29th BSB supports TAMC, Schofield medical facilities

| July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
Photos by 29th Brigade Support Battalion, Hawaii Army National Guard Six members of Charlie Medical Company, 29th BSB, Hawaii Army National Guard, gather in the TAMC Oceanside lobby before their shift. The medical professionals were force multipliers for TAMC and Schofield Barracks, July 13-24.

Photos by 29th Brigade Support Battalion, Hawaii Army National Guard
Six members of Charlie Medical Company, 29th BSB, Hawaii Army National Guard, gather in the TAMC Oceanside lobby before their shift. The medical professionals were force multipliers for TAMC and Schofield Barracks, July 13-24.

USAG-Hawaii Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Company C, 29th Brigade Support Battalion, Hawaii Army National Guard, did its best to live up to its motto, “Charlie Leads the Way,” as eighteen of its medical personnel provided support at Tripler Army Medical Center and Schofield Barracks Health Clinic, July 13-24.

“The mission allows Soldiers to revalidate, expand, and practice their skills and knowledge,” said Sgt. Roberto Ramilo. “By embedding Charlie Medical Company with TAMC and SBHC medical facilities and personnel, Soldiers gain a great experience and exposure to higher level medical operations.”

Guardsmen don’t have the opportunity to use their practical, clinical, and medical skills on a day-to-day basis, explained medic Sgt. Stephanie Enos-Wong.

“All the experience that we gain during our annual training is extremely helpful in maintaining our MOS and becoming and growing into better Soldiers,” said Enos-Wong.

The permanent staff’s at TAMC and SBHC appreciated the company’s support; the workload was lighter and patients received care more rapidly.

“Charlie Medical Company, 29th BSB has made a tremendous impact to the sections they were supporting due to low manpower from active duty training exercises, permanent change of station and summer leave schedules for active duty members,” said Lt. Col. Derek Morton, chief of Reserve Affairs, Regional Health Command-Pacific.

According to Morton, Charlie Medical Company provided a sense of community within the facilities when seen providing healthcare to TAMC and SBHC patients. It also provided a better understanding of Hawaiian culture to the TAMC and SBHC staff, which is important because the facilities have a unique patient population.

The 18 company members included physical therapists, medics, behavioral health specialists and medical logistics Soldiers. They saw 929 patients and worked a combined 1,299 hours. They learned from experienced health care providers and shared their experiences, military and civilian, with the permanent medical staff.

“I got to witness at least one delivery per day and see what they do after the baby is delivered,” said Charlie medic Sgt. Eric Okada, who worked in the labor and delivery ward at TAMC. “It was really awesome.”

Spc. Markneil Viernes, who also worked in labor and delivery, added, “I always wanted to work with babies, and learning about the delivery process shows me what to expect when I have children of my own.”

Charlie Medical Company counted its experience at TAMC and SBHC as invaluable, and the unit hopes to continue training at the island facilities.

(Editor’s note: 1st Lt. Torri A. Ishihara, 29th Brigade Support Battalion, Hawaii Army National Guard, provided the information for this story.)

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