AF Surgeon General visits Liberty Airmen

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  • By Airman Eli Chevalier
  • 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England – Lt. Gen. Mark A. Ediger, Surgeon General of the Air Force, visited the 48th Medical Group at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, July 25.

Ediger observed various medical sections, ranging from the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program, to Women’s Health.

“The capability you have here is important to the mission,” Ediger said, during a briefing with 48th MDG leadership.

At an all-call, Ediger addressed Liberty medics to discuss the significance of their mission and how their effort to provide superb quality-of-care directly enhances the well-being of Liberty Airmen and their families.

Ediger emphasized the importance of medical care, reminiscing on the life-saving treatment provided by Air Force medics during the Battle of Mogadishu, the event that inspired the movie, “Black Hawk Down.”

“We do what we do even though it’s hard, and we wear our uniform because we are part of a mission that is extremely important,” Ediger said.

Ediger became Surgeon General in June 2015. As Surgeon General of the Air Force, he manages a healthcare system of 2.6 million beneficiaries and advises the Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff on the medical and health aspects of the Air Force.