by Senior Airman Janelle Patiño
92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
3/30/2015 - FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- The
92nd Medical Group hosted a Business AfterSchool Program to give
students from Mead and Mt. Spokane High Schools the opportunity to learn
about the military and the medical field March 26.
The program is a series of Industry Week Open House events for students,
educators, parents and community organizations that provide on-site
awareness of Spokane's high-demand industries highlighting new
technology, research, development and innovation.
The 92nd MDG participates in this program annually. This year, the group
hosted 15 students, three teachers and two representatives from the
Greater Spokane Incorporated, Spokane Chamber of Commerce.
"Participants received briefings and tours from five different sections
within the medical treatment facility," said Lt. Col. Troy McGill, the
92nd MDG Business AfterSchool Program representative. "Briefers shared
several facts from what they do in the clinic, the training required and
how they impact the Air Force mission."
According to McGill, their goal is to connect the students to business,
military, medical or other areas they may have an interest in.
"The Air Force offers a great deal of opportunity to students who may
want to enter a technical field right out of high school," said McGill.
"Our medical technicians also work in all facets of health care from
dental to flight medicine."
According to Airman 1st Class Nathan Dillow, a 92nd Medical Operations
Squadron medical technician, it's good to help and give students advice
on what options are available for them.
"It's a privilege to be able to help them get a step ahead in their
decision making and not be stuck and not know what to do," Dillow said.
"The program also gave us the opportunity to share what military life is
all about and what types of opportunities are available for them
whenever they decide to join."
Sanjay Kubsad, a senior student at Mead High School, said the program
broadened his knowledge not just about the medical field but also about
"I joined the program so I can explore different parts of the medical
field, and I'm glad we got to visit the base and explore different
facilities of the clinic," Kubsad said. "It's interesting to see what
jobs and career paths are being offered in the military."
According to McGIll, participating in the program also serves as an outreach to the community.
"Fostering strong relationships with local communities is not only
beneficial for the MDG but also for the base as a whole," McGill said.
For more information about the program, call Lt. Col. McGill at (509) 247- 8481.