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Medics-R-Awesome Day

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  • Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
On Dec. 18, 2020, the 5th Medical Group hosted a “Medics-R-Awesome Day” for the medical professionals at Minot Air Force Base to honor and show appreciation for all that our medical professionals have done in the fight against COVID-19.
“This idea came down from General Ray”, said Col. Lisa Bader, 5th Bomb Wing Medical Group Commander. “It’s our way of thanking the medical professionals for their hard work and dedication.”
The events started off with opening remarks from leaders on and off base. Speakers included Col. Walters and Col. Menuey, the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing commanders, comments from congressional leaders, as well as remarks and presentations from Col. Bader. Shaun Sipma, Mayor of the City of Minot, was also in attendance to show his support and recognize the medical team at Minot AFB.
“Ten Months ago we really started to ramp everything up here at the 5th Med Group”, said SMSgt Rachael Knight, 5th Medical Group Superintendent. “We had extremely low manning. We ended up having augmentees from all over the base come help us out so we could accomplish our mission in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic.”
After the opening ceremony, the 5th MDG gathered in front of the medical building to take a photo with everyone together as one team. Once the photo showing the whole team that worked tirelessly throughout the year was complete, the team was dismissed to a catered lunch presented by the Minot AFB first sergeants.
Additionally, to show their appreciation, the 54th Helicopter Squadron gave incentive flights to the medical groups top performers, giving them the opportunity to take a ride in their helicopters.
“We wanted to show our Airmen that they are appreciated by Team Minot”, said Bader. “They have spent long hours, sometimes seven days a week, to ensure that the base is operational. Their actions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have been exceptional.”
Though the day designated to recognize our medical professionals may have come to a close, the feeling of appreciation certainly does not. Through all the trials and tribulations that the global pandemic has presented, the 5th Medical Group has gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of everyone. Their efforts have served to allow Team Minot to stay mission ready without skipping a beat, despite all the challenges placed in their way. Their hard work and sacrifice has been truly instrumental in keeping Team Minot strong.