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435th AGOW challenges medics

Two Soldiers walk towards an ambulance after jumping from a C-130J Super Hercules Dec. 18, 2015, at Alzey Drop Zone, Germany. The two were part of night-time operations designed to improve not only the Army paratroopers but also the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Two Soldiers walk towards an ambulance after jumping from a C-130J Super Hercules Dec. 18, 2015, at Alzey Drop Zone, Germany. The two were part of night-time operations designed to improve not only the Army paratroopers but also the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Tech. Sgt. Jack Williams, 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron independent duty medical technician, speaks with a fellow IDMT after completing his first jump with the 435th CRSS Dec. 18, 2015, at Alzey Drop Zone, Germany. Williams and two other medics provide the services of a medical clinic in a small package as they open new bases for the Air Force with the 435th CRSS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Tech. Sgt. Jack Williams, 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron independent duty medical technician, speaks with a fellow IDMT after completing his first jump with the 435th CRSS Dec. 18, 2015, at Alzey Drop Zone, Germany. Williams and two other medics provide the services of a medical clinic in a small package as they open new bases for the Air Force with the 435th CRSS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Members of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing gather near an ambulance during a nighttime training jump Dec. 18, 2015, at Alzey Drop Zone, Germany. Medics from the 435th AGOW waited for their fellow Airmen who dropped with paratroopers in case of an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Members of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing gather near an ambulance during a nighttime training jump Dec. 18, 2015, at Alzey Drop Zone, Germany. Medics from the 435th AGOW waited for their fellow Airmen who dropped with paratroopers in case of an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Tech. Sgt. Jose Obregon, 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron independent duty medical technician, examines a mock patient during a demonstration of IDMT duties Dec. 18, 2015, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. IDMTs from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing are not only required to know and understand tasks from the technician, nurse and doctor specializations but must also be qualified to jump alongside paratroopers establishing, building and maintaining an airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Tech. Sgt. Jose Obregon, 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron independent duty medical technician, examines a mock patient during a demonstration of IDMT duties Dec. 18, 2015, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. IDMTs from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing are not only required to know and understand tasks from the technician, nurse and doctor specializations but must also be qualified to jump alongside paratroopers establishing, building and maintaining an airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Tech. Sgt. Jose Obregon, 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron independent duty medical technician, conducts an expeditionary pregnancy test during a training session Dec. 18, 2015, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Obregon is one of three IDMTs who are qualified to conduct a variety of medical procedures normally performed by nurses and doctors while in the field. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Tech. Sgt. Jose Obregon, 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron independent duty medical technician, conducts an expeditionary pregnancy test during a training session Dec. 18, 2015, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Obregon is one of three IDMTs who are qualified to conduct a variety of medical procedures normally performed by nurses and doctors while in the field. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Airmen and Soldiers jump out of a C-130J Super Hercules during a nighttime training scenario Dec. 18, 2015, at the Alzey Drop Zone, Germany. As the paratroopers descended, they were greeted by the 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron independent duty medical technicians. The IDMTs operate with the 435th Contingency Response Group forces and were on scene in case of any medical emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Airmen and Soldiers jump out of a C-130J Super Hercules during a nighttime training scenario Dec. 18, 2015, at the Alzey Drop Zone, Germany. As the paratroopers descended, they were greeted by the 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron independent duty medical technicians. The IDMTs operate with the 435th Contingency Response Group forces and were on scene in case of any medical emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Paratroopers jump out of a C-130J Super Hercules during a nighttime training operation Dec. 18, 2015, at Alzey Drop Zone, Germany. Army paratroopers and Airmen from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing participated in a night jump to improve their skills and build service partnership as it was the first jump with the unit for some of the Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Paratroopers jump out of a C-130J Super Hercules during a nighttime training operation Dec. 18, 2015, at Alzey Drop Zone, Germany. Army paratroopers and Airmen from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing participated in a night jump to improve their skills and build service partnership as it was the first jump with the unit for some of the Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Parachuting out of a C-130J Super Hercules is just one of the many tasks independent duty medical technician Airmen are required to do at locations throughout Europe.

At home station these IDMT Airmen conduct tests and procedures to ensure Airmen have access to a laboratory, dentistry, pharmaceuticals, logistics, assessments, diagnostics, public health and bioenvironmental knowledge.

However, the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing has no medical group and is constantly on the move needing a more skills from IDMTs.

"I think the [435th Contingency Response Group] is by far the best IDMT job you can get!" said Tech. Sgt. Jack Williams, 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron IDMT. "We have a very unique mission rarely seen in the Air Force, so it's not only challenging as an IDMT but also exciting."

IDMTs must be able to provide medical assistance to members of the 435th CRG, whose mission is to open, build and maintain a base. A variety to career fields jump alongside defenders to secure and establish a working airfield. The IDMTs must be able to set up a one or two-man clinic capable of handling with most medical needs.

"It's extremely exciting to jump out of an airplane alongside other CRG members; it's one of the best memories I have," said Tech. Sgt. Jose Obregon, 435th CRSS IDMT. "We all bring unique traits to make the CRG mission happen."

For 435th CRG IDMTs to complete their mission they must pass a rigorous course said Obregon. The courses include the IDMT schooling and training conducted with the 435th AGOW. They must also be able to parachute in with the first responding forces.

Yet their training is not complete; Airmen from the 86th Medical Group train the IDMTs on their medical specialties. This is to ensure they understand medical knowledge outside their career field.
 
"I am very grateful for the Airmen of the 86th MDG," said Obregon. "I have been thousands of miles away trying to heal an injured guy and the MDG is always available when I needed them."

Whether it's training or helping Airmen in Africa or Europe, Obregon said his time with the 435th CRG and experiences as an IDMT have been great, and he recommends it to medical Airmen looking for a challenge.