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Vol. LXIV, No. 17
August 17, 2012
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NIH Officers Deployed for July 4 Celebration in D.C.

Medical tent team members near the Washington Monument include (from l) LT Tina Brad-Pitt, Ranger New, CDR Alan Ou (NIAID) and Charles Cali (Ohio DMAT team).

Medical tent team members near the Washington Monument include (from l) LT Tina Brad-Pitt, Ranger New, CDR Alan Ou (NIAID) and Charles Cali (Ohio DMAT team).

Fifteen NIH Commissioned Corps officers deployed in support of the National Independence Day Celebration in Washington, D.C., on July 4. The Department of Health and Human Services sent a team to provide adequate health and medical support, as requested by the National Park Service.

About half a million people gathered to listen to bands, watch a parade and view fireworks. To support their potential medical needs, approximately 120 members from the Office of Force Readiness and Deployment, National Disaster Medical System, Centers for Disease Control and Veterans Affairs were also deployed for the event. These responders were grouped into nine teams that attended to those seeking aid at eight stations around the mall.

With the oppressive weather conditions, medical teams treated more than 300 patients who mostly suffered from heat-related illnesses and blisters.

CDR Alan Ou (NIAID) served as the team lead for a medical tent located near the World War II Memorial. “In addition to our core PHS team, there were D.C. EMS staff and Red Cross volunteers based out of our tent,” he said. “When the time came for the fireworks show, we were right under them and had an excellent view. Although we worked late into the night, it was gratifying to serve the public while meeting and working with new friends.”

LT Shane Deckert (OD) served as lead convoy driver and transported medical team personnel to various locations as needed throughout the day. (from l) LCDR James L. Kenney, CDR Sally Hu (OD) and LCDR Eric Zhou (NIAID) were deployed for the National Independence Day Celebration.

LT Shane Deckert (OD) served as lead convoy driver and transported medical team personnel to various locations as needed throughout the day.

(From l) LCDR James L. Kenney, CDR Sally Hu (OD) and LCDR Eric Zhou (NIAID) were deployed for the National Independence Day Celebration.

 


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