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72nd Medical Group holds unit inactivation and re-designation ceremony

The 72nd Medical Group held a ceremony in Heritage Hall July 9 to inactivate the 72nd Dental Squadron and also to redesignate the 72nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron and the 72nd Medical Operations Squadron to the 72nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron and the 72nd Healthcare Operations Squadron. 72nd Medical Group Commander Col. Jennifer Trinkle presided over the historical ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kelly White)

The 72nd Medical Group held a ceremony in Heritage Hall July 9 to inactivate the 72nd Dental Squadron and also to redesignate the 72nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron and the 72nd Medical Operations Squadron to the 72nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron and the 72nd Healthcare Operations Squadron. 72nd Medical Group Commander Col. Jennifer Trinkle presided over the historical ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kelly White)

When a unit’s mission has been completed it’s part of military tradition to inactivate that unit.

 

The 72nd Medical Group held an inactivation and re-designation ceremony on July 9 in Heritage Hall, inactivating the 72nd Dental Squadron as well as re-designating two other squadrons within the group.

72nd Medical Group Commander Col. Jennifer Trinkle spoke during the ceremony stating that there are about 60 other medical groups going through this same type of change currently.

 

“We are at a point in the medical field where we’re going to transform,” Trinkle said. “Through the years the 72nd Medical Group has gone through many changes in staff, capability and leadership structure. As we look to the future of military medicine we will undoubtedly change many more times, and we will deliver trusted care to our patients and we will deliver a lethal human weapons system to our commanders.”

 

During the ceremony old unit flags were furled and new flags unfurled as the 72nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron was re-designated as the 72nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, and the 72nd Medical Operations Squadron was re-designated as the 72nd Healthcare Operations Squadron.

Trinkle discussed the array of changes the Medical Group has undergone since the inception of dedicated medical care for Tinker Air Force Base personnel in 1942. During that time, base personnel received treatment in a hospital camp at a temporary facility at Will Rogers Field and since then medical facilities have changed drastically. Some of these changes include the closing of inpatient medicine and changing to an outpatient facility, as well as transitioning from the old medical group to facility to the modern facility the group has been housed in since 2012.

 

Trinkle also referenced the 72nd Dental Squadron and the 72nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron inactivating and then reactivating twice.

 

“Through all the changes, some things will remain the same,” Trinkle said. “We will care for our service members, we will take care of their families and we will prepare our medics to go to war. In the end we are Wildcatters. We are flexible, we are resilient and we are innovative.”