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Alaska air guardsmen use civilian skills on medical mission to Hawaii

LANAI, Hawaii - Lt. Col. Jay Fuller, a public health officer from the 176 Medical Group, uses his civilian veterinary skills here June 6, 2013, between his public health duties. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force set up and ran medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12. The group joined about 500 other military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – the largest IRT mission since the program began. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

LANAI, Hawaii - Lt. Col. Jay Fuller, a public health officer from the 176 Medical Group, uses his civilian veterinary skills here June 6, 2013, between his public health duties. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force set up and ran medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12. The group joined about 500 other military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – the largest IRT mission since the program began. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

LANAI, Hawaii - Lt. Col. Mark Tucillo, a physician from the 176 Medical Group, assists a local Boy Scout Troop June 8, 2013, earn the first aid badge. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force set up and ran medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12. The group joined about 500 other military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – the largest IRT mission since the program began. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

LANAI, Hawaii - Lt. Col. Mark Tucillo, a physician from the 176 Medical Group, assists a local Boy Scout Troop June 8, 2013, earn the first aid badge. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force set up and ran medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12. The group joined about 500 other military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – the largest IRT mission since the program began. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

LANAI, Hawaii - Airman Ossie Quinovenva and Airman 1st Class Sean O'Brian lead youth here through military physical training exercises June 4, 2013, amid their own medical training. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force set up and ran medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12. The group joined about 500 other military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – the largest IRT mission since the program began. National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Heather Paxson.

LANAI, Hawaii - Airman Ossie Quinovenva and Airman 1st Class Sean O'Brian lead youth here through military physical training exercises June 4, 2013, amid their own medical training. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force set up and ran medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12. The group joined about 500 other military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – the largest IRT mission since the program began. National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Heather Paxson.

LANAI, Hawaii -- Military members participate in a Lanai youth project here June 7, 2013, learning to canoe in traditional-style Hawaiian outriggers. Members were invited after speaking to the youth and teaching them some military physical training. Over 540 military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy gathered on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 –  an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12, 2013, to care for medically-underserved Hawaiians. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

LANAI, Hawaii -- Military members participate in a Lanai youth project here June 7, 2013, learning to canoe in traditional-style Hawaiian outriggers. Members were invited after speaking to the youth and teaching them some military physical training. Over 540 military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy gathered on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12, 2013, to care for medically-underserved Hawaiians. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

LANAI, Hawaii -- Medical personnel run a health booth at the Farmer's Market here June 8, 2013. Over 540 military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy gathered on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 –  an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12, 2013, to care for medically-underserved Hawaiians. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

LANAI, Hawaii -- Medical personnel run a health booth at the Farmer's Market here June 8, 2013. Over 540 military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy gathered on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12, 2013, to care for medically-underserved Hawaiians. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

LANAI, Hawaii - Lt. Col. Jay Fuller, a bioenvironmental engineer fromt the 176 Medical Group and civilian verterinarian, and Master Sgt. Ryan Voigt, the first sergeant and bioenvioronmental technician from the 176 Medical Group, clip a local woman's pig's toenails here June 11, 2013, as part of basic veterinary care. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force set up and ran medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12. The group joined about 500 other military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – the largest IRT mission since the program began.

LANAI, Hawaii - Lt. Col. Jay Fuller, a bioenvironmental engineer fromt the 176 Medical Group and civilian verterinarian, and Master Sgt. Ryan Voigt, the first sergeant and bioenvioronmental technician from the 176 Medical Group, clip a local woman's pig's toenails here June 11, 2013, as part of basic veterinary care. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force set up and ran medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12. The group joined about 500 other military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – the largest IRT mission since the program began.

LANAI, Hawaii -- Tech. Sgt. Vance Winkler, a bioenvironmental technician from the 151st Medical Group, uses his civilian mechanical skills here June 7, 2013, to assist Lanai High and Elementary School with broken service equipment between his medical training. Over 540 military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy gathered on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 –  an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12, 2013, to care for medically-underserved Hawaiians. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

LANAI, Hawaii -- Tech. Sgt. Vance Winkler, a bioenvironmental technician from the 151st Medical Group, uses his civilian mechanical skills here June 7, 2013, to assist Lanai High and Elementary School with broken service equipment between his medical training. Over 540 military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy gathered on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12, 2013, to care for medically-underserved Hawaiians. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

LANAI, Hawaii -- Master Sgt. Alan Reynolds, a medical technician from the 151st Medical Group, uses his master civilian carpentry skills here June 7, 2013, to assist the Lanai Animal Rescue Center between his medical training. Over 540 military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy gathered on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 –  an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12, 2013, to care for medically-underserved Hawaiians. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

LANAI, Hawaii -- Master Sgt. Alan Reynolds, a medical technician from the 151st Medical Group, uses his master civilian carpentry skills here June 7, 2013, to assist the Lanai Animal Rescue Center between his medical training. Over 540 military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy gathered on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12, 2013, to care for medically-underserved Hawaiians. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

LANAI, Hawaii -- Military members assist in shredding palm tree fronds here June 5, 2013, among other community projects between medical training. Over 540 military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy gathered on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 –  an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12, 2013, to care for medically-underserved Hawaiians.

LANAI, Hawaii -- Military members assist in shredding palm tree fronds here June 5, 2013, among other community projects between medical training. Over 540 military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy gathered on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12, 2013, to care for medically-underserved Hawaiians.

LANAI, Hawaii - Local ambulance drivers explained the equipment and proceses of their small, island town here June 6, 2013, to military members in the no-hat, no-salute area -- towns like these share some similarities to rural, Alaskan villages. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force set up and ran medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12. The group joined about 500 other military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – the largest IRT mission since the program began. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.
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LANAI, Hawaii - Local ambulance drivers explained the equipment and proceses of their small, island town here June 6, 2013, to military members in the no-hat, no-salute area -- towns like these share some similarities to rural, Alaskan villages. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force set up and ran medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12. The group joined about 500 other military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – the largest IRT mission since the program began. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

LANAI, Hawaii -- Military members assist in community projects here June 5, 2013, between medical training. Over 540 military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy gathered on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 –  an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12, 2013, to care for medically-underserved Hawaiians. Photo by Ron Gingerich.
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LANAI, Hawaii -- Military members assist in community projects here June 5, 2013, between medical training. Over 540 military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy gathered on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12, 2013, to care for medically-underserved Hawaiians. Photo by Ron Gingerich.

LANAI, Hawaii -- Military members remove junk off a land here from years of illegal dumping June 7, 2013, between medical training. Over 540 military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy gathered on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 –  an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12, 2013, to care for medically-underserved Hawaiians. Photo by Ron Gingerich.
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LANAI, Hawaii -- Military members remove junk off a land here from years of illegal dumping June 7, 2013, between medical training. Over 540 military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy gathered on four Hawaiian Islands at six sites as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 – an Innovative Readiness Training project June 4 to 12, 2013, to care for medically-underserved Hawaiians. Photo by Ron Gingerich.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Forty-five Alaska-based military personnel drawn from Air and Army Guard units and the active-duty Air Force cared for medically-underserved Hawaiians June 4 to 12 on the Hawaiian Islands of Lanai, Maui and Molokai.

The Alaskans were among about 500 other military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy serving six sites across four Hawaiian Islands as part of a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013.

Many of the deployed tapped into civilian skills to assist with much-needed community-service work amid their training schedule. The community projects encompassed mechanical work, landscaping, carpentry and more.

Some of the contributions from the Alaska group, at times aided by other military members, included Lt. Col. Jay Fuller's veterinary services, Lt. Col. Mark Tucillo's first-aid class for local Boy Scouts, and a military physical-training class for young people led by Airman Ossie Quinovenva and Airman 1st Class Sean O'Brian.

"There's so much talent in the Guard and the Reserve that is beyond your AFSC [Air Force Specialty Code - job description]," said Col. Jerry Arends, the mission director.

Military members at other sites also performed community projects, such as the Ocean View site on the big island where a few automobile mechanics and a generator repair specialist assisted the local, disadvantaged community who largely rely on generators.

TROPIC CARE 2103 is a part of the Department of Defense's Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) Program. This program is designed to give military personnel, primarily members of medical and engineering units, real-world training at the same time as supporting historically underserved communities.

The Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Medical Group has participated in the IRT program at least since 2009. In 2011, a contingent from the 176 Medical Group led a two-week mission to central Alabama, opening a free clinic where they offered a wide range of medical, dental and public-health services. In 2012, another contingent from the 176th led ARCTIC CARE 2012, providing medical services for rural Alaskans alongside other units.
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