by Senior Airman Justin Creech
137th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
7/31/2015 - NORMAN, Okla. -- Airmen
from Will Rogers Air National Guard base provided support for The
Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System's second annual health fair event
at Little Axe Health Clinic here, July 31, 2015.
Members of the 137th Air Refueling Wing's Medical Group, Air National
Guard Recruiting Office and 146th Air Support Operations Squadron set up
displays featuring CPR manikin, litters to illustrate combat care,
self-aid buddy care and a Humvee to demonstrate individual first aid kit
The Medical Group was happy to take time to share an aspect of WRANGB's mission with the local community.
"We like to interact with the community because a lot of people aren't
aware our base exists," said Tech Sgt. Krystle Slater, 137 Medical Group
health systems specialist. "So, it's a chance to increase our
The Medical Group participated, in part, because of an internal
relationship with the Absentee Shawnee Tribe Health Center. Mark Rogers,
Absentee Shawnee Tribe Health Center executive director, is also the
137 Medical Group rediness officer. Rogers feels it is important the ANG
supports the Shawnee tribe since aspects of the guard culture can
contribute to growth in Absentee Shawnee Tribe wellness.
"Health and wellness is important across the board," said Rogers.
"Serving in the guard teaches members to maintain a healthy lifestyle,
which provides us with a better tribal member and for a more vibrant
Providing support for an important local organization like The Absentee
Shawnee Tribe is an added benefit of going to the fair for Slater.
"Every civilian should know the military is here to support them," said
Slater. "We want the Absentee Shawnee Tribe to know they are a part of
the community as well."
The fair kicked off with remarks from Edwina Butler-Wolfe, Absentee Shawnee Tribe governor.
"I appreciate the community outreach," said Butler-Wolfe. "The guard
being here provides more comfort since you know someone outside of the
tribe is willing to offer help."