Bird's Eye View: 95th MSS and 95th SVS become one

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  • By Col. H. Brent Baker Sr.
  • 95th Air Base Wing commander
The Air Force and its sister services are currently recapitalizing forces and reorganizing the way they currently do business. For Edwards specifically, I am proud to say that we are helping to lead the way. 

Wednesday, we stood down the 95th Mission Support Squadron and 95th Services Division and activated an organization that will perform both functions. The new 95th Mission Support and Services Squadron, led by William Wilson, former Services director, is one of six test squadrons in the Air Force. Although you will not see any changes as a customer, combining both organizations will help Edwards streamline many processes. 

In fact, I believe we will gain a lot from this experience because 95th MSSS will be working diligently to develop and implement seamless programs for our Airmen and their families. 

Many other changes are coming down the pipeline and, folks, we should be ready for change.

Edwards educates base on Anthrax program 

The safety and health of our Airmen are two of the Air Force's top concerns, and the Air Force, in line with recent Department of Defense guidance, will be implementing a mandatory Anthrax program. 

Uniformed personnel, government civilians and others deploying to U.S. Central Command or Korea areas of responsibility for more than 15 consecutive days will be required to receive the Anthrax vaccination. 

The 95th Medical Group has devised a great educational plan to assist in getting the word out about the Anthrax Vaccination Implementation Program prior to administering the vaccine. 

In years past, Airmen deploying to the AOR have had the option of receiving the vaccination, however that will no longer be the case. 

To help you get better informed about the program, I advise each Airmen assigned to Edwards to review the AVIP brochure posted on Centernet. The brochure and briefing are designed to help educate everyone about the vaccine. Trust me. There is no harm in getting it done. 

The 95th MDG will be hosting a Town Hall at the Base Theater, 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday to help answer any questions you may have about the program and Anthrax. I highly encourage each and every deployable person to attend one of these Town Halls, especially civilians who may volunteer for future deployments. I am sure you will leave there with a clear understanding of the program and the vaccination.