445 AMDS plays critical role in Airmen readiness

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  • By Stacy Vaughn
  • 445th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

When it comes to keeping our wing’s warfighters medically qualified and ready to deploy, the 445th Aerospace Medicine Squadron’s 125 Airmen play a crucial role in making that happen.


During unit training assembly weekends, the 445th AMDS conducts flying/non-flying physicals, dental exams, blood draws, audiograms, urinalysis, eye exams, gas mask inserts, world-wide duty (WWD)/fitness profiles, record reviews, deployment processing and immunizations. The squadron’s Airmen are divided into clinical and support areas, consisting of: aerospace medicine, health services administration, nursing services, dental services, optometry services, occupational health, laboratory services, drug demand reduction, and medical logistics. The squadron conducts about 170 physicals a month during UTAs.


During the weekdays, the Air Reserve Technician staff follows up with paperwork on flying waivers; profiles; WWD/fit for duty (FFD) waivers; medical evaluation and physical evaluation boards; line of duty determinations (LODs); physical closeouts; lab test results; deployment processing; initial and flying physicals; medical records dispositions; and orderly room administrative functions for wing members. The squadron provides education and medical guidance to its sister medical units (the aeromedical evaluation and aeromedical staging squadrons) and wing senior leadership.


In addition, AMDS provides highly trained medics, medical administrators (medical service corps - MSCs), nurses, dentists, and physicians for deployment to the area of responsibility, local 88th Medical Group assistance and TDY/humanitarian needs, such as Operation Tropic Care.