20th MDG celebrates 4A/MSC Appreciation Week 2017

The Amazing Race consisted of two teams running all over base and taking photos of themselves with certain objects for a scavenger hunt.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Group participate in an Amazing Race event during the annual 4A/MSC Appreciation Week at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 1, 2017. The Amazing Race consisted of two teams running all over base and taking photos of themselves with certain objects for a scavenger hunt. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Maldonado)

The 20th Medical Group held an appreciation week for the health administration technicians, also known as 4As, and Medical Services Corps officers.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Wells, Aerospace Medicine Squadron superintendent, hands out candy grams during the annual 4A/MSC Appreciation Week in Sumter, South Carolina, Nov. 3, 2017. The 20th Medical Group held an appreciation week for the health administration technicians, also known as 4As, and Medical Services Corps officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Maldonado)

The annual 4A/MSC Appreciation Week is a Department of Defense medical corps-wide celebration that takes place during the last week of October and celebrates the contributions of these healthcare professionals.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Group follow a tour guide at the Palmetto Health Tuomey hospital during the annual 4A/MSC Appreciation Week in Sumter, South Carolina, Nov. 2, 2017. The annual 4A/MSC Appreciation Week is a Department of Defense medical corps-wide celebration that takes place during the last week of October and celebrates the contributions of these healthcare professionals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Maldonado)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The 20th Medical Group held an appreciation week for the health administration technicians, also known as 4As, and Medical Services Corps officers at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 30 to Nov. 3.

The appreciation week activities included a kick-off breakfast at the 20th MDG, a “Projection of Air Power” briefing and a fellowship lunch followed by the 4A/MSC Amazing Race event. Additionally, 4As and MSCs received an opportunity to tour the Palmetto Health Tuomey hospital in Sumter, S.C. The week ended with an ice cream and cupcake social at the 20th MDG.

Approximately 40 4As and MSCs participated in the week’s events.

“Sometimes it’s a thankless job, but we enjoy doing it,” said Tech Sgt. Kathy Lashley, 20th Aerospace Medical Squadron flight medicine records noncommissioned officer in charge. “We may not be the doctor or the technician, but we’re the ones giving you that smile when you come in or making sure that your medication is here. We make sure everything is safe and that everything gets done.”

The annual 4A/MSC Appreciation Week is a Department of Defense medical corps-wide celebration that takes place during the last week of October and celebrates the contributions and dedication of these healthcare professionals. This year’s theme was “Trusted Care … We Get It Done.”

"This week celebrates the special bond 4As and MSCs share and recognizes the hard work we do for the Air Force Medical Service and throughout the Air Force,” said Lt. Col. Joi Dozier, 20th MDG administrator. “It also gives us time for fellowship and reflect on each career field's accomplishments, both in-garrison and in deployed environments."

Lashley went on to say she thinks the appreciation week is a good morale booster and is a good way to celebrate the 4As and MSCs and their hard work.

The annual 4A/MSC Appreciation Week is a way to celebrate and show gratitude to health care administrators who ensure the medical staff have everything necessary to provide high-quality care at home or deployed.