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AF Surgeon General visits Holloman

Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Chief, Medical Enlisted Force, center, greets 49th Medical Group personnel before a mission brief, Sept. 10, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The AF medical leadership discussed the future of Air Force medical practices, predicting that less face-to-face interactions will become the new normal across AF medical facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

AF Surgeon General visits Holloman

Airman 1st Class Bethany Taylor, 49th Medical Group biomedical equipment technician, left, discusses medical logistics with Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, Sept, 10, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Medical logistics played an essential part in the COVID-19 relief preparations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

AF Surgeon General visits Holloman

Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, right, talks with Senior Airman Marcus Pyle, 49th Medical Group technician, Sept. 10, 2020 on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Hogg was able to meet with many Holloman medical professionals throughout her visit to get a better understanding of the various roles and accomplishments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

AF Surgeon General visits Holloman

Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, center, observes bioenvironmental equipment with Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Chief, Medical Enlisted Force, Left, Sept. 10, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The AF Medical leadership team visited different 49th Medical Group squadrons to view their operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

AF Surgeon General visits Holloman

Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, third from left, discusses preventative COVID-19 measures with Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Chief, Medical Enlisted Force, and other members from the 49th Medical Group, Sept. 10, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 49th MDG implemented various preventative measures, including splitting their personnel into two separate teams to avoid cross-contamination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

AF Surgeon General visits Holloman

Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, right, bumps elbows with Capt. Amber Clayton, 49th Medical Group mental health provider, Sept. 10, 2020 on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Hogg visited various Holloman medical facilities to view how they have adapted patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, and Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Chief, Medical Enlisted Force, visited Holloman AFB, Sept. 10.

Along with Col. Michael Higgins, Air Education and Training Command Surgeon General, and Chief Master Sgt. Janet Woodward, AETC Chief, Medical Enlisted Force, the team visited various medical facilities to see each clinic’s innovative efforts and how they are maintaining operations and readiness. 

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 49th Medical Group implemented various preventative measures, including splitting their personnel into two separate teams to avoid cross-contamination. The team also started integrating telehealth into their operations to minimize physical interaction.

Although the pandemic has created obstacles, Holloman medical professionals continued patient care and remained current on all required training.

“Holloman’s total force has implemented innovative changes and training practices to stay efficient and maintain the mission during the pandemic,” said Kolczynski. “They have also remained up-to-date on training that equips Airmen here to sustain medical readiness.”

Hogg and Kolczynski also led an All Call during their visit and discussed the future of Air Force health practices.

“I am very proud of the work the 49th MDG is doing,” said Hogg. “The pandemic capabilities they have displayed is a model for the future. Operating in an environment with less face-to-face interactions is something we can expect to continue to use once we return to our new normal and I am excited to see how Holloman’s medics increase these capabilities.”

Despite the current pandemic, AF and AETC medical leadership teams received a first-hand look at how medical professionals at the base level are fighting through and taking an innovative approach to patient care and medical readiness.