BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Massachusetts --
The 104th Medical Group is one of a few Air National Guard medical groups that is receiving a new Air Force Specialty Code.
Starting April 1, 2020, the 104th Fighter Wing will have five new openings for the 4C AFSC, a Behavioral Health Unit Type Code for traditional guardsmen.
Airmen in the new career field will work with the Director of Psychological Health and other Airmen in MDG to ensure that all 104 FW members can get the help they need in a timely manner.
“What’s going to be nice for this AFSC for the folks that are working in it, is that they will be able to go out to the sections and see how people are doing in terms of their day-to-day jobs and their behavioral health,” said Chief Master Sgt. Jim Brown, 104 MDG superintendent. “If they have anything they want to discuss, they’re going to be out there and do some outreach.”
The new 4C Airmen will have three primary responsibilities including patient intake, outreach, and combating mental health.
“If they are deployed, they will be the first ones to deal with any PTSD issues or traumatic mental health experiences that others might have while they’re overseas,” said Brown.
Brown said that the new position will help the medical group as well as Barnes as a whole.
“Behavioral health has been something that the wing has been seeing an upward tick in, in terms of benefits of having a specialist on base. You can look at the DPH as an example, so this is just going to be an extension to the DPH in terms of being able to provide more services in the realm of behavioral health, so that’s a major benefit,” said Brown.
The 4C AFSC is one of two open enlisted positions at the 104 MDG. They are also looking to fill five officer positions.
Due to the degrees and licenses required for many of the officer positions, they are hard to fill compared to other UTCs, said Brown.
The officer positions include a licensed social worker, psychologist, OB/GYN, public health officer, and a pediatrician. The enlisted positions are in behavioral health and dental.
Brown said that most of the positions help with Individual Medical Readiness on base, but being part of the MDG provides Airmen with other unique opportunities as well.
“With the medical AFSCs, we try to do outreach for homeland support in terms of disasters and also with our first aid partnerships. We’ve had the opportunities in the past to go to Kenya, for example, and assist over there, so I think that’s a really neat benefit that other AFSCs don’t necessarily have,” said Brown.