MXW opens new medical facility

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  • By Wayne Crenshaw
  • 78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
A ribbon-cutting ceremony traditionally begins with a narrator introducing the official party, with a round of applause following the reading of each name.

That didn't happen Monday during a ceremony to open the 402nd Maintenance Wing's new Occupational Medicine Facility.

Brig. Gen. Lee Levy, wing commander, interrupted and quickly introduced all the leaders. He said he wanted to get on with the ceremony so all the 40 or so people in attendance could get back to work.

That's how much time is of the essence in the 402nd these days, and it's also a key reason for the new medical facility. Located just off the flightline, in Bldg. 155, workers can be treated for minor injuries without having to travel across the base to the medical clinic.

"That's what this facility is all about ... supporting the warfighter by supporting the human weapon system that keeps the iron flowing out the door here toward the AOR," said Levy.

The facility will be staffed by a nurse practitioner and be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

While Levy said he expects she will be busy, he said he hopes members of the 402nd will strive, through good safety practices, to make her like "the Maytag repairman."