Air Force Surgeon General visits Grand Forks

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  • By Senior Airman Melody W. Howley
  • 319th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs

Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, and Chief Master Sgt. George “Steve” Cum, Chief of the Medical Enlisted Force visited with Airmen at the 319th Medical Group here, Jan. 27.

Hogg serves as functional manager of the U.S Air Force Medical Service, advising the Secretary of the Air Force, Air Force Chief of Staff, and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs on matters regarding medical aspects of the air expeditionary force and the overall health of Airmen. Cum is the personal advisor to the Surgeon General on all issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, and proper utilization and progression for the 34,000 Total Force medical enlisted community.

Hogg and her team visited the 319th Reconnaissance Wing as part of a northern tier base tour.

The visit included a tour of the 319th MDG facility and a commander’s call where Hogg learned more about the 319th MDG mission, interacted with Airmen and recognized superior performers for their diligence and attention to detail in their craft. She also gained an understanding of current operations and improvements that are needed.

During her visit, Hogg provided insight on her current priorities and the importance of military medicine and its role in the Air Force mission. “Medicine is constantly changing,” said Hogg. “We need to do our part by staying modernized rather than sticking to one way of doing things.”   

At the conclusion of the commander’s call, Hogg thanked the Airmen for their hard work and explained the importance of ‘disruptive innovation’, where Airmen should challenge themselves for personal and career growth and to not be afraid to think outside of the box.

“Do not be afraid to question the rules,” said Hogg. “There is always room for improvement and rules can always be changed. If you see an opportunity to make something better or have a better way of doing things, let us know.”