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374th Medical Group streamlines patient care

On August 28th, 2020, the 374th Medical Group re-designated two of its medical squadrons at Yokota Air Base, Japan, to better streamline healthcare for active duty and non-active duty patients.

Col. Iris Reedom, 374th Medical Group commander, addresses the crowd at the Medical Group re-designation ceremony, at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 28, 2020. The 374th Medical Group re-designated two of its medical squadrons to better streamline healthcare for active duty and non-active duty patients. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryann Holzapfel)

On August 28th, 2020, the 374th Medical Group re-designated two of its medical squadrons at Yokota Air Base, Japan, to better streamline healthcare for active duty and non-active duty patients.

On August 28th, 2020, the 374th Medical Group re-designated two of its medical squadrons at Yokota Air Base, Japan, to better streamline healthcare for active duty and non-active duty patients. The 374th Aerospace Medicine Squadron was renamed as the 374th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron. The 374th OMRS primary care providers will see all active duty members seeking care. The 374th Medical Operations Squadron was renamed as the 374th Healthcare Operations Squadron. The 374th HOS primary care providers will prioritize non-active duty members and children for patient care.

On August 28th, 2020, the 374th Medical Group re-designated two of its medical squadrons at Yokota Air Base, Japan, to better streamline healthcare for active duty and non-active duty patients.

Lt. Col. Kenisha Heath, 374th Healthcare Operations Squadron commander, renders a salute to Col. Iris Reedom, 374th Medical Group commander, after the official presentation of the 374th Healthcare Operations Squadron guidon, at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 28, 2020. The 374th Medical Operations Squadron was renamed as the 374th Healthcare Operations Squadron, which will serve as the primary care provider for non-active duty members and children for patient care. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryann Holzapfel)

On August 28th, 2020, the 374th Medical Group re-designated two of its medical squadrons at Yokota Air Base, Japan, to better streamline healthcare for active duty and non-active duty patients.

Lt. Col. Cassandra Gilbert, 374th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron commander, renders a salute to Col. Iris Reedom, 374th Medical Group Commander, after the official presentation of the 374th Operational Medical Readiness guidon, at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 28, 2020. The 374th Aerospace Medicine Squadron was renamed as the 374th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron and will serve as the primary care provider for all active duty members seeking medical care. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryann Holzapfel)

On August 28th, 2020, the 374th Medical Group re-designated two of its medical squadrons at Yokota Air Base, Japan, to better streamline healthcare for active duty and non-active duty patients.

Ceremony narrator Tech. Sgt. Nathan Pinkston, 374th Healthcare Operations Squadron Mental Health Flight Chief, addresses the crowd at the Medical Group re-designation ceremony, Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 28, 2020. The 374th Medical Group re-designated two of its medical squadrons to provide increased individual medical readiness for active-duty members while still supplying quality care to beneficiaries. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryann Holzapfel)

On August 28th, 2020, the 374th Medical Group re-designated two of its medical squadrons at Yokota Air Base, Japan, to better streamline healthcare for active duty and non-active duty patients.

Ceremony narrator Tech. Sgt. Nathan Pinkston, 374th Healthcare Operations Squadron Mental Health Flight Chief, provides opening remarks as Col. Iris Reedom, 374th Medical Group commander, Lt. Col. Cassandra Gilbert, 374th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Kenisha Heath, 374th Healthcare Operations Squadron commander, preside over the Medical Group re-designation ceremony, at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 28, 2020. The 374th Medical Group re-designated two of its medical squadrons to better streamline healthcare for active duty and non-active duty patients as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryann Holzapfel)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan --

On August 28th, 2020, the 374th Medical Group re-designated two of its medical squadrons at Yokota Air Base, Japan, to better streamline healthcare for active duty and non-active duty patients.

The squadron reformation was recognized during a re-designation ceremony at the Yokota Officer Club with Col. Iris Reedom, 374th Medical Group commander, presiding and Col. Andrew Campbell, 374th Airlift Wing commander, in attendance.

“As part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (NDAA), Congress directed all of the Air Force Surgeon Generals to come up with a model that would structure the Military Treatment Facilities in a way that focuses on increasing medical readiness, while simultaneously taking care of our non-active duty patients”, said Reedom. 

Across the Air Force, the NDAA has resulted in the restructuring of 50 military hospitals and clinics to provide increased individual medical readiness for active-duty members in support of combat operations, while still supplying quality care to beneficiaries of those who serve.

To meet the intent of the NDAA at Yokota, the 374th Aerospace Medicine Squadron has been renamed as the 374th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, with the 374th OMRS primary care providers set to provide care to all active-duty members in need of medical care.

The 374th Medical Operations Squadron has also been renamed as the 374th Healthcare Operations Squadron, with the 374th HOS primary care providers set to prioritize non-active duty members and children for patient care.

Despite the change in name and in primary care managers for some, the change better positions the 374th MDG to continue to provide, and improve upon, the level of quality care Yokota has known them for.

 “Let us not go into this next chapter comparing ourselves to what was, but let us bravely and daringly keep our sights forward to create a new future for not only us, but those that will come after us”, said Lt. Col. Cassandra Gilbert, 374th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron commander, “With that said, let us retain the cohesive unity of our past and embrace our new members and mission with the same zeal, professionalism, agility and innovation we are known for.”