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USAF/USSF Surgeon General visits Tinker

Man putting prescription into pneumatic tube system

Lloyd Woodland, left, a Red Cross volunteer, demonstrates to U.S. Air Force and Space Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Robert Miller, right, how to use the pharmacy’s pneumatic tube. Miller and Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Medical Enlisted Force and Enlisted Corps chief, were on base Aug. 5, 2021, for an immersion tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Leyinzca Bihlajama)

Three Airmen in group photo, middle Airman holding coin

U.S. Air Force and Space Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Robert Miller, left, and Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Medical Enlisted Force and Enlisted Corps chief, right, coin Maj. Tikia Wright, chief of Laboratory Services, during a visit to the 72nd Medical Group at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 5, 2021. Wright oversaw the base’s COVID testing efforts during the pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Leyinzca Bihlajama)

Two Airmen tapping elbows

Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Medical Enlisted Force and Enlisted Corps chief, left, taps elbows with Staff Sgt. Jessica Carter with the 72nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron. Carter was coined by Kolczynski for her exceptional performance in the Flight Medicine Clinic. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Leyinzca Bihlajama)

Three Airmen posing for selfie photo in front of E-3 aircraft

Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Medical Enlisted Force and Enlisted Corps chief, right, takes a selfie with U.S. Air Force and Space Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Robert Miller, left, and Lt. Col. Richard Smith, executive officer. The group toured the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, discussing the challenges medical challenges Airmen face in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Leyinzca Bihlajama)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

Lt. Gen. Robert I. Miller, surgeon general of the U.S. Air Force and Space Force, and Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Medical Enlisted Force and Enlisted Corps chief, visited Tinker Air Force Base, August 5, 2021.

The visit to Tinker is part of Miller’s immersion tour after becoming Surgeon General June 4.

Miller and Kolczynski were guided through the different clinics of 72nd Medical Group, briefed by Airmen on the workings of each section and how they have enhanced their processes in spite of COVID-19.

The recent Delta variant has ignited a new wave of infections. One thing that struck Miller was the self-awareness of vaccinated medical staff to get tested for the virus.

“It is very impressive to see staff make the right calls and get tested at the first sign of symptoms,” he said.

Lt. Gen. Miller teleconferencing with Airman via tablet
U.S. Air Force and Space Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Robert Miller, left, greets 1st Lt. James Dillard through a video conference. Though Dillard was unable to attend in person, his outstanding merits were recognized with a virtual coining. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Leyinzca Bihlajama)
Lt. Gen. Miller teleconferencing with Airman via tablet
USAF/USSF Surgeon General visits Tinker
U.S. Air Force and Space Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Robert Miller, left, greets 1st Lt. James Dillard through a video conference. Though Dillard was unable to attend in person, his outstanding merits were recognized with a virtual coining. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Leyinzca Bihlajama)
Photo By: 2nd Lt. Leyinzca Bihlajama
VIRIN: 210805-F-PR548-1009

First Lt. James Dillard, a physician’s assistant in the 72nd Medical Operations Squadron was unable to attend, but was virtually coined for his contribution in the improvements and trainings of new COVID adaptations within the Warrior Clinic.

During their tour of the medical group, the duo also recognized Tech. Sgt. Holly Siefken, noncommissioned officer in charge of Pediatrics, Maj. Tikia Wright, chief of Laboratory Services, and Staff Sgt. Jessica Carter with the Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, for their exceptional work.

Airmen looking at aircraft console
U.S. Air Force and Space Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Robert Miller, front right, and Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Medical Enlisted Force and Enlisted Corps chief, front left, are briefed on the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft by 552nd Air Control Wing crew members. As part of his immersion tour, Miller discussed the importance of flight medicine for the safety and well-being of flight crews. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Leyinzca Bihlajama)
Airmen looking at aircraft console
USAF/USSF Surgeon General visits Tinker
U.S. Air Force and Space Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Robert Miller, front right, and Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Medical Enlisted Force and Enlisted Corps chief, front left, are briefed on the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft by 552nd Air Control Wing crew members. As part of his immersion tour, Miller discussed the importance of flight medicine for the safety and well-being of flight crews. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Leyinzca Bihlajama)
Photo By: 2nd Lt. Leyinzca Bihlajama
VIRIN: 210805-F-PR548-1014

Miller and Kolczynski also stopped by the 552nd Air Control Wing, where they met with crew members and toured the E-3 Sentry. The crew discussed various health risks flyers face and the measures in place to ensure readiness upon emergent scenarios. Miller was captivated by the unique medical hazards that the aircraft’s equipment could introduce to the crew and the value of a flight medic who is familiar with the challenges they face.

“During rapid decompression a flight medic needs to be able to swiftly diagnose and treat up to 40 Airmen,” said 552nd ACW Commander Col Keven Coyle.

The surgeon general and chief also stopped by the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex and Occupational Medicine Clinic during their tour.

Miller and Kolczynski were briefed by OC-ALC Commander, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey King, on the importance of the ALC and its invaluable partnerships with local units.

The 72nd MDG provides health services to over 64,000 patients, supporting medical capabilities for Headquarters Air Force Sustainment Center, the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, the 72nd Air Base Wing and over 45 associate units.