Ceremony held for 87th Medical Group reorganization

By 87th Air Base Wing Public Affairs | 87th Air Base Wing Public Affairs office | July 1, 2019


The 87th Medical Group Reorganization ceremony was held June 28, 2019 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

The Air Force Medical Service maintains the force’s most valuable weapon system – its people.

“Military medicine is transforming to optimize our ability to provide medical-ready forces and ready medical forces in support of Air Force, joint, and Total Force missions and evolving national security priorities.” Col. Lennen, 87th Medical Group Commander, said, “Put simply, this is about readiness.”

Changes to Joint Base MDL are not new. With the creation of the joint base, the dental squadron moved from the 305th Medical Group to the 87th Air Base Wing’s Medical Group and was activated on March 3, 2009. The 87th Dental Squadron has the unique challenge of being the sole dental facility on the Department of Defense's only tri-service base.

The re-designation of the of the 87th Aerospace Medical Squadron to the 87th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron will align functions directly supporting total force operational medical support into a single squadron. This will ensure the medical readiness of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines by providing human performance enhancement, sustainment and recovery. The re-designation of the 87th Medical Operations Squadron to the 87th Healthcare Operations Squadron will align care for non-active duty services and patients.

“This new structure drives a focus on proactively managing active-duty medical care and will allow us to return service members back to full mission capability faster,” said Lennen.

Reforming our Medical group organizational structure enhances the Air Force’s ability to proactively manage Total Force medical care to improve personnel availability and rapidly restore readiness, deployability, and force lethality.

Please follow the link for more details on the AFMS’s reorganization.