USAF to construct EMEDS at US Naval Hospital Guam

21 April 2020 (Last Updated April 21st, 2020 13:06)

The United States Air Force (USAF) 36th Wing is set to construct an Expeditionary Medical Support System (EMEDS) at the US Naval Hospital Guam.

USAF to construct EMEDS at US Naval Hospital Guam
The USAF 36th Wing is constructing an Expeditionary Medical Support System at the US Naval Hospital Guam. Credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Ri.

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The United States Air Force (USAF) 36th Wing is set to construct an Expeditionary Medical Support System (EMEDS) at the US Naval Hospital Guam.

The EMEDS facility is being constructed with support from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Hickam Air Force Base (AFB) to accommodate the increasing number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Guam.

It will have 11 medical and six warehouse units.

The extra space will permit an increase in capacity for the hospital, adding another 25 beds for the expanded workforce of 77 Air Force personnel.

The warehouses constructed will store medical equipment used at the facility.

554th RED HORSE Squadron Operations Superintendent Senior Master Sergeant Marty Treml said: “This is very much a joint effort. We have assets and support from both the navy and Andersen, as well as medical supplies being flown in from JBER and Hickam.”

Construction of the facility is nearing completion within the span of two days with support from 30 Airmen from the 554th RED HORSE Squadron.

Troop Commander for the operation Lieutenant Colonel David Johnson said: “It really is a culminated effort of many different units from multiple bases to pull off the logistics of getting all the supplies here for this operation.

“This is a huge operation that took a lot of work to complete, but in this instance, it was incredibly smooth.”

This infrastructure development project directly supports military efforts to get the USS Theodore Roosevelt crew back out to sea.

Additionally, it expands the capability of the Naval Hospital to further support the fight against Covid-19.