Story by SrA Vernon Walter on 09/03/2019CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - The 27th Special Operations Medical Group redesignated the 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron to the 27th Special Operations Operational Medical Readiness Squadron and the 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron to the 27th Special Operations Health Care Operational Squadron during a ceremony August 29, 2019, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.
The redesignation was done to enhance the 27 SOMDG's medical readiness while still maintaining their commitment to patient centered healthcare. The 27 SOOMRS will solely focus on active duty service member's care, while the 27 SOHCOS will medically manage all non-active duty beneficiaries.
"As part of the Special Operations Command, our number one priority is the medical readiness for the 27th Special Operations Wing" said Col. Sanjay Gogate, 27th Special Operations Medical Group commander. "This re-organization will make us more efficient in our care for our patients and increase our ability to support the mission."
In summer 2018, Air Combat Command launched a plan to improve squadron readiness, build better joint leaders, and foster unit-level innovation across the 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The 366th Medical Group was reorganized into two squadrons: an Operational Medicine Squadron and a Health Care Operations Squadron.
Based on the initial success of this plan, the Secretary of the Air Force directed that clinics within the continental U.S. implement an operational medical readiness model based on the Mountain Home plan by summer 2019.
"This redesignation is going to make everything more efficient," said Staff Sgt. Taja Stanton, 27th Special Operations Health Care Operational Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of immunizations. "It's going to make healthcare across the branches more universal. It's going to help us and the Air Force as a whole have a more standardized system."
The changes to the squadrons will prove themselves to being a more focused and specialized medical group, which in turn will keep Cannon a premiere installation.