TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Oklahoma Nationwide Guard Troopers and Airmen are constructing properties and treating sufferers in well being clinics in Japanese Oklahoma.
They’re serving to fellow Oklahomans thanks partly to the Modern Readiness Coaching program – a Division of Protection initiative.
Whereas Troopers of the 2120th Engineer Firm, a hundred and twentieth Engineer Battalion, ninetieth Troop Command, are in Tahlequah constructing properties as a part of the Cherokee Veterans Housing Initiative, the battalion additionally has medics and medical suppliers from the a hundred and twentieth Medical Firm (Space Assist) working with clinics and first responders in Tahlequah and Tulsa.
“Joint tasks between the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma Nationwide Guard, and different army models from across the nation are examples of true government-to-government collaboration and the advantages it may possibly present not solely to our tribal nation however to the women and men of collaborating army models who will acquire first-hand expertise in areas akin to engineering and well being care,” stated Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.
“Maybe extra importantly, these tasks will instill in contributors a greater understanding of what it means to serve others, whether or not they’re constructing homes for Cherokee veterans or serving to enhance the well being and well-being of Native American sufferers who use the Cherokee Nation Well being System, “Hoskin stated.
Greater than 20 Troopers of the 2120th are working alongside Airmen from the Utah Nationwide Guard and Airmen from the Idaho Nationwide Guard’s 124th Fighter Wing, making a joint power of greater than 50 Army and Air Nationwide Guard engineers.
The Oklahoma Nationwide Guard engineers are serving to construct seven properties this summer time as a part of a three-year mission, stated 2nd Lt. Cecil D’Souza, a member of the Washington Air Nationwide Guard and the venture supervisor for the Cherokee Nation housing initiative.
D’Souza described the IRT program as one that offers many army members an opportunity to do their jobs whereas constructing relationships with different organizations.
“The IRT social gathering’s predominant intent is to construct partnerships at our native communities. In flip, we get the hands-on coaching that we require with a view to be mission-ready,” stated D’Souza. “The quantity of properties that we’re constructing on right here, final 12 months we constructed seven, this 12 months we’re constructing seven and subsequent 12 months was allotted for one more seven. In order that’s a complete of 21 properties that we’re going to construct.”
The chief officer for the 2120th Engineer Firm, 1st Lt. Addam Orsburn, stated Troopers be taught from one another whereas giving again to their area people.
“Our Troopers over the previous few years have accomplished lots of state active-duty missions usually due to a pure catastrophe, and people issues are nice and the state is aware of us for that,” Orsburn stated. “Nevertheless, with the ability to work with the Cherokee Nation away from a pure catastrophe actually will get Troopers concerned of their neighborhood on a deeper degree, and never simply because one thing dangerous occurred, however as a result of we really wish to have interaction with our neighborhood to do issues for them.”
Sgt. Austin Brown, with the 2120th Engineer Firm, helped with this housing venture final 12 months and is again for a second 12 months.
“It simply offers me pleasure to assist individuals and simply be out right here and able to go if anyone wants something,” Brown stated. “It’s only a pleasure for me to be out right here.”
Troopers from the a hundred and twentieth MCAS are additionally working with Airmen from the 157th Medical Group at native well being clinics.
Maj. Nathan Bowen, a hundred and twentieth MCAS, stated they’re getting good hands-on coaching for his or her jobs whereas serving to Tahlequah residents.
“Everybody’s been tremendous constructive,” Bowen stated. “Everybody’s in search of alternatives to develop and be taught, and one of the best factor is that we’re studying new issues and we’re studying find out how to work collectively.”