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Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC

 

A Call to Duty: Our Faces Of Freedom

Employees Of The Charles George VAMC Who Are Serving On Active Duty

At the Charles George VA Medical Center, you are not only served as Vets, but by Vets, too:  Over 40% of the VA medical center employees are Veterans of one service or another, of this conflict or that one, and many of them are Disabled Vets, as well.  And, several of them are in the Reserves or National Guard and have or are deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) (Afghanistan).  We should never forget those who have served and those who have laid down their lives for us and thus, by the same measure, we shouldn’t forget those who are serving and are willing to do the same in the name of FREEDOM.  To this end and because we’re so proud of them, we’ve created this display to show you which Charles George VA Medical Center employees are serving on active duty.

 

Msgt Solomon (right) loading the wounded onto the litter bus for transport to the C-17 aircraft and care beyond  LCDR Ralph Gall, on patrol in Afghanistan, stopping to take a picture with one of those he is charged to protect. 
MSgt Solomon, currently serving on active duty in Iraq, is a HAS employee here at our VAMC.  She’s put in 10 years of active service and is on her 10th year as a Reservist assigned to Dobbins Air Reserve Base (ARB), GA., as part of the 94 Aeromedical Staging Squadron (ASTS).  Her wartime mission is to hold and stage patients for aeromedical evacuation  by ensuring patients are prepared clinically and administratively for flight, are cared for during their stay and then carefully loaded onto  the aircraft for their journey to a hospital for specialized care or to their home base.  MSgt  Solomon is a married  Mom with one child.
LCDR Ralph Gall, a Nurse Practitioner at our VAMC, as part of the Naval Reserve, is currently serving as a member of a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) at a forward operating, multi-national base in Afghanistan, in the Uruzgan Province, near the town of Tarin Kowt, where, as the Medical Department OIC, he provides both medical and mission support.  He’s been deployed since 2009, having served in Iraq for a year before being sent to Afghanistan.  He’s a married father of 2 children.
   
Major Terry Rogers, an employee in the Health Administration Service   Technical Sergeant Damon Garland  
Major Terry Rogers, an employee in the Health Administration Service and a native of Asheville, N.C.,  serves as an Air Liaison Officer with the 682nd Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) at Shaw AFB, S.C., coordinating air operations in support of ground combat troops. As a former active duty Rated Fighter Navigator, he acquired over 2,000 hours of seat time in the F-111 Aardvark fighter/bomber before leaving active service for the Reserves in 1992. Major Rogers, called to active duty and deployed since 2009, served in Afghanistan with the 717th Expeditionary ASOS throughout 2010.  He is married. Technical Sergeant Damon Garland (above), a Payroll Technician at our VAMC, is currently serving on active duty with the North Carolina Air National Guard as the acting First Sergeant for the 156th Weather Flight.  After completing the Weather Forecaster course in 2001 and then subsequently ‘weathering’ the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) course, the Army’s Air Assault school, and the Combat Weather Team school in 2002, Sergeant Garland was deployed from 2002-2003 in support of Operation Noble Eagle and then between 2003-2006 in direct support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.