Ohio Guard Base Local Health Agencies Sign Partnership Agreements

first_imgImmunization backup technicians from the medical component of the Ohio Air National Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing will deliver medical services to surrounding communities in north central Ohio, under training affiliation agreements the wing signed last week with two local health departments.The agreements will allow the 179th Airlift Wing Medical Group to support the Ashland County-City and Richland County health departments while fulfilling training requirements.“Today we sign and formalize the agreement and as our members need training, we will reach out to the partnerships and work out the details,” said Col. Dan Tack, vice commander of the wing.The agreements were reached under the Air Force Community Partnership program. At least week’s meeting hosted by the 179th Airlift Wing and 200th REDHORSE Squadron, based at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base, military and community officials also discussed ways to advance collaboration efforts in areas such as blight removal, joint small arms firing ranges and snow removal, reported the 179th Airlift Wing.An initiative allowing the Air National Guard to support neighboring communities with the demolition of deteriorating and unsafe structures would require the Realistic Military Training (RMT) program to be amended. The RMT program would need to approve the use of Air National Guard personnel and equipment to assist in a public-funded blight removal project.“RMT provides realistic military training, critical to force readiness, off federal property. This program applies to any training. However, it currently does not apply to the National Guard in Title 32 status,” said Lt. Col. Troy Cramer, of the 179th Airlift Wing.The Office of Force Training for Readiness is expected to amend its requirements by this summer, Cramer said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more