Story by 1st Lt. Marquel Coaxum on 04/23/2018KOTZEBUE, ALASKA (April 23, 2018) -- U.S. and Canadian servicemembers assigned to Exercise Arctic Care 2018 here received a visit from several distinguished visitors representing three branches of the U.S. military April 21, 2018.
The visitors, Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward P. Yarish, special assistant to the commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Marine Brig. Gen. Helen G. Pratt, Commanding General, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, and Army Brig. Gen. Joseph J. Streff, Assistant Adjutant General, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, toured a number of villages, meeting with service members and taking a look at the various health care services members provided in support of the Arctic Care innovative readiness training.
The visitors began the day with a mission brief led by the mission officer-in-charge Navy Cmdr. Scott Ozaki.
After the mission brief, the visitors toured the Maniilaq Health Center's gastroenterology and dental sections where they had the chance to speak with several medical care providers about the work being done in support of the mission.
After the tour, the group took a short helicopter flight aboard an Alaska National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk to the town of Noatak, Alaska. There they stopped in to speak with servicemembers at the local health clinic about operations in the village.
In between the tour and speaking with care providers, the group had time to interact with residents and other staff in the clinic and hear their thoughts on how the Arctic Care support has helped.
After a tour of the clinic and school, the members boarded the Blackhawks and returned to Kotzebue for the end of the visit.
Information about Arctic Care 2018
The Arctic Care IRT event is a joint-service multinational medical mission comprised of members of the Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, Army Reserve, Alaska Army National Guard, Coast Guard and Canadian Forces.
In addition, the Arctic Care IRT team provided critical medical, dental, optometry, and veterinary care in coordination with Maniilaq Association and civil authorities to assist local health and municipal authorities in addressing underserved and unmet community health and civic needs in 12 villages in the Northwest Arctic Borough.