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Med group squadrons begin new chapters after redesignation

AMDS, MDOS begin new chapters after redesignation

Col. Kevin McCal (center), 82nd Medical Group commander, and the leadership of the 82nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron and 82nd Health Care Operations Squadron present the newly designated squadrons during a ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 26, 2019. The 82nd OMRS, commanded by Lt. Col. Elisha Parkhill (left), and the 82nd HCOS, commanded by Lt. Col. Scott Jensen (right), were formerly the 82nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron and the 82nd Medical Operations Squadron, respectively. Also pictured include 82nd OMRS Superintendent Master Sgt. Carrie Fierro and 82nd HCOS Superintendent Master Sgt. Pablo Aguilar. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

AMDS, MDOS begin new chapters after redesignation

Lt. Col. Elisha Parkhill, 82nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron commander, and Airman 1st Class Austin Geer unfurl the guidon of the new squadron during a ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 26, 2019. The transition of the 82nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron to the 82nd OMRS is part of the transformation within the Air Force Medical Service, and the 82nd OMRS will now focus on the warfighter by proactively treating active-duty Airmen and improving their ability to support the mission. Also pictured is 82nd OMRS Superintendent Master Sgt. Carrie Fierro. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

AMDS, MDOS begin new chapters after redesignation

Lt. Col. Elisha Parkhill (right), 82nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron commander, and Airman 1st Class Austin Geer prepare to case the 82nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron guidon during a ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 26, 2019. The transition of the 82nd AMDS to the 82nd OMRS is part of the transformation within the Air Force Medical Service, and the 82nd OMRS now focus on the warfighter by proactively treating active-duty Airmen and improving their ability to support the mission. Also pictured is 82nd OMRS Superintendent Master Sgt. Carrie Fierro. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

AMDS, MDOS begin new chapters after redesignation

Col. Kevin McCal, 82nd Medical Group commander, presents the newly unfurled 82nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron guidon to 82nd OMRS Commander Lt. Col. Elisha Parkhill during a ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 26, 2019. The 82nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron was redesignated the 82nd MORS during the ceremony as part of a historic change taking place within the Air Force Medical Service. Also pictured is squadron Superintendent Master Sgt. Carrie Fierro. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

AMDS, MDOS begin new chapters after redesignation

Lt. Col. Elisha Parkhill, 82nd Health Care Operations Squadron commander, prepares to case the 82nd Medical Operations Squadron guidon during a ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 26, 2019. The transition of the 82nd MDOS to the 82nd HCOS is part of the transformation within the Air Force Medical Service, and the 82nd HCOS will provide the same high-quality care for Sheppard's dependent and retire communities. Also pictured is squadron Superintendent Master Sgt. Pablo Aguilar. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

AMDS, MDOS begin new chapters after redesignation

Lt. Col. Scott Jensen (right), 82nd Health Care Operations Squadron commander, and Airman 1st Class Brennan Damota unfurl the guidon of the new squadron during a ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 26, 2019. The transition of the 82nd Medical Operations Squadron to the 82nd HCOS is part of the transformation within the Air Force Medical Service, and the 82nd HCOS will provide high-quality care for Sheppard's dependent and retiree communities. Also pictured is squadron Superintendent Master Sgt. Pablo Aguilar. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

AMDS, MDOS begin new chapters after redesignation

Col. Kevin McCal, 82nd Medical Group commander, presents the newly unfurled 82nd Health Care Operations Squadron guidon to 82nd HCOS Commander Lt. Col. Scott Jensen during a ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 26, 2019. The 82nd Medical Operations Squadron was redesignated the 82nd HCOS during the ceremony as part of a historic change taking place within the Air Force Medical Service. Also pictured is squadron Superintendent Master Sgt. Pablo Aguilar. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- A new chapter began for two 82nd Medical Group units here Aug. 26, 2019, when the 82nd Aerospace Medicine and 82nd Medical Operation squadrons were redesignated as part of the most rapid and systemic transformation of the Air Force Medical Service in its 70-year history.

The 82nd AMDS has been redesignated as the 82nd Operation Medical Readiness Squadron, and the 82nd MDOS is now the 82nd Health Care Operations Squadron.

Under the Air Force-wide changes that are rolling out, the 82nd OMRS will focus on the warfighter by proactively treating active-duty Airmen and improving their ability to support the mission. The 82nd HCOS will continue to provide quality care to its dependent and retiree populations.

82nd MDG Commander Col. Kevin McCal, who officiated the ceremony, said while the structural make-up of the squadrons will be slightly different under the new designations, the foundation created by the units that came before them will still be there as they begin this new chapter of healthcare on Sheppard.

“In the end, what people will get in service is the same service they got prior to these names changing,” he said. “Again, top-notch, high-quality, premier care. Our focus is always on those who come through these doors. That’s what we do.”

During the redesignation ceremony, Lt. Col. Elisha Parkhill, 82nd OMRS commander, cased the guidon of the 82nd AMDS, signaling the end of the squadron, and unfurled that of the 82nd OMRS to mark its beginning. Lt. Col. Scott Jensen, 82nd HCOS commander, did the same as the squadron transitions from the 82nd MDOS to the new designation.

Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg said in an Aug. 12, 2019, transformation update that’s spanning the entire AFMS will affect medics and patients alike, although in different ways.

“Making these changes and getting them right is not an easy process,” she said. “It requires deliberate decision-making and feedback from our medics so we can adjust course when needed.”

As such, the alignment of clinics will be different and the transition continues.

McCal said the bottom line is the 82nd MDG will continue to meet its mission and vision, which is to provide mission-focused, safe and reliable healthcare.

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