Back to Top Skip to main content Skip to sub-navigation

Army Medical Service Officers achieve Quartermaster School first

Two military personnel in masks pose for picture Captains Tandrea Graham and Richard Tidwell pose for a publicity photo after their Sept. 2 graduation from the Aerial Delivery Material Officer Course offered through the Parachute Rigger School at Fort Lee. The Army Medical Service Corps officers are said to have achieved a Quartermaster School first by being the only students from their branch to attend the course. (Photo by Lesley Atkinson.)

Recommended Content:

Combat Support

Two Army Medical Service Corps officers here have achieved a quartermaster school first, thanks to their hunger for professional development and willingness to grab the golden opportunity of available class seats.

Army Captains Tandrea Graham and Richard Tidwell – one assigned to Kenner Army Health Clinic at Fort Lee, Virginia, and the other moving to a new assignment at Fort Drum, New York – were presented their graduation certificates Sept. 2 for the Aerial Delivery Material Officer Course offered through the Parachute Rigger School at Fort Lee.

Because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, the course that’s normally limited to QM soldiers only had open seats and school leaders offered them to others in the logistics community. The captains jumped at the chance.

“The main qualification requirement is being a graduate of the Basic Airborne Course, so we submitted our waivers for attendance and got in,” Graham said. 

“I want to be a well-rounded soldier and a force multiplier,” Tidwell interjected. “You can’t be a good medical officer without being a good logistician. This will help with being a better supporter of our soldiers.”

Ten officers attended the five-week course. The curriculum covers airdrop planning, leadership, supervision, and management. Students learn the skills required for inspecting, packing, rigging, recovering, storing, and maintaining airdrop equipment.

Graham noted how the course dives into the intricate details of packing parachutes, preparing cargo, and managing mission cycles. The material officer supports the warfighter with the correct application of equipment and aircraft for jumping personnel or supplies.

“Riggers always check everything before they jump,” Graham said. “The paratrooper checks are by the numbers. The parachute is packed according to standard, which is checked and double-checked. The rigger motto is, ‘I will be sure always.’”

They both agreed that being a medical service officer in a quartermaster-driven field is challenging.

“It’s probably no surprise that there are many in our branch who lack the skills that are critical for supporting airborne operations from a logistical standpoint,” Tidwell said. “This was a key moment in time to show the other MSOs that we can enter the other branches of the military and bring those lessons learned into the Army Medical Department to better support the combatant commander.”

During the training there were many junior soldiers at the facility doing the exact same program. It was imperative for the officers to set the tone for others to emulate.

“I love the responsibility of being an officer,” Graham said. “I want to set the example and push junior officers and soldiers to always strive to be better. No matter what your rank is, there is always something you can improve on or learn. You will have success and failure; however, it is how you respond to those successes and failures that builds your leadership philosophy and character.

You also may be interested in...

New Stop the Bleed course designed specifically for HS students

Article
7/7/2021
A medical care training exercise

New First Aid for Severe Trauma Training Can Help High School Students ‘Stop the Bleed’

Recommended Content:

Combat Support

Medical Advances Since Gulf War Boil Down to Increased Lives Saved

Article
6/25/2021
Medical personnel training on how to treat a neck wound

Not all medical advances since the first Gulf War are highly technical.

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Research and Innovation | Health Innovation Month

DHA Spearheads Effort for Working Dog Research Collaboration

Article
6/25/2021
Picture of three different dogs

Working Dog Forum explored research to keep dogs in top form.

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Veterinary Service | Public Health | Research and Innovation

ADVISOR brings support to medical personnel in austere environments

Article
5/27/2021
Photo of Michael Kile, LPN, the operational readiness program manger

The Military Health System offers the Advanced Virtual Support for Operational Forces program, or ADVISOR, for remote military medical professionals.

Recommended Content:

Technology | Combat Support | Health Readiness

TCCC ASM CM Student Registration Form

Form/Template
4/7/2021

Students must complete this form to register for the course. All forms are emailed to the DMRTI TCCC Section for processing.

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute | DMRTI Course Information | Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course (TCCC)

Tactical Combat Casualty Care All Service Member Master Trainer Course FAQs

Fact Sheet
4/7/2021

Additional information about the TCCC ASM CM course for potential students to review.

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute | DMRTI Course Information | Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course (TCCC)

Drawing blood, giving back life: techs support medical readiness

Article
2/22/2021
Military health personnel wearing a mask drawing blood from military personnel wearing a mask

Two of the military’s blood technicians say their work is vital and rewarding.

Recommended Content:

Armed Services Blood Program | Combat Support

Order of Military Medical Merit presented to USU medical student

Article
2/19/2021
Military personnel receiving the Order of Military Merit

Army 2nd becomes the first USU medical student to receive the Order of the Military Medical Merit.

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Health Readiness | Global Health Engagement

DMRTI_EWSC Student Criteria

Fact Sheet
1/8/2021

A reference for potential EWSC students.

Recommended Content:

Emergency War Surgery Course (EWSC) | Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute | Combat Support

Barksdale AFB trains medics with Tactical Combat Casualty Care

Article
12/30/2020
Military personnel participating in training exercise, treat a dummy for injuries

Medics of the 2nd Medical Group are becoming a whole lot more lethal, in a good way.

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Readiness Capabilities

Protecting the Force: How the MHS helped sustain readiness in the face of COVID

Article
12/23/2020
Hospital personnel treating a patient on a stretcher

The Military Health System is reviewing how it kept warfighters mission-ready and units online in 2020 during the ongoing pandemic.

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Coronavirus | Readiness Capabilities

Nurse-led research aims to improve battlefield medicine

Article
12/21/2020
Military nurses working on a simulated patient in a helicopter

[O]ne of their goals is to create novel solutions to optimize survival and functional recovery of burn casualties.

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Research and Innovation | Nurses Week | Readiness Capabilities

Military medicine confronts an invisible enemy

Article
12/4/2020
Medical personnel set up in an outside military tent

The collective response to the pandemic underscored the MHS reputation for innovation, with practical applications beyond military medicine.

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Warrior Care | Public Health | Coronavirus | Heroes Behind the Mask

New report finds military hearing health is improving

Article
12/3/2020
Military doctor inspecting patient's ear

Noise-induced hearing loss is decreasing for active-duty service members.

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Health Readiness | Hearing Loss | Hearing Center of Excellence

DGMC medical study looks at plant-based diet

Article
12/3/2020
Man wearing mask and gloves putting container of salad into salad bar

Researchers measured important cholesterol, weight and blood pressure markers at baseline and at 4-weeks.

Recommended Content:

Combat Support | Health Readiness | Nutritional Fitness
<< < 1 2 3 4 5 > >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 Page 1 of 5

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.