GSU pre-med students visit Winn
U.S. Army Recruiting Center Recruiters, Capt. Maricela Mata and Sgt. 1st Class Jacqueline Owens, accompanied students and faculty from Georgia Southern University on a visit to Winn Army Community Hospital, Nov. 9. The students are pre-med and have aspirations to work in the medical field and were able to tour various departments throughout the Medical Department Activity footprint to include, the Mother Baby Unit, Emergency Department and the Army Wellness Center. ...Read more
Appenzeller promoted to BG in Marne Garden ceremony
Building One and Sgt. Rocky the Bulldog, the 3rd Infantry Division headquarters building and mascot respectively, served as the backdrop for the then, Col. George “Ned” Appenzeller’s promotion ceremony. Appenzeller was promoted to Brigadier General by Lieutenant General Nadja Y. West, The Surgeon General and Commanding General, United States Army Medical Command during a ceremony held in Fort Stewart’s Marne Garden Nov. 22.
Many Family members, friends, colleagues, Soldiers, community members and Civilians attended the ceremony for the Appenzellers. This show of support was not lost on Appenzeller who said spending six years at Stewart, some at Winn Army Community Hospital and a couple of years at the 3rd ID, makes the area feel like home.
“We started out working in the emergency room here,” Appenzeller said. “Then moved over and spent a couple years at the Division deployed during the surge, and then I came back and was the Deputy Commander of the Hospital here. My kids grew up here. We love the area; we love the post, and this really feels like where we belong.”
After the pinning of his jacket by his wife Amanda and father, George W. Appenzeller, his BG Beret was presented to him by his mother, Ms. Susan Appenzeller. The presentation of the 1-Star Flag, belt and pistol were given to Appenzeller by his children Katherine, Lauren and Forest.
As the 44th Surgeon General, West’s availability to perform the promotion was special to Appenzeller. Expressing his gratitude, Appenzeller said the TSG is an “incredible woman”.
“She leads all of the MEDCOM,” he said. “I was very appreciative that when I asked her to come preside over my ceremony that she accepted and took the time out of her incredibly busy schedule to come down and do this.”
West thanked Appenzeller’s Family for their support of him and said she felt sincerely honored for the opportunity to serve as the host for the promotion ceremony.
“Today we are definitely promoting an officer who has been a leader of change,” West said. … [He] adapts to his circumstances when appropriate and to ensure that Army Medicine will adapt and transform to meet the unknown, in the unknown future that we will be asked to support as medical professionals.”
“So, not only is Ned adaptable,” West said, “But he is also always cool and collected, those who know him well say … [He is] someone who can keep their head when all those around him are losing theirs.”
West said Appenzeller is the right person for his position as the Deputy Commanding Office Regional Health Command-Pacific.
The Regional Health Command – Pacific is a huge geographical area, which oversees the medical facilities along the West Coast, Alaska, Hawaii, Korea and Japan. Appenzeller said he and his Family are looking forward to the new duty station and finds it exciting to meet young officers, Soldiers and NCOs who will lead the Army in the future.
“It’s an incredible new adventure for me and my Family,” Appenzeller said. “We’ve never lived in the Pacific Northwest, and we’ve never spent much time in the Pacific, so it’s going to be a great learning opportunity. So, they’ll teach me just as much as I could ever teach them.”
Winn APHN encourages quitting during the 2017 Great American Smokeout
One day is just the beginning. One day! That is all you need to begin your commitment to give up smoking cigarettes and various other forms of tobacco products. Join in to make a life changing decision to quit with countless other individuals during the Great American Smokeout today.
Whether you have struggled through multiple quit attempts or just decided it’s finally time to make it happen, the Great American Smokeout is the perfect day to take that step toward a healthier, tobacco-free life. Get through one day tobacco free and you’ll quickly improve your health, save money and make your friends and family proud. Quitting cigarettes and other forms of tobacco is one of the most important steps you can take towards improving your health and well-being. If you can get through one day, you’ll get through two days, then three days, and so on. It will be tough, but you are tougher.
Keep these smokefree milestones in mind:
• Day One: Your body begins to heal! Heart rate and oxygen level return to normal.
• Day Two: Your risk of heart attack decreases.
• Week Two: Your lungs are working better. You will have increased endurance and stamina during physical activity.
• Month Two: You are looking good! Your gums, teeth and skin look healthier without exposure to tobacco.
Did you know that the average smoker spends over $1,900 per year on cigarettes? And that tobacco is one of the strongest and most deadly addictions one can have. Also, tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. For more information, go to https://tricare.mil/HealthWelness/Tobacco/UCanQuit2/Great-American-Smokeout.
For additional information and assistance with your quit plan, contact Army Public Health Nursing to learn more about our Tobacco Cessation Program at 912-435-5071.
MEDDAC Soldier gets his buzz fix feeding honey makers
Imagine a world without bees. Soldier by day, beekeeper by night, Sgt. First Class Shawn Sullivan a US Army Medical Department Activity-Fort Stewart Soldier at Winn Army Community Hospital is doing his part to thwart the idea, and at the same time found a new passion.
As an 18-year veteran in the Army, Sullivan has had his share of military moves, but it was his last duty station at Fort Wainwright in Alaska which made the difference in his life. After buying and throwing out countless fresh fruits and vegetables after only three days of shelf life, Sullivan discovered growing systems and began to grow strawberries at home.
“We were tired of buying food and it would go bad,” Sullivan said. “So we decided to grow our own. No pesticides.”
But the strawberries lacked size and quantity. Sullivan said one day he was outside thinking about what to do to help the strawberries grow and an idea in the form of a bee flew by, and he thought, “What would it take for me to keep bees?”
From that point forward he was hooked. For the next three months Sullivan dug deep into the world of beekeeping.
“I got on YouTube, like I do with a lot of the things that I have gotten into and learned how to do, and started watching videos,” Sullivan explained. “So it got to a point that every waking moment I was up. On the weekends, during the weekdays I was watching videos.”
Becoming a beekeeper seemed to be his new passion, but it was not the same for his wife Varonique, who at first was annoyed with the process, and said he kind of forced the idea onto his wife.
“I really do not like bugs,” said Varonique, a veteran and human resources assistant for the Fort Stewart Warrior Transition Battalion, “But when my husband approached me with bee keeping, I thought something was wrong with him. But when he explained to me that there was an easier way to pollinate fruits and vegetables by having bees, I guess the lucrative part about it … then I can say that I became very interested.”
For almost two years now the Sullivans work to make their bee business thrive, and have benefited by harvesting honey and growing squash, gourmet lettuce, herbs, cherry tomatoes, broccoli plus much more with the help of their bees. So far they are able to use the honey to make soaps, body scrubs and shower gels.
Sullivan said although he thoroughly enjoys beekeeping, Soldiers should always put their Army mission first and readiness should stay at the forefront.
“Don’t let go of your initial training as far as being a Soldier,” he said. “You have to keep up and continue to grow and keep up with those skills. So hold on to that. Things work a little differently in this [MEDDAC] environment so you have to be flexible. Definitely be flexible.”
According to the Sullivans, flexibility is also what is needed to be a beekeeper. From building hives to being called on by businesses to collect pesky swarms, the Sullivans are thriving as local beekeepers, but said the journey is not always easy.
“It’s a job within itself,” Sullivan said. “You have to constantly check the hives to make sure that they are not sick, or if they are being fed and to make sure everything is good in the hive.”
Sullivan is hoping for a good harvest in the spring and once he retires from the Army, he said he plans to make beekeeping a Family affair.
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