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Shaw medical squadron redesignates, appoints new commander

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  • By Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Brewer
The 20th Fighter Wing Medical Operations Squadron became the 20th Healthcare Operations Squadron during a change of command and redesignation ceremony, June 21, 2019.

Lt. Col. Jamale Hart, incoming 20th HOS commander, took charge of the squadron from Lt. Col. Marquita Price, outgoing 20th MDOS commander.

The unit, which aims to deliver high quality care and enhance continuous readiness of Team Shaw, is the first squadron to redesignate in 25 years.

““This is the first major change to the Air Force Medical Service since the creation of the Objective Medical Wing construct 25 years ago when medical units were structured to be aligned and to mirror our line organizational structure. This redesignation is truly historic as it signifies a significant evolution in Air Force medicine, one that creates an organizational structure that increases the focus on our key priorities of Trusted Care and Readiness,” said Col. Christian Lyons, 20th Medical Group commander. “This is the first unit to move to this new construct to meet the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff’s medical reform vision.”

The request for the redesignation was made to reflect the increased responsibilities and capabilities of the units, people and assets of the 20th HOS Airmen.

“I couldn’t be happier with the welcome received from, ‘Team Shawsome’ in the coming days and weeks,” said Hart. “I look forward to meeting my fellow squadron commanders and learning how our mission ties to theirs. I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the dynamic Weasel Medics.”