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Air Force Biomedical Science Corps celebrates 53rd anniversary

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Ann Henderson)

The U.S. Air Force recognizes the achievements and diversity of the men and women of the Biomedical Sciences Corps during BSC Appreciation Week. Maj. John J. Kim, 36th Medical Operations Squadron staff optometrist, is here to help Airmen and their families meet their occupational, school, and readiness visual needs by offering adult and pediatric comprehensive eye exams, eye disease screening and management, PRK/LASIK pre and post-operative care, and standard issue eyewear, gas mask and ballistic eyewear inserts. "One of the greatest joys as part of an eye care team is having a parent share their child's remarkable visual and academic improvement with their new spectacle prescription," Kim says. "Those moments are what we love about optometry!"(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Ann Henderson)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Ann Henderson)

Physician assistants are licensed to work under the direction of physicians or surgeons. The Airmen who work as physician assistants are key members of Air Force healthcare teams all over the world by conducting physical exams to assisting on surgical procedures. Capt. Shunrie Geldore, 36th Medical Operation Squadron physician assistant, is highlighted as one of the many men and women of the Biomedical Science Corps. Biomedical Science Corps recognition week is recognized this week across the Air Force. "Personally, I love helping people towards their journey to be healthy and fit," Geldore said. "It is also satisfying that I get to help them transform, from recovering from illness or injury, to meeting their goal of passing a fitness test." (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Ann Henderson)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Ann Henderson)

From Jan. 22 - 26, the U.S. Air Force recognizes the achievements and diversity of the men and women of the Biomedical Sciences Corps during the BSC Appreciation Week. Capt. Jason D. Gordon, 36th Medical Operation Squadron Mental Health Element chief here at Andersen Air Force Base, is a licensed clinical social worker is to help our Airmen and their families cope and build resilience when situations and life may seem overwhelming or difficult to overcome. "By concentrating on the social aspects of health, I am able to help individuals improve the quality of their lives. My job ranges from diagnosing behavioral health issues to offering guidance and psychotherapy. I am happy to be a part of the BSC team here at Andersen AFB, and I look forward to my continued service to this base, and the Air Force as a whole!" (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Ann Henderson)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Ann Henderson)

For Biomedical Science Corps Appreciation Week, we recognize Lt. John Seimetz, 36th Medical Operations Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering Element chief. "I like to say that, overall, we help keep our Airmen safe in the workplace by looking at the various hazards our Airmen may encounter, be it chemical, biological, radiological, and/or physical in nature," he said. "We make sure that they are able to get the mission done while minimizing the risk they encounter as much as possible, whether during daily job operations or emergency responses. In the end, I'm helping people, which is what I always wanted to do." (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Ann Henderson)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Ann Henderson)

As part of the Air Force Biomedical Science Corps, physical therapists are health care professionals who perform evaluations and design rehabilitation programs to help restore function, improve mobility and relieve pain.They focus on injury prevention and patient education to help reduce the likelihood of further injury and improved function. A physical therapy rehabilitation program can include a variety of interventions such as: strength and conditioning training, manual therapy techniques, electrical stimulation, and trigger point dry needling.To keep service members fit to fight, Maj. Elizabeth Liebner, 36th Medical Operations Squadron physical therapist, uses her musculoskeletal expertise to collaborate with other clinics in the medical group in order to ensure the best care for that individual. "The best part of my job is getting our service members back to the activities they love to do or need to accomplish in order to get them back to the mission," Liebner said. "Whether it is playing catch with their kid or passing their PT test, it is very rewarding when the patient meets their goals and improves their overall function. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Ann Henderson)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Each year the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) celebrates Biomedical Science Corps (BSC) Appreciation Week to honor the hard work, dedication and diversity of BSC Airmen all over the world.

This year’s celebration, held Jan. 22-26, marks the 53rd anniversary of the corps’ inception. The BSC was created in January of 1965 when, by Special Order CA-5, AFMS removed scientific and engineering personnel from the Medical Service Corps and combined them with the Medical Specialist Corps.

Over the past 53 years, the BSC has grown to become the most diverse of the five corps in the AFMS and includes 15 different Air Force jobs.

Across the 36th Wing, BSC Airmen can be found engaged in a wide range of duties, such as providing trusted medical care, analyzing blood samples, performing neurocognitive testing, inspecting food establishments and even testing the water we drink. The ten career fields represented at Andersen AFB include: optometry, clinical psychology, clinical social work, bioenvironmental engineering, pharmacy, biomedical laboratory, physical therapy, dieticians, physician assistants and public health officers.

The BSC mission is to provide full-spectrum health support to optimize the health and readiness of Team Andersen. It is the unity and diversity of the BSC that makes this mission successful. So, join us this week in showing our appreciation for all of our BSC Airmen here at the 36th Wing – as their motto goes: “Proud to be: BSC.”