Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Maria Bond - 9/28/2017 9:14:59 PM
Here is a picture of our morning brief, after yet another 16 hour day.
Although our patient loads are still not picking up, we have been maintaining 24 hour operations reporting to MEDCOM and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We continue to see private flights with very severely ill patients being evacuated off both the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Our battle rhythm continues to synchronize daily with our partners from The South Carolina Forestry Department, and the South Carolina Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT). I accepted this assignment in May, so this has been a really quick transition. However, with this type of mission, my Superintendent role has been very beneficial as my military team works closely with several civilian partners. The rapid bonding with a new team that has a common purpose has been amazing. In the picture below, I was preparing to participate in a Google hangout with some of our amazing teachers at Mt. Vernon in between working groups here in South Carolina at the Aeronautics Commission. I joked with my wife and boys that I felt like I was a real life NCIS agent. They know that NCIS is my all time favorite show. Leroy Jethro Gibbs…..You’ve got nothing on me Gunny!
1:00 a.m. The days are pretty unpredictable. We received notice at about 11:00 p.m. that there was a flight headed our way from Puerto Rico with a patient. The picture below is a gentleman being unloaded and preparing to be loaded into an ambulance and shipped to one of the local hospital partners.