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54th Biomedical Services Corps Appreciation week

Members assigned to the 20th Medical Group have a cookout outside 20th Medical Group building at Shaw Air Force Base, Feb. 1, 2019.

Members assigned to the 20th Medical Group (MDG) have a cookout outside 20th MDG building at Shaw Air Force Base, Feb. 1, 2019. The cookout was in honor of the Biomedical Service Corps, initiated 54 years ago for the 18 MDG specialties not covered by primary care providers, from optometry and physical therapy to public health. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Brewer)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Team Shaw Biomedical Science Corps celebrates the 54th anniversary of appreciation, Jan. 28 to Feb.1.

The BSC appreciation week was created to honor the heritage of the corps while recognizing the achievements of the doctors that make up Team Shaw BSC, said Capt. Ana Chavis, 20th Medical Group Pharmacist.

This week recognizes the importance of each Medical Group specialty mission in the Air Force. The BSC includes a variety of specialties not covered by primary care providers, such as optometry, physical therapy, public health, pharmacy, and psychology.

“Bioenvironmental engineering is important to the mission because we assist shop supervisors in identifying potential health hazards ensuring everyman can safely perform their duties to fly, fight and win,” said Capt. James Graham, 20th Medical Group Bioenvironmental Engineer. “We also bring very in-depth Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defense capabilities (CBRN) to the fight.”

The week also provides the chance to meet other officers in different specialties.

“BSC week gives us an opportunity to take a break from our daily routines and catch up with other medical personnel,” said Graham. “Just because we work in the same building doesn’t mean we have an opportunity to interact with other sections on a daily basis. Making a point to set time aside and catch up with each other during BSC week enables us to learn what various career fields contribute to the mission.”

BSCs are the epitome of how diversity brings strength to our Air Force Medical Service. With 18 different medical specialties contributing to medical enterprise, BSC Corps truly provides the backbone of strength to the Air Force, said L Col. Christian Lyons, 20th Medical Group commander.