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366th Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health technicians Staff Sgt. Juan Jimenez and Airman 1st Class Justin Marshall, perform a walkthrough of their mass reintegration station, Aug. 15, 2012, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The reintegration process has proven to significantly decrease processing time and increase valuable personal time after a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shane M. Phipps)
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Mass reintegration process testament to AF efficiency

Posted 8/17/2012   Updated 8/17/2012 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Shane M. Phipps
366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

8/17/2012 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Since 1947, the Air Force has played a vital role in the outcome of various war efforts, all made possible by ensuring Airmen are healthy enough to deploy at a moment's notice.

An essential aspect in maintaining an Airman's wellbeing is making sure they transition from a deployment back to their home station in a timely and efficient manner. This is a truth the Gunfighter community is well familiar with. In fact, members of the 366th Medical Group have streamlined this process, calling it mass reintegration.

"Mass reintegration makes everyone's life easier," said Tech. Sgt. Eric Pinlac, 366th Aerospace Medicine Squadron noncommissioned-officer-in-charge of force health management. "If we have a large returning deployment, it enables the Airmen to start their rest and recuperation time sooner because everything from mandatory briefings to lab work is in one centralized location."

Staff Sgt. Juan Jimenez, 366th Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health technician, agrees the process is a shining illustration of Air Force efficiency.

"Everything is done here," exclaimed Jimenez. "It truly is a one-stop-shop."

The streamlined process has proven to significantly decrease processing time and increase valuable personal time after a deployment.

"Typically what would be a full day of in-processing upon returning is now accomplished in about three hours depending on the number of Airmen returning," explained Pinlac.

About 20 technicians are involved with operating the reintegration, all with the primary priority of getting patients through quickly yet attentively, and respectfully.

"When they come back we want to make sure that all the care they need before they go on their rest and recuperation is identified," said Pinlac. "If a minor follow-up is needed we will take care of it when they get back, so we don't cut into their rest and recuperation time."

For the technicians of the reintegration process, making a positive impact on the lives of their brothers-and sisters-in-arms is what makes it all worthwhile.

"It makes me feel great knowing I can get people back to their families sooner, and that I am contributing to the Air Force mission by taking care of our Gunfighters," explained Jimenez.

Anyone wishing to set up the mass reintegration process for more than ten Airmen can contact public health at 828-7280.

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