Hundreds of depot workers at Robins AFB, Ga., already have visited a first-of-its-kind Air Force medical facility on the base’s flight line since its opening in June, and their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, according to a base release. The FAST FORWARD facility—First Aid Station, Treatment, and Forward Operating Rehabilitation of Workers Accentuating Restorative Dynamics—gives employees who work in industrial areas of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex easy access to health professionals, including a nurse practitioner and several sports rehab specialists, states the release. “Providing high quality, convenient, and accessible industrial medicine care is the key to [the station’s] success,” said Col. Michael Rappa, occupational medicine services chief with Robins’ 78th Medical Group. The centralized location of the 2,000-square-foot facility means that most of the employees are within a few minutes’ walk of it, states the late July release. So far, Rappa said the station has earned an overall customer service rating of “outstanding.”
While some of the Air Force's newly announced changes will happen quickly, it may take most of Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin's tenure in the job to accomplish the rest, he said in a Brookings Institution event Feb. 28.