Ohio Air National Guard trains at Pohakuloa

| July 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
A Soldier assigned to the Pohakuloa Training Area familiarizes members of the 178th Medical Group and 121st Medical Group with the installation, June 12. The 33-person group is participating in joint medical training with the Army while completing their annual training requirements.

A Soldier assigned to the Pohakuloa Training Area familiarizes members of the 178th Medical Group and the 121st Medical Group with the installation, June 12. The 33-person group is participating in joint medical training with the Army while completing their annual training requirements.

Story and photo by
2nd Lt. Lou Burton
178th Wing, Ohio Air National Guard

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Ohio Air National Guard Airmen traveled to the Island of Hawaii to participate in joint medical training, here, for two weeks as part of their annual training requirements.

The 33-person group comprises medical personnel from the 178th Medical Group and the 121st Medical Group, and they’re participating in Army-led training and conducting training for Soldiers.

Additionally, the group is providing real-world medical assistance to sick call and providing dental and optometry assessments to Soldiers in the field.

Airmen from the 178th Biomedical Engineering and Public Health section are assessing water conditions by testing drinking water and providing health recommendations for the training location that is currently at capacity of more than 2,300 service members.

PTA’s firing ranges allow units to conduct small-arms and crew-served weapons familiarization training and qualifications, as well as artillery and mortar live fire.

PTA has 23 training areas, with 22 live-fire and four non-live-fire fixed ranges, seven airborne drop zones and over 100 field artillery and mortar firing points.

The facility has no assigned full-time medical personnel.

“We have a very fluid schedule here,” said Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wear, 178th Wing Medical Group superintendent. “We are balancing the training being provided by our Airmen, the training we are receiving from the Army and the real-world mission of providing medical assistance to the service members here.”

The PTA training facilities were originally built in the 1950s and still bode original structures from the era. The physical environment is 6,800 miles above sea level, and the landscape mirrors more of a desert terrain than a tropical island because of the volcanic rock that the installation is built upon.

“This training is a great opportunity for our Airmen,” said Lt. Col William Brown, 178th Wing Medical Group deputy commander. “The training area is in an austere environment, and providing real-world medical assistance over such a large terrain is something we just could not replicate elsewhere.”

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