176th Wing Medical Readiness and Training Center Ribbon Cutting
By MSgt Shannon Oleson, 176th Wing Public Affairs Office
/ Published September 23, 2010
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF RICHARDSON, Alaska -- On Sept. 19, the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Medical Group held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new Medical Readiness and Training Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER). The Group has been working in their new building since early June. Along with the 211th Rescue Squadron, the Medical Group is one the first units from the 176th Wing to relocate from Kulis Air National Guard Base to JBER. The relocation was dictated by the Federal 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) legislation; the most remaining Wing units will make the move in early 2011.
During his speech for the ribbon cutting, Col. Ronald Kichura, commander of the Medical Group, remarked, "BRAC and its direction to move the Medical Group to JBER was the right thing to do. So was the decision to create our new stand-alone facility so near to the excitement of the expanding missions of the 673th Medical Group and the Veteran's Affairs medical complex. Our close locations will certainly allow us to maintain our service identities while encouraging Joint Force development of resources and efficiencies."