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NEWS | Feb. 20, 2019

628th MDG recognized as AF's best

By Senior Airman Cody Miller Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The 628th Medical Group has been selected for the United States Air Force Surgeon General Award for Clinic of the Year.

According to the Air Force Medical Service Website, awards of this nature reflect the extraordinary quality of what it means to be an Air Force medic. The accomplishments of those recognized are said to demonstrate expertise, leadership and commitment across the full breadth of the support provided to the Air Force mission and the joint team.

“In my perspective, good teams collaborate,” said Col. Brian Musselman, 628th MDG commander. “The executive team here in Charleston has worked together better than any other team I’ve worked with in my career. Whenever they’re faced with challenges their problem solving skills and amazing personalities shine through. The Airmen and civilians that work here are phenomenal and are the best I’ve ever seen.”

Medical Group Airmen found out about their accomplishment during a surprise announcement at a commander’s call on Feb. 20, 2019.

“It was really incredible to see us win this award,” said Airman 1st Class Rosario Huerta-Cardenas, 628th Medical Operations Squadron mental health technician. “Some days you’re not always able to see the difference you make in your job and how you affect the Air Force. This lets us see all the hard work we put in every day and lets us know that as a team we’re having an impact for the better.”

The 628th MDG provides quality health services for 63,000 eligible beneficiaries, dental readiness for 4,000 active duty service members and an occupational health program for 2,100 members on Joint Base Charleston. They ensure Airmen are medically prepared to support combatant commanders worldwide and the DoD’s largest fleet of C-17s.

They also support operations on the Naval Weapons Station, including clinical counseling services, water sampling, radiation safety guidance, food inspections, health risk assessments and occupational health exams.