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Medical troops sharpen readiness at Texas conference

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Medical personnel from the Kentucky Air Guard sharpened their preparedness skills by attending the ANG Readiness Frontiers conference held in San Antonio in June.

Conference sessions primarily focused on tasks required by the Air Force Medical Service Readiness Skills Verification Program, according to Capt. Amy Mundell, a medical administrator with the 123rd Medical Group.

This program ensures clinical competency for Air National Guard health professionals. The conference, which is hosted annually by the Air National Guard Surgeon General, provided an opportunity for the Air Guard medical community to train together, share unit best practices and network with other health professionals, Mundell said.

KyANG Aimen who attended the conference included personnel from the 123rd Medical Group and members of the Joint Forces Headquarters Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package.

It's rare for military medics from across the country to train together, Mundell noted.

"Readiness Frontiers allowed us to come together and receive much-needed clinical and medical administrative training. The courses offered instruction in many of the core skills we need to maintain in order to be prepared for responding to situations anywhere in the world."

Equally valuable was the networking experience afforded by the conference.

"Readiness Frontiers provided the means for making contacts and establishing communication with other units across the United States," she said. "This aspect was invaluable."