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NEWS | Oct. 15, 2019

Honorary commanders visit 433rd Medical Group facilities

By Tech. Sgt. Iram Carmona 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 433rd Medical Group hosted 13 honorary commanders at its new administration building and joint medical and dental clinics at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Oct. 5.

The honorary commanders met with the group’s senior leadership for an introductory round table briefing, and a question and answer session, and then a tour of the new medical administration building.

Col. Michael C. Brice, 433rd MDG commander, led the briefing along with Cols. Paul Deschner, 433rd Aerospace Medicine Squadron; Gregg Wentworth, 433rd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, and Bradley Butler, 433rd Medical Squadron.

“When the honorary commanders come out, they get a chance to see what it is the reservists do, day in and day out, and what kind of challenges they face,” Brice said. “They’re also able to see the kind of expertise they can bring back to their civilian jobs and become leaders there in addition to being out here.”

Next, they visited various clinics where they met Reserve Citizen Airmen, who demonstrated some medical equipment and explained how their skill sets benefit service members.

One of the tour guides, 1st Lt. Julie Ramsey, 433rd Aerospace Medical Squadron medical service corps officer, cherished the opportunity to speak about being a Reservist.

“I feel it is a privilege to be able to not only present our amazing facility, and work areas but, more importantly, the personnel involved,” Ramsey said. “It is an absolute honor to have been the guide walking the honorary commanders through Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center.”

The honorary commander’s tour ended with a look at the Air Force Postgraduate Dental School and Clinic, where they received a briefing led by Lt. Col. Michael Bates, 433rd Aerospace Medicine Squadron dentist. Bates described the facility’s mission, capabilities and services.

The tour left an impression on the honorary commanders.

“It’s amazing the professionalism of each of the different people that we came in contact with, and it was inspiring,” said David Hennessee, honorary commander.