Guam Guard airmen, Tinian Mayor’s Office partner to repair health clinic

Civil-military partnership program comes to Tinian

The Tinian Mayor’s Office is partnering with the Innovative Readiness Training program to renovate and improve its health clinic, the only medical facility on the island that caters to its residents.

More than 20 airmen from the Guam Air National Guard’s 254th Red Horse Squadron arrived on Tinian last week to begin the project, which will result in more than 100 hours of hands-on engineering, demolition, construction, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning training for the airmen.  

The mission is expected to be completed in about three to four weeks.

The Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operation Repair Squadron, Engineer, or RED HORSE, is the U.S. Air Force’s heavy-construction unit. Their capabilities are similar to those of the U.S. Navy Seabees and U.S. Army engineering units.

“The IRT program is a unique way for the airmen to train in our military occupations,” said Capt. Jason Cruz, 254RHS Project officer-in-charge. “This partnership between the welcoming community and the military has been a win-win for us all. The military is able to fulfill the need of a deserving mission, all the while receiving critical training for our readiness.”

Immediately upon arrival on the island, Vicente King, Public Health program coordinator, and Rodney S. Cabarles, acting resident director, provided a site tour and explained the various projects that were approved to be performed at the Tinian Health Center.

“I am very excited about this joint venture and the cooperation between our organizations,” said Tinian Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas. “I am hoping that this is just the beginning and there will be more to come for the people of Tinian. It shows that there is a strong partnership with the military and the local government. We are very supportive of this IRT program and happy that the Guam National Guard is here to assist us with these infrastructure improvements and look forward to more in the future.”

IRT is a U.S. Department of Defense training opportunity, exclusive to the United States and its territories, that delivers a platform for military service members to conduct real-world, hands-on training while providing key services with lasting benefits to American communities. Visit IRT.defense.gov to learn more about IRT, or to apply for a mission. (PR)

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