181st Intelligence Wing Medics Support Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe

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  • By Lt. Col. Frank Howard
  • 181st Intelligence Wing
181st Intelligence Wing medics are supported the Indiana National Guard Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Knightstown, Indiana Jan. 10 to 25.

"As citizen Airmen, we take every opportunity to refine and increase our medical skills to better support our neighbors," said 1st Lt Landon Hinman, 181st Medical Group.

During the two week event, Racer medics utilized their skills to perform morning and evening sick-call, ensure candidates could medically participate in physical training, conducted first-aid on candidates during events, and assisted in patient education.

"We don't have the opportunity to work with youths on a regular basis," said Hinman. "It is a different set of training skills from working with adults."

The 181 IW medics are taking time-off from their civilian occupations to participate in this annual event, developed to assist at-risk teens.

"One of the many strengths of the 181st IW is the ability for our Airmen to take their military skills and take them back to their civilian employer," stated Col. Kip Clark, 181st IW commander. "Our annual participation in this event is great for the community, the teens in the program, and for our continued readiness." 

"Our Airmen are highly trained and skilled," stated Clark. "It is an honor to be able to assist our Hoosier youths at a critical point in their lives."