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Appalachian Care 2019: Michigan ANG leads joint medical training mission serving Virginia community
U.S. Air Force Maj. Joshua Metzger, optometrist, 127th Medical Group, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan, examines a patient during Appalachian Care Innovative Readiness Training 2019 at Wise County Fairgrounds, Wise, Virginia, Aug. 18, 2019. Appalachian Care IRT takes place Aug. 16-29 to provide medical, dental, optometry and veterinary care to assist local health and municipal authorities in addressing underserved and unmet community health and civic needs in Wise, Virginia, while simultaneously conducting deployment and readiness training for military personnel. Innovative Readiness Training is the only hands-on training opportunity authorized to operate within the United States. During Appalachian Care IRT, medical operations are staged at one physical location at Wise County Fairgrounds. Units also conduct critical mission training and logistical movement to simulate hands-on deployment readiness operations and health care delivery in times of crisis, conflict or disaster. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Andrew Layton)