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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman John Cortez, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight immunizations backup technician, discusses immunization processing with Brig. Gen. Johnny Lizama, Guam National Guard assistant adjutant general – Air, and Col. Timothy Puzan, Air National Guard’s 254th Air Base commander, where Air National Guard Airmen are completing individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman John Cortez, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight immunizations backup technician, discusses immunization processing with Brig. Gen. Johnny Lizama, Guam National Guard assistant adjutant general – Air, and Col. Timothy Puzan, Air National Guard’s 254th Air Base commander, where Air National Guard Airmen are completing individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018. The 624th AMDF, which is part of the 624th Regional Support Group, provides medical support to ensure wartime readiness and deploys qualified medical professionals in support of aerospace expeditionary rotations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry R. Bynum)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ealani Flores, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight immunizations backup technician, administers a vaccination to 1st Lt. Tommy Rivera, Air National Guard’s 254th Air Base Group cyberspace officer, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ealani Flores, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight immunizations backup technician, administers a vaccination to 1st Lt. Tommy Rivera, Air National Guard’s 254th Air Base Group cyberspace officer, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018. The 624th AMDF, which is a unit of the 624th Regional Support Group, provides medical support to ensure wartime readiness and deploys qualified medical professionals in support of aerospace expeditionary rotations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry R. Bynum)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman John Cortez, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight immunizations backup technician, administers a vaccination to Airman 1st Class Ryan Martinez, Air National Guard’s 254th Air Base Group client systems specialist, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman John Cortez, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight immunizations backup technician, administers a vaccination to Airman 1st Class Ryan Martinez, Air National Guard’s 254th Air Base Group client systems specialist, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018. The 624th AMDF, which is part of the 624th Regional Support Group, provides medical support to ensure wartime readiness and deploys qualified medical professionals in support of aerospace expeditionary rotations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry R. Bynum)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Tudela, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight commander and flight surgeon, talks with Staff Sgt. Roby Garrido, Air National Guard’s 254th Red Horse Squadron management and analysis journeyman, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Tudela, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight commander and flight surgeon, talks with Staff Sgt. Roby Garrido, Air National Guard’s 254th Red Horse Squadron management and analysis journeyman, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018. The 624th AMDF, which is part of the 624th Regional Support Group, provides medical support to ensure wartime readiness and deploys qualified medical professionals in support of aerospace expeditionary rotations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry R. Bynum)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jessica Blas, Air National Guard’s 254th Red Horse Squadron personnel officer, checks in at the medical laboratory with Tech. Sgt. Jean Arroyo, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight medical laboratory non-commissioned officer in charge, to complete individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jessica Blas, Air National Guard’s 254th Red Horse Squadron personnel officer, checks in at the medical laboratory with Tech. Sgt. Jean Arroyo, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight medical laboratory non-commissioned officer in charge, to complete individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018. The 624th AMDF, which is part of the 624th Regional Support Group, provides medical support to ensure wartime readiness and deploys qualified medical professionals in support of aerospace expeditionary rotations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry R. Bynum)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Audrey Sanchez, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight medical laboratory technician, prepares to draw blood from Capt. Jessica Blas, Air National Guard’s 254th Red Horse Squadron personnel officer, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Audrey Sanchez, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight medical laboratory technician, prepares to draw blood from Capt. Jessica Blas, Air National Guard’s 254th Red Horse Squadron personnel officer, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018. The 624th AMDF, which is part of the 624th Regional Support Group, provides medical support to ensure wartime readiness and deploys qualified medical professionals in support of aerospace expeditionary rotations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry R. Bynum)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Fernandez, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight chief dentist, conducts a dental exam for Master Sgt. Jean Chabanne, Air National Guard’s 254th Air Base Group personalist, while Tech. Sgt. Vincent Nelson, 624th AMDF dental services non-commissioned officer in charge, scribes dental notes as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Fernandez, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight chief dentist, conducts a dental exam for Master Sgt. Jean Chabanne, Air National Guard’s 254th Air Base Group personalist, while Tech. Sgt. Vincent Nelson, 624th AMDF dental services non-commissioned officer in charge, scribes dental notes as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018. The 624th AMDF, which is part of the 624th Regional Support Group, provides medical support to ensure wartime readiness and deploys qualified medical professionals in support of aerospace expeditionary rotations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry R. Bynum)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Vincent Nelson, 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight dental services non-commissioned officer in charge, discusses medical documents with Master Sgt. Jean Chabanne, Air National Guard’s 254th Air Base Group personalist, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Vincent Nelson, 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight dental services non-commissioned officer in charge, discusses medical documents with Master Sgt. Jean Chabanne, Air National Guard’s 254th Air Base Group personalist, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018. The 624th AMDF, which is part of the 624th Regional Support Group, provides medical support to ensure wartime readiness and deploys qualified medical professionals in support of aerospace expeditionary rotations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry R. Bynum)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Stephanie Tenorio, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight dental assistant, prepares to take a dental x-ray for Staff Sgt. Jesse San Nicolas, Air National Guard’s 254th Red Horse Squadron pavement and equipment craftsman, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Stephanie Tenorio, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight dental assistant, prepares to take a dental x-ray for Staff Sgt. Jesse San Nicolas, Air National Guard’s 254th Red Horse Squadron pavement and equipment craftsman, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018. The 624th AMDF, which is part of the 624th Regional Support Group, provides medical support to ensure wartime readiness and deploys qualified medical professionals in support of aerospace expeditionary rotations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry R. Bynum)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Fernandez, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight chief dentist, conducts a dental exam for Tech. Sgt. Joshua Reyes, Air National Guard’s 254th Security Forces Squadron craftsman, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Fernandez, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight chief dentist, conducts a dental exam for Tech. Sgt. Joshua Reyes, Air National Guard’s 254th Security Forces Squadron craftsman, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018. The 624th AMDF, which is part of the 624th Regional Support Group, provides medical support to ensure wartime readiness and deploys qualified medical professionals in support of aerospace expeditionary rotations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry R. Bynum)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Fernandez, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight chief dentist, discusses dental exam results with Tech. Sgt. Joshua Reyes, Air National Guard’s 254th Security Forces Squadron craftsman, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Fernandez, Air Force Reserve’s 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight chief dentist, discusses dental exam results with Tech. Sgt. Joshua Reyes, Air National Guard’s 254th Security Forces Squadron craftsman, as part of individual medical readiness requirements during a unit training assembly at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2018. The 624th AMDF, which is part of the 624th Regional Support Group, provides medical support to ensure wartime readiness and deploys qualified medical professionals in support of aerospace expeditionary rotations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry R. Bynum)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Total force integration was put into practice here recently when Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight helped Air National Guard Airmen from the 254th Air Base Group meet medical requirements.

Guardsmen and Reservists in Guam have built a successful relationship by working together when other resources aren’t available during weekend duty to meet Airmen’s needs.

“We have a great working relationship with the Air Force Reserve,” said Brig. Gen. Johnny Lizama, Guam National Guard assistant adjutant general – Air. “We can work together regardless of the mission or need, and we’re better because of that cooperation.”

Airmen who needed physical health assessments and individual medical readiness requirements were seen by 624th AMDF medical staff who provided dental exams, immunizations, laboratory work and medical provider visits. While managing their own Reserve requirements, the 624th AMDF was able to facilitate 84 appointments during the weekend.

“Medical readiness is absolutely critical for our Airmen’s ability to deploy at a moment’s notice,” said Col. Timothy Puzan, ANGs 254th Air Base Group commander. “We typically don’t have this type of medical access through the active-duty medical staff during our unit training assemblies, and the Reserves give us that flexibility. It’s a win for the total force team.”

Individual medical readiness requirements must be met in order for members to be placed in a deployable status. Working together in a TFI environment means standards are the same, regardless of the Air Force component. No matter the Airmen’s status, they’re able to have their requirements met because of uniformity.

This collaboration allows Guard Airmen to have their unique medical requirements met, and provides an opportunity for Reservists to gain experience, improve expertise and increase overall effectiveness.

“This is what being on the same team is all about,” said Tech. Sgt. Vincent Nelson, 624th AMDF dental services non-commissioned officer in charge. “Guard Airmen get the care they need in order to be worldwide qualified, while our Reserve Citizen Airmen get valuable hands-on specialty experience.”

All Airmen train to the same standards and capabilities, which permits flexibly between the various Air Force components. This allows units to interact and work together, maximizes resources and improves proficiency.

“Working together is mutually beneficial for the Air Force Reserve, the Air National Guard, and the total force,” said Lt. Col. John Tudela, 624th AMDF commander. “Our teamwork ensures Airmen’s IMR requirements are met so they’re ready when needed. We’re one Air Force contributing to the larger mission.”

The 624th AMDF, which is part of the 624th Regional Support Group, provides medical support to Air Force component organizations to ensure wartime readiness. The unit supports the 624th RSGs mission to deliver mission essential capability through combat readiness, quality management and peacetime deployments to any area of responsibility while deploying qualified medical professionals in support of contingency operations worldwide.

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