Corps of Biomedical Sciences Keeps Al Dhafra Airmen “Combat Ready” > US Air Forces Central > 380AEW Article Display
AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates —
At Al Dhafra Air Base and throughout the Air Force, the Corps of Biomedical Sciences provides a wide range of services that promote the well-being of Airmen and other service members.
Part of the Air Force Medical Service, BSC personnel are members of 17 different career areas of the Air Force Code of Specialty, ranging from pharmacists and mental health professionals to public health specialists and to physiotherapists. In January, the Air Force marked BSC Week to honor professionals serving in the field.
“Warriors need contact with all of us at some point to stay fit to fight,” said Master Sgt. Renaldo Maroney, a medical laboratory technician with the 380th Expeditionary Medical Group in Al Dhafra.
Maroney’s section has been particularly in the spotlight lately as the grassroots population — and the world — weathered another spike in Covid-19, this one brought on by the Omicron variant. Maroney’s duties include performing analysis when local staff are tested for Covid.
While medical laboratory duties may have been a priority, all BSC providers have an important role to play, said Major Gyasi Mann, the 380th’s public health officer.
“Everyone has a role to play,” Mann said. “A lot of our specialties at BSC are about trying to prevent a disease. Obviously, if we are able to do that, it’s a win for everyone.
Public health duties include taking samples of drinking water delivered to base, as well as conducting inspections at all food handling facilities on base, such as Oasis, Windy’s and Roy’s restaurants. on the base.
As part of the team’s mission to support base personnel, physiotherapist Lt. Col. Denise Lemon said many BSC providers are able to bring their services to Airmen in their work centers. . On a recent afternoon, she and Staff Sgt. Anthony Flores, physiotherapist technician, spent time set up in a warehouse used by the 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron. Airmen lined up to have their shoulders taped, elbows examined and back adjustments made.
“They might never come to Groupe Med. But when we come to them, they line up to see us,” Flores said.
Lemon said thanks in part to outreach efforts, the number of 380th staff on a medical profile has been down since November.
“The BSC is the most diverse body in the medical field,” she said. “We like to think of ourselves as the glue that holds everything together.”
According to a 2019 report, across the Air Force, more than 2,400 officers supported by 1,000 civilians and 5,800 enlisted members make up the BSC. Air Force-wide, the BSC includes physical therapists, optometrists, podiatric surgeons, physician assistants, audiologists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, occupational therapists, aerospace and operational physiologists, dietitians , bioenvironmental engineers, public health workers, medical entomologists, pharmacists, biomedical laboratory workers, and health and medical physicists.