The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Enlisted Advisory Committee (SEAC) was honored to host Command Sergeant Major Thurman Reynolds, the Command Sergeant Major for Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), to discuss the vital mission and important work being accomplished at the Department of Defense’s only Level 1 Trauma Center located here at Joint Base San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston. CSM Reynolds reviewed the capabilities of BAMC, noting their COVID-19 vaccination process, the opportunity to provide ECMO treatment for critically ill patients with pulmonary disease and an intensive treatment that has helped COVID-19 patients in their recovery, and the trauma response system which cares for civilians who are not military beneficiaries. BAMC is also home to the Center for the Intrepid, an outpatient rehabilitation facility and the United States Army Institute for Surgical Research’s renowned Burn Center. BAMC is composed of ten separate organizations, including community medical clinics, centered around the Army’s largest in-patient hospital. BAMC is staffed by more than 8,000 soldiers, airmen, sailors, civilians, and contractors dedicated to providing outstanding care to wounded service members and the surrounding San Antonio community.
With the recent winter weather, BAMC powered through to continue its patient care despite the challenges. They were able to maintain their critical care mission and support the community, while ensuring the service members, patients and staff remained safe. Throughout the pandemic crisis and last week’s weather response, BAMC professionals have successfully leveraged virtual health and telework, which will likely remain a practice well into the future.
CSM Reynolds relayed the process and timeline of vaccinations for Department of Defense, which is different according to each branch of service. BAMC announced that next week it will begin administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to beneficiaries ages 75 and older by appointment only at its Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston vaccination site. More information on the vaccination distribution, click here for details.
As part of the Defense Department’s phased plan, BAMC will continue to administer the vaccine to eligible phase 1a and phase 1b personnel, including healthcare professionals, personnel who perform critical national capabilities, service members preparing to deploy and frontline essential workers.
Grant Hegner, Lead Associate for Booz Allen Hamilton’s Military and Veteran Affairs and this year’s Senior Enlisted Advisory Committee Chair, reviewed the SEAC mission and opened up the conversation to our other Senior Enlisted Leaders to provide remarks on behalf of their organizations. CSM Phil Barretto, Command Sergeant Major of United States Army North (Fifth Army) and Fort Sam Houston, forwarded information outlining the current extent of support Army North and the Department of Defense is providing to the whole-of-government vaccine response. Their support, number of troops, and vaccine sites continue to grow day by day in support of FEMA and the states. For more information, visit https://www.arnorth.army.mil/JFLCC/.
Additionally, CMSgt Antonio Golds with the Air Force Recruiting Service, provided an update on the new Air Force commercials called “Moments.” as well as highlighted the Air Force and Space Force General Officer events titled “GO Inspire,” a program designed to increase diversity in ranks of the two services while attracting the next generation of airmen and guardians. The program began on Jan. 1 throughout the states and rallies general officers to hit the streets with teams of top airmen and guardians to inform, influence and inspire young Americans for military service.
The SEAC will continue to develop opportunities to engage our Senior Enlisted Leaders with San Antonio Business and Community members, providing for support, encouragement, and partnership. If you would like more information on the Chamber’s Military Affairs efforts and the mission of the SEAC, please email Lori Stinson, Vice President of Military Affairs and Leadership Development, at email@example.com.