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59th Medical Wing seeks hero’s name for tech school dorm

Staff Sgt. Mark Visita, 59th Training Group military training leader, marches technical training students to class April 14, 2016, on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Less than two dozen military training leaders are responsible for more than 5,000 technical training students annually. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Ellis)

The 59th Medical Wing is seeking input on a project to rededicate the Air Force dormitory at the Medical Education and Training Campus on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. The wing hopes to rededicate the building in honor of an Air Force enlisted medic who has made lasting and significant contributions to the enlisted medical corps, or who has made the ultimate sacrifice while performing the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Ellis)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- The 59th Medical Wing is on a quest, and it needs help from warrior medics across the Air Force. It wants a hero’s name on the Air Force dormitory at the Medical Education and Training Campus on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

Since establishing the dormitory in August 2010 for Air Force students coming from basic training, it has been known only as the “Air Force dorm,” said Chief Master Sgt. David Little, 59th Training Group superintendent.

“We can do better. We are on a mission to find a name that will resonate with those who start their Air Force medical careers right here at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston,” he said.

The wing hopes to rededicate the building in honor of an Air Force enlisted medic who has made lasting and significant contributions to the enlisted medical corps, or who has made the ultimate sacrifice while performing the mission, said Senior Master Sgt. Scott Lowell, senior enlisted advisor for the department of diagnostic services and lead for the rededication project.

“They say you need to know where you came from to know where you’re going,” Lowell said.

The 59th TRG is responsible for educating 12,500 Airmen medics annually. The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission directed the relocation of all medical technical training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, to JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.

The move ensured the world’s finest medics, corpsmen and technicians would train under one roof, but nearly 60 years of Air Force Heritage was also lost, Lowell explained.

“We want our new warrior medics to learn about the medics who came before them and the challenges they had to overcome,” he said. “That’s why we need help finding the best candidates to name the dormitory building after.”

The 59th TRG has worked with Air Force historians to find suitable candidates worthy of a building memorialization, but seeking input from Airmen around the world will help the wing make the best choice.

“We want to ensure we are considering all possible candidates,” Lowell said.

To submit a nomination, forward the candidate’s name and contributions to Lowell at usaf.jbsa.59-trg.mbx.inbox@mail.mil. The group would like all nominations by July 1, 2016. For more information, call Lowell at 210-808-5308.
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