HomeMediaArticle Display

Public health Airmen engage civilian partners during readiness training

A line of dairy cows await a meal at Lohmann Farms in Perryville, Mo., June 18, 2019. Airmen deployed in support of Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation Tri-State Innovative Readiness Training 2019 coordinated with civilian public health agency partners to view livestock processes and promote interagency cooperation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jonathan W. Padish)

A line of dairy cows await a meal at Lohmann Farms in Perryville, Mo., June 18, 2019. Airmen participated in support of Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation Tri-State Innovative Readiness Training 2019 coordinated with civilian public health agency partners to view livestock processes and promote interagency cooperation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jonathan W. Padish)

(from left) U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Erika Dolinsek, a public health specialist assigned to the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard; U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Arold, a public health specialist assigned to the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard; and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessica Schultz, a bioenvironmental engineering specialist assigned to the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, speak with Wayne Lohmann, a farmer at Lohmann Farms, in Perryville, Mo., June 18, 2019. The Airmen coordinated with civilian public health agency partners to view livestock processes and promote interagency cooperation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jonathan W. Padish)

Tech. Sgt. Erika Dolinsek, a 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard, public health specialist; Staff Sgt. Richard Arold, a 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, public health specialist; and Staff Sgt. Jessica Schultz, a 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, bioenvironmental engineering specialist, speak with Wayne Lohmann, a farmer at Lohmann Farms, in Perryville, Mo., June 18, 2019. The Airmen coordinated with civilian public health agency partners to view livestock processes and promote interagency cooperation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jonathan W. Padish)

Wayne Lohmann, a farmer at Lohmann Farms, discusses dairy operations with U.S. Air Force public health professionals and representatives from the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Commission during a site visit in Perryville, Mo., June 18, 2019. Airmen deployed in support of Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation Tri-State Innovative Readiness Training 2019 coordinated with civilian public health agency partners to view livestock processes and promote interagency cooperation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jonathan W. Padish)

Wayne Lohmann, a farmer at Lohmann Farms, discusses dairy operations with Air Force public health professionals and representatives from the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Commission during a site visit in Perryville, Mo., June 18, 2019. Airmen participated in support of Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation Tri-State Innovative Readiness Training 2019 coordinated with civilian public health agency partners to view livestock processes and promote interagency cooperation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jonathan W. Padish)

SIKESTON, Mo. (AFNS) --

Airmen, including Alaska Air National Guardsmen of 176th Medical Group, deployed in support of Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation Tri-State Innovative Readiness Training 2019 coordinated with civilian agency partners to promote agency interoperability during public health site visits to multiple locations, June 18.

The service members met with representatives from the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Commission to view operations at a livestock auction facility and a dairy farm.

One of the goals of the visit was to better understand multi-agency involvement in the process that delivers food from producers to consumers.

“Several agencies are involved in farm-to-table,” said Amy Morris, a Cape Girardeau County Public Health Commission, public health specialist supervisor. “In the beginning, the department of agriculture is involved. Once the animal is slaughtered, that’s when public health takes over.”

Because of the nature of public health inspections, interagency cooperation is key.

According to Morris, different agencies have different perspectives. If one agency sees something that warrants action by another agency, the agencies can communicate to ensure all issues are addressed correctly.

Military public health specialists assigned to DAEOC Tri-State IRT 2019 agreed with the emphasis on interagency collaboration.

Tech. Sgt. Erika Dolinsek, a 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard public health specialist, said proactive engagement with civilian agencies ensures open lines of communication between points of contact in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

Moreover, proactive public health education means a healthy community.

Morris said the main goal of public health is to reduce the overall number of illnesses. For the military, the goal of public health is the same.

“For us, the main thing is preventative care,” said Dolinsek. “Our goal is to make sure people are better educated about public health.”

DAEOC Tri-State IRT 2019 is a joint service training exercise that leverages military and community resources to provide military training to service members, including engagement with community partners to promote interagency operability and share organizational best practices.

USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.