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4th Medical Group Celebrates Biomedical Sciences Corps Week

Biomedical Science Corp Officers gather in front of the Thomas Koritz Clinic to celebrate BSC Appreciation Week, Jan. 30, 2020, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

Biomedical Science Corp Officers gather in front of the Thomas Koritz Clinic to celebrate BSC Appreciation Week, Jan. 30, 2020, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. BSC is comprised of 17 distinct specialties all working together to provide a broad base of clinical and scientific expertise for the Air Force Medical Service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Kimberly Barrera)

Lt. Col. Steven Weekes, 4th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron optometrist, performs eye exam on Senior Airman Carlos Salgado, 335th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, using a slit lamp microscope, Jan. 21, 2020, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

Lt. Col. Steven Weekes, 4th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron optometrist, performs eye exam on Senior Airman Carlos Salgado, 335th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, using a slit lamp microscope, Jan. 21, 2020, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The slit lamp microscope allowed Weekes to examine the different tissue layers in Salgado’s eyes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Kimberly Barrera)

Capt. Ryan Knight, 4th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron physical therapist, preforms neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on, Maj. Dusten Weathers, 334th Flight Squadron assistant director of operations, Jan. 29, 2019, at the Thomas Koritz Clinic on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

Capt. Ryan Knight, 4th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron physical therapist, preforms neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on, Maj. Dusten Weathers, 334th Flight Squadron assistant director of operations, Jan. 29, 2019, at the Thomas Koritz Clinic on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Physical therapist work with patients to identify problems, develop a care plan and provide services that help restore function, improve mobility and relieve pain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Kimberly Barrera)

Senior Airman Mary Hicks, 4th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron bioenvironmental engineering journeyman, prepares to administer a gas mask fit test on, Airman 1st Class Cassandra Hart, 704th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron personnel apprentice, Jan. 23, 2020, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

Senior Airman Mary Hicks, 4th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron bioenvironmental engineering journeyman, prepares to administer a gas mask fit test on, Airman 1st Class Cassandra Hart, 704th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron personnel apprentice, Jan. 23, 2020, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. A properly fitted gas mask ensures adequate protection in the field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Kimberly Barrera)

Airman 1st Class Audrey Williams, Healthcare Operation Squadron pharmacy technician, fills a prescription, Jan. 22, 2020, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

Airman 1st Class Audrey Williams, Healthcare Operation Squadron pharmacy technician, fills a prescription, Jan. 22, 2020, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Pharmacy technicians are responsible for interpreting, filling and dispensing prescriptions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Kimberly Barrera)

Airmen from the 4th Medical Group volunteer at the Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro Inc., Jan. 28, 2020.

Airmen from the 4th Medical Group volunteer at the Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro Inc., Jan. 28, 2020. The Airmen participated in a variety of events throughout the week of Jan. 27 through Jan. 31, 2020 in order to honor BSC officers and their enlisted counterparts during BSC appreciation week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Kimberly Barrera)

Airmen from the 4th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron throw axes at targets, Jan. 30, 2020, in Goldsboro, N.C.

Airmen from the 4th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron throw axes at targets, Jan. 30, 2020, in Goldsboro, N.C. Airmen celebrated Biomedical Science Corp Appreciation Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Kimberly Barrera)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --

To recognize the achievements of Biomedical Sciences Corps (BSC) Airmen, the Air Force has dedicated the week of Jan. 27-31, as BSC Appreciation Week. Throughout the week the 4th Medical Group here set time aside to honor BSC officers and their enlisted counterparts, who are essential to the success of the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS).

 

“The BSC mission provides full-spectrum allied health support to optimize all we serve,” said Lt. Col. Steven Weekes, 4th Operation Medical Readiness Squadron optometrist. “BSC serves military members, retirees, dependents and civilians.”

 

The BSC is the most diverse corps in the AFMS, encompassing 17 different career fields. BSC consists of working professional services in optometry, podiatry, physician’s assistant, audiology/speech pathology, clinical psychology, clinical social work, occupational therapy, aerospace physiology, biomedical scientist, dietetics, bioenvironmental engineering, public health, entomology, pharmacy, biomedical laboratory and health physics.

 

“BSC fills in the gaps of physicians because we provide specialized care, assessments and consultations for areas that may not be specifically addressed during a routine doctor’s visit,” said 1st Lt. Chelsea Lewis, 4th Operation Medical Readiness Squadron public health officer in charge.

 

Outside of routine care, BSC affiliates are behind the scenes performing inspections and testing as well as providing education to prevent illness and injury to the base population, said Lewis.

 

The BSC’s role of optimizing the health of those it serves would not be possible without the support of enlisted Airmen.

 

“Without Airmen to support the BSC mission our operations would fail,” said Lewis. “We rely on Airmen to provide tactical expertise in the programs and identify problems and gaps in the areas that we may miss. By doing so they are effectively supporting and contributing to our decisions as leaders.”

 

BSC week is a chance for officers and their enlisted counterparts to step away from their offices and connect with each other.

 

To celebrate all that BSC officers and their enlisted counterparts do, members from the 4th Medical Group participated in BSC fitness hour, volunteering at a soup kitchen, an escape room challenge and axe throwing.

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