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Alaska air guardsmen provide medical care to Hawaiians

LANAI, Hawaii - Lt. Col. Julie Robinson, a dentist from the 176 Medical Group, works on a patient here June 5, 2013. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force traveled to set up and run medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 2 to 14. 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. Julie Robinson, a dentist from the 176 Medical Group, works on a patient here June 5, 2013. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force traveled to set up and run medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 2 to 14. 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 - Maj. Andrew Adamich, an optometrist from the 176 Medical Group, mentors Staff Sgt. Katherine Burrows, an optometry technician from the 151st Medical Group, June 5, 2013, here. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force traveled to set up and run medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 2 to 14. 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 - Maj. Andrew Adamich, an optometrist from the 176 Medical Group, mentors Staff Sgt. Katherine Burrows, an optometry technician from the 151st Medical Group, June 5, 2013, here. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force traveled to set up and run medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 2 to 14. 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 - Master Sgt. Jessica Alvarez trains airmen and soldiers June 5, 2013, on immunizations during a medical training mission in Hawaii. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force traveled to set up and run medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 2 to 14. 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 - Master Sgt. Jessica Alvarez trains airmen and soldiers June 5, 2013, on immunizations during a medical training mission in Hawaii. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force traveled to set up and run medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai and Maui as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project June 2 to 14. 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 - Chaplain Rick Cavens, the head chaplain from the Alaska Air National Guard's 176 Wing, gives the Word of the Day before members depart for a medical mission. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force traveled to set up and run 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 - Chaplain Rick Cavens, the head chaplain from the Alaska Air National Guard's 176 Wing, gives the Word of the Day before members depart for a medical mission. Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force traveled to set up and run 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 - Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force are setting up and running 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 - Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army National Guard and active-duty Air Force are setting up and running 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 -- Forty-five Alaska military personnel from Air and Army Guard and active-duty Air Force are running medical clinics for medically-underserved Hawaiians on the islands of Lanai, Molokai and Maui as part of a two-week Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) project June 4 to 12.

The group is providing care such as optometry, dentistry, physical exams, public health assessments, medical equipment repair and grief consoling.

The Alaskans joined about 500 other military personnel from multiple components of the Air Force, Army and Navy at six sites across four Hawaiian Islands as a joint training mission called TROPIC CARE 2013 - the largest IRT mission since the program began.

"It's a two-fold benefit for the tax payer," said Lt. Col. Sharolyn Lange, the 176 Medical Group commander and Lanai team lead. "Not only are we training and getting our war skills up, we're actually taking care of Americans."

The National Guard Bureau's Innovative Readiness Training program is meant to meet mission-essential training while lending a helping hand to deserving communities and organizations. Entities applying for assistance must demonstrate standards such as level of need. Hawaii is classified with several medically-underserved areas and populations, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

At a community-sponsored opening ceremony on Lanai, a part of Maui County, the mayor expressed appreciation to the troops.

"Thank you very much for all that you do," said Alan Arakawa, the Mayor of Maui County. "The people of Maui County really do appreciate it. This is a very, very wonderful thing most of us are going to remember for a long time."
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