Award-winning Airman supporting New Horizons 2014 medical training
By Tech. Sgt. Kali Gradishar, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern)
/ Published April 22, 2014
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- After only four years in service, Staff Sgt. Molly Cox has expanded her medical logistics knowledge as she continues to gain experience in operations all around the world.
Cox calls both Scribner, Neb., and Arkansas City, Kan., home, but she has been around the world operating as a medical logistics Airman.
Cox has deployed to Iraq and an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, and she is currently deployed in support of New Horizons Belize 2014.
New Horizons is an annual event coordinated amongst U.S. Department of Defense service members, the U.S. Embassy and the host nation government to conduct civil engineer and medical training. The training benefits U.S. forces as they are offered an opportunity to practice deployment and joint training procedures.
New Horizons will consist of U.S. military and Belizean workers coordinating the building of schools and hospitals in the area, and it also includes Canadian Army, U.S. military and Belizean medical teams working together in medical readiness training exercises, or MEDRETES.
Cox supports New Horizons by "coordinating the transport and receiving of all medical cargo that supports the MEDRETES," she said. "I coordinate the hand-off of supplies to the Army and Air Force MEDRETES."
"It's like any other deployment that I have ever been on," she said. "You have to learn as you go and be versatile."
Deploying to a new country and being afforded the opportunity to interact with the local population provides a greater perspective on the world as a whole, but also offers a different perspective in one's occupational specialty.
Being deployed in Belize is "probably going to give me the confidence to tackle other issues," Cox said. "It's given me the experience of dealing with port logistics, something we don't normally see in our job."