by Tech. Sgt. Joshua C. Allmaras
124th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
12/15/2015 - GOWEN FIELD, Idaho -- The
124th Medical Group and two Airmen from the medical group were
presented with national-level awards during a surprise ceremony at the
base clinic here Dec. 5, 2015.
Out of the 90 wings across the Air National Guard, the group received
the Surgeon General Award for Best Clinic of the Year, Master Sgt. Mindi
Anderson received the SNCO Organizational Management Excellence Award,
and Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goodman was named the Outstanding Aerospace
Medicine NCO of the Year.
"Being recognized as the best for this year is huge," said Col. Brandon
Isaacs, 124th Medical Group commander. "Everyone has been working their
tail ends off and we are getting recognized for it."
"The medical group does an outstanding job," said Brig. Gen. Michael
Nolan, assistant adjutant general, Idaho National Guard. "They are very
professional and they have a service focused attitude, which is a huge
part of why they are so successful. They take care of the wing very well
and that's what they are being recognized for."
The group was selected for many reasons, one of them was for
implementing innovative ways of helping Airmen accomplish their annual
"The 124th Medical Group developed a physical health assessment festival
that allowed them to accomplish more than 900 PHAs and 200 occupational
exams in just two days," said Col. Tim Donnellan, the commander of the
124th Fighter Wing. "One of the biggest impacts of this festival was the
time savings for the fighter wing. Every hour at drill is critical to
maintaining our readiness and the medical group returned more than 975
of these precious training hours back to us with this innovative event."
Increasing efficiency allowed the medical group to maintain the Airmen
of the wing's readiness at a high level, which is another reason why
they were selected.
"Not only did our medical professionals implement a time saving annual
event, but they maintained our individual mobilization rate for the
entire 124th Fighter Wing at 91 percent," said Donnellan. "Our IMR rate
was only topped by one other wing."
Taking care of Airmen and their medical requirements is one of the core
responsibilities of the medical community. However, they still have to
maintain their own readiness.
"The 124 Medical Group participated in both Patriot and Operation
Pathfinder Minuteman exercises. During Patriot more than 30 members
completed their expeditionary medical support systems training and
during Pathfinder Minuteman more than 25 medics trained on joint
civilian disaster responses processes, supporting our State Mission,"
Anderson, an education and training manager, was the recipient of the
SNCO Organizational Management Excellence award. She was nominated and
selected for her many accomplishments, but one in particular saved the
government a significant amount of money.
"Master Sgt. Anderson exemplifies Excellence in All We Do," said
Donnellan. "She eliminated more than $42,000 in outsourcing costs
associated with training guardsmen in basic life support, which was a
direct savings to our Air National Guard and Air Force. Every effort to
stretch our resources during our current budgetary constraints allows us
to maintain our war fighting capability."
Goodman, a flight and operational medical technician, received the 2015
Outstanding Aerospace Medicine NCO of the Year Award. Like Anderson, her
nomination package was full of many accomplishments, but one in
particular stood out from the rest.
"Tech. Sgt. Goodman is an outstanding Airman," said Donnellan. "She
volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan and while there, cared for more
than 38 patients during a mass casualty response. Her efforts were
attributed to saving lives."
All of these accomplishments for the medical group, Anderson, and
Goodman are just the tip of the iceberg of why they received national
recognition. Their selection brings great pride to those in the wing
"I am extremely proud of the 124th Medical Group, along with Master Sgt.
Anderson and Tech. Sgt. Goodman for their recognition." said Donnellan.
"They are leading the pack in the medical community and these awards
"I'm just privileged to serve as the commander," said Isaacs. "They make
my life a lot easier because of the devotion and the desire for success
that they have imprinted in their brains and it goes to the very core
of their being. To put it plainly, some people say my unit bleeds blue
and they love what they do and I am proud to be part of it."
The Air National Guard uses their medical award program to identify and
recognize outstanding performers in 36 different categories. Those
nominated and selected at the ANG level have the potential of being
submitted to compete at the Air Force level.