McChord flight nurse wins command award

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  • By Sandra Pishner
  • 446th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Maj. Carolyn Newhouse, 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, deputy chief nurse, recently received the 2007 Outstanding Air Force Reserve Command Aeromedical Evacuation Crew Member of the Year award for her accomplishments on the job. 

Major Newhouse is an experienced flight nurse and combat veteran. Her experience in deployments and trauma care is a cornerstone of the squadron's medical training department. 

According to Col. Jan Moore-Harbert, 446th AES commander, Major Newhouse's readiness skills verification plan harmonized clinical training requirements for all active-duty and Reserve core nurses. "The training (she provides) mirrors wartime readiness needs, ensuring our nurses are ready to provide quality care to soldiers." 

Chosen by Colonel Moore-Harbert as the deputy chief nurse for the 446ht AES, Major Newhouse manages six programs providing clinical oversight to 84 flight nurses and aeromedical technicians. 

In addition to her work at McChord, Major Newhouse represents over 3,100 active-duty and Reserve Airmen as the flight nurse consultant to the Air Force surgeon general for clinical training. She is the only Reservist to hold this position. 

"I am the eyes and ears for the surgeon general," said Major Newhouse. 

She has also used her expertise to educated distinguished visitors and media regarding the AE mission, duties and goals. 

Humanitarian work is one of those AE duties in which Major Newhouse plays a role. As one of eight Reservists hand-picked to work with the Active Duty International Health Service mission, she helped evaluate more than 350 children overseas for hearing and vision deficits, referring 45 for care. And always a trainer, Major Newhouse taught basic life support skills to community members and first responders.  (Airman First Class Patrick Cabellon, 446th AW/PA, contributed to this report)