomb Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Hodges, 509th BW command chief, speaks to 509th Medical Group personnel during Air Force Global Strike Command’s Medical Professionals Appreciation Day at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Dec. 18, 2020. Over the past year, the 509th MDG implemented changes and precautions for WAFB to stay safe during the pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Carter)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Schreiner, 509th Bomb Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Hodges, 509th BW command chief, speaks to 509th Medical Group personnel during Air Force Global Strike Command’s Medical Professionals Appreciation Day at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Dec. 18, 2020. Over the past year, the 509th MDG implemented changes and precautions for WAFB to stay safe during the pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Carter)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jason Hodges, 509th command chief, thanks Airman Haley Moore, 509th Medical Group public health technician, for her hard work this past year at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Dec. 18, 2020. The 509th MDG created innovative ways to stay safe and healthy, in adherence to COVID-19 restrictions, from curbside pharmacy delivery to telehealth services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Carter)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jason Hodges, 509th command chief, thanks Airman Haley Moore, 509th Medical Group public health technician, for her hard work this past year at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Dec. 18, 2020. The 509th MDG created innovative ways to stay safe and healthy, in adherence to COVID-19 restrictions, from curbside pharmacy delivery to telehealth services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Carter)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Schreiner, 509th Bomb Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Hodges, 509th BW command chief, speaks with Lt. Col. Stephanie Forsythe, 509th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron commander, about the 509th Medical Group Airmen’s hard work this past year at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Dec. 18, 2020. The 509th MDG Airmen provided trusted medical support, community health and wellness and developed and sustained mission-ready medics to support combatant and joint force commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Carter)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Schreiner, 509th Bomb Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Hodges, 509th BW command chief, speaks with Lt. Col. Stephanie Forsythe, 509th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron commander, about the 509th Medical Group Airmen’s hard work this past year at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Dec. 18, 2020. The 509th MDG Airmen provided trusted medical support, community health and wellness and developed and sustained mission-ready medics to support combatant and joint force commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Carter)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. --

For the past ten months, the 509th Medical Group has been working hard to meet the challenges brought on by a global pandemic. 

 

In recognition of the hard work and dedication of all medical professionals, U.S. Air Force Gen. Tim Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, proclaimed Dec. 18, 2020, as AFGSC Medical Professionals Appreciation Day. 

 

“Thank you to all Whiteman Medical Professionals for your tireless efforts in keeping us safe and healthy,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Schreiner, 509th Bomb Wing commander. “Our mission continues because of you. No health, no stealth!”

 

To show appreciation for the medical team, 509th BW leadership visited the 509th MDG clinic to speak with Airmen and hand out hot chocolate and donuts while wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Afterwards, four T-38 Talons, assigned to the 13th Bomb Squadron flew over the clinic. 

 

According to U.S. Air Force Col. Mark Reynolds, 509th MDG commander, Team Whiteman’s medical professionals overcame the challenges over the past year through teamwork, resiliency and innovation. 

 

“We’ve come together, leading efforts to obtain medical supplies, modify traditional processes, all while continuing to provide safe and exceptional healthcare in the face of a pandemic,” added Reynolds.    

 

Over the past year, the medical group implemented a curb-side pharmacy delivery, a telehealth service and a 24/7 hotline to answer questions regarding the coronavirus.

 

While establishing new programs was vital to limiting the spread of COVID at Whiteman AFB, the 509th MDG also prioritized communication with Airmen and their families.

 

“Ensuring patients understand their health is important to us as medical professionals and it should be important to our patients as well,” said Reynolds.  “Communication is ultimately a two-way street between medical professionals and patients, and that should be clearly understood by both parties.”

 

Communication did not stop on base. The 509th MDG, also worked hand-in-hand with the Johnson County Task Force to not only ensure the safety of Team Whiteman, but the local community as well.

 

By working together as a team, the 509th MDG created many ways to help flatten the curve and protect Team Whiteman.

 

“We have less than 300 total staff members in the medical group and everyone is willing to step up in assisting those in other work centers,” said Reynolds. “Rank or job title doesn’t matter, our focus is on the challenge at hand and succeeding as one team, which feels like being part of a family.”

 

Whiteman AFB’s medical professionals continue to work hard to ensure  Airmen and their families feel safe and are able to continue the mission without interruption.