TALKING TRK YE JULY 31, 2015 N EWSLETTER VOL. 9 NO. 13 Serving Izmir Air Station Trkiy e M aster Sgt. Tanya Jacquez 425th Air Base Squadron Medical Aid Station flight chief, and Tech. Sgt. Robert Wilson, 425th ABS Medical Aid Station NCO in charge test water for chlorine levels in the Izmir Club water. Independent Duty Medical Technicians Commentary by Master Sgt. Tanya Jacquez 425th Air Base Squadron Medical Aid Station flight c hief In 1947, when the Air Force separated from the Army, only 1480 service members were permitted to transfer to the A ir Force Medical Service Corp. Shortly after, the service recognized the need to develop and train its own medics and established training at MaxwellGunter Air Force Base, Alabama. Training was going well until the late 1950s when the Cold War established the need for radar sites to be built across the northern frontier. These new extremely remote locations drove the need for a more advanced medic s Since these sites typically only contained less than 100 Airmen, it was not practical to assign them with a physician, dentist or support Airmen. Additionally during the Vietnam War as small isolated stations opened up across South East Asia, the need for this hybrid Airman grew. Out of these needs, the modern day Independent Dut y Medical Technician was born. In todays Air Force, you will find IDMTs in a variety of locations. They are often the only medical asset at deployed or remote overseas locations. While stateside, you will find them at Basic M ilitary Training, Officer Training School, Cheyenne Mountain Complex and Survival school. They are the medics assigned to Squadron Medical Elements, Security Forces groups and even Red Horse squadrons. A few may even be disguised as regular medics in your Medical Treatment Facility. Trust me they are not regular medics. IDMTs are like having a little Medical Group in one individual. IDMTs are the only enlisted health care providers in the A ir Force Medical Service Corp. They can assess, evaluate, diagnose and treat any Active Duty member in the absence of a provider withi n their established protocols. T hey receive advanced training on public health functions such as facility inspections, prevention of food borne illness, disease containment, and field sanitation. They learn bioenvironmental tasks such as water sampling and heat stress measurements. They learn how to perform lab, logistics, pharmacy and medical administrative duties. They can even order an Aeromedical evacuation if the situation dictates. By now you are wondering how they do it all. IDMTs attend a 13week additional training course after meeting a long list of prerequisites. After this 13week training course they return to their base and must complete over 150 hours of training annually to maintain and advance their skills. They must see 80 patients under the direction of a physician, 24 hours in the dental clinic, 24 hours in immunizations, 4 food/facility inspections and 4 shop visits yearly. They must maintain Advanced Cardiac Life support, Emergency Medical Technician, Basic Cardiac Life Support instructor, and Self Aid Buddy Care instructor certifications. (Story continued on Page 2)
2 Editorial Staff 425th Air Base S quadron Commander Lt. Col. John M. Thomas 425th Air Base Squadron Director of Operations Capt. David J. Bresser Host Nation Adviser Contents of Talking Trkiye are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Gover nment, the Department of Defense or the Department of the Air Force. All photographs are Air Force photographs unless otherwise indicated. The editorial staff can be reached by phone at DSN 6756694 and DSN 6756698; and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and at 425abs. email@example.com The T alking Trkiye newsletter is published Fridays bi weekly Subm ission deadline f or articles is COB Monday before the publication date; submission by deadline does not guarantee publication. All submissions must be emailed or provided on a computer disk in a document format. Articles are run at the discretion of the editorial staff on a spaceavailable basis and are edited to reflect Air Force style and news format. News, feature and editorial material of the newsletter conforms to the Associated Press Style Book and Briefing on Media Law. IDMTs (Story continued from Page 1) IDMTs are constantly getting feedback from the subject matter experts in all the areas they train and visit. So next time you see one of your friendly IDMTs out and about, give them a high five or thumbs up. It will probably make their day. They are training and working hard to make sure you are getting the best level of medical care. Action Line The Action Line is your direct link to me. I use the Action Line to help identify and address your concerns when normal command and agency channels havent been able to resolve them. To submit an action line, e m ail: firstname.lastname@example.org or complete a form at NATO Building # 1 or the Izmir Consolidated Center entry control point.
3 A view from Eski Foa by the entry to the Kkdeniz Harbor where fish restaurants, discos, shops, bars and recreational areas are lined up along the shore Foa: a ni ce little fish ing town 425th Air Base Squadron Host Nation Adviser Foa a little fishing town about 45 minutes northwest of Izmir, was established in the 11th century as Phokaia in antiquity. Eski Fo a ( Old Fo a ) and Yeni Fo a ( New Fo a ) are two famous districts of Foa. Eski Foa is probably the best of the two districts for tourism. The two bays called Kkdeniz (Small Sea) and B ykdeniz (Big Se a ) resemble a half moon. All fish restaurants, discos, shops, bars and recreational areas are lined up al ong the shore. On narrow stonepaved streets, you will see little stonehouses li ned up across from each other. When walking from one end to the other, take the time to sit on one of the benches by the Five Doors Castle to watch the sunset The noise coming from the little boats coming back from fishing is a harmony that completes the day. The little seaside town receives its name from monk se als. The monk seals on the back of the ancient Phokaian coins are proof that the town has long honored these animals. Although the seal is the modern symbol of Foa, in ancient times it was the rooster, the symbol of living and early awakening. There is al so a belief among Fo a locals that there is a hidden golden rooster somewhere in the little town, sought for many years by treasure hunter s A Foa fisherman repairs nets before going out to sea in Foa, a fishing town 45 minutes northwest of Izmir. People living in Foa earn their living from fishing and tourism. While the fishermen drink their teas during the sunset, the fish collected from their nets are being sold to the restaurants One can find fresh fish like coral fish, bass and grey mullet for reasonable prices. We have special fishing tours from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those interested in fishing, said Kemal Kemiksiz, a native fisherman of Foa who has been working at the market for years. No matter whether you are a professional or an amateur, you can have a day of fun for 50 TL (Turkish lira) If you dont like fishing, and just want to eat good fish, all you need to do is to buy the type of fish you like from the fish market, and take it to the nearest restaurant. The restaurant will only charge you for cooking the fish, and you can have a cheaper lunch or dinner in this way Th ere is a well known rumor in Foa about a black stone, the location of which is unknown in the town. If people step on it once, they will never want t o leave Foa If they are obliged to go, they will sooner or later come back to Foa People who hear this story are likely to g o for a stroll around the town hoping to step on that black stone and stay in this beautiful town. So make the most of it a t Foa dur ing the ITT boat trip this weekend and enjoy the Kkdeniz Harbor where fish restaurants, discos, shops, bars and recreational areas are lined up along the shore on the way back Photo by T
4 MOVIE NIGHT AT THE IZMIR CLUB THIS COMING SATURDAY Aug. 1 2015 Aug. 1 2015 5.30 p.m. 8 p .m. Furious 7 Unfriended (PG 13) (R ) Furious 7 Plot Summary: Deckard Shaw seeks rev enge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother. Unfriended Plot Summary: A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend. Risk management works weekends too!