|Last time I wore that patch it was called|
"Joint Force Headquarters" (JFHQ) for the
Ohio National Guard.
In an era where universal heath care regulations and "Obamacare" are center stage this could be seen as another "government freebie". In fact, I think this benefits the soldiers performing the service as much as the folks getting the treatment. Despite what many people think, other than the doctors and physician assistants themselves, many of the medical personnel in the guard and reserve forces do not work in the health care field in their civilian lives. This type of activity allows them to get valuable experience they can then port over to those time where they may be called to help support "hearts and minds" types of operations overseas by providing care to indigenous peoples where ever we may ask them to deploy to. Also, this gives the guard an opportunity to use supplies that may be nearing their expiration date instead of simply destroying them. Everyone always talks about government waste and how we throw away gazillions of dollars of perfectly good stuff, here's a chance to curb some of that.
Lastly, and this hasn't really been an issue since 9/11, it gives a good opportunity for the guard to be seen in a positive light here in the State of Ohio and may also even end up providing a few referrals or actual enlistments into the guard. I give today's troops credit. When I enlisted in 1986 there was no ongoing "hot" conflict. We has some low intensity stuff going on in Central America and Grenada was still fresh in everyone's mind, but nothing that guaranteed you would be getting sent somewhere with "pointy blanks". The enemy then was the Russian Bear on the other side of the Iron Curtain and while it was a very real threat , nobody actually ever saw anything flaring up with them (unbeknownst to most of us we came a razor edge on more than a few occasions though), so service in the military was seen as a good job with benefits to many people. Today, the folks that stand and take the oath know that they may very well face the challenges of combat, whether that oath may enlist you into any component of the Armed Forces, active, reserve or guard. I respect that.
|Pic of 3rd Platoon, Co B 1-148th Infantry, Ohio Army National Guard.|
They are currently serving in Afghanistan. I was in this unit (same platoon) 20+ years ago!