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455th Expeditionary Medical Group

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jan Fink, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group, holds a young avalanche survivor who was medically evacuated to Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Feb. 9, 2010. Dozens of Afghans were taken to Bagram Airfield after an avalanche struck a mountain pass in the Parwan province in north eastern Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by/ Tech. Sgt. Jeromy K. Cross/released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jan Fink, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group, holds a young avalanche survivor who was medically evacuated to Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Feb. 9, 2010. Dozens of Afghans were taken to Bagram Airfield after an avalanche struck a mountain pass in the Parwan province in north eastern Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by/ Tech. Sgt. Jeromy K. Cross/released)

Senior Airman Kristine Spence is the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Warrior of the Week. She is a biomedical equipment technician assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Medical Group/Task Force Medical and is deployed from the 60th Medical Support Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
Airman Spence’s primary duties include installation, repair and calibration of medical equipment for the Craig Joint Theater Hospital and supporting coalition medical facilities on Bagram Airfield. 
Since arriving, Airman Spence has been a vital component to mission success. She installed equipment and created power sources which increased the Craig Joint Theater Hospitals patient care capability by 38 percent. She also completed 30 percent of the total repair workload, completing 41 scheduled and 9 priority repairs in her first 30 days on station. 
When asked her feelings on being named Warrior of the Week, Airman Spence replied, “I am excited about it. It is an honor to think I was even considered.”
“We keep the hospital running,” she said. She added without the equipment she and her crew maintain, the hospital staff would not be able to provide the quality care their patients need. 
For her nomination, Airman Spence’s supervision stated she recently won Air Force Level Biomedical Equipment Airman of the Year in 2009. Since she has arrived, Airman Spence has impressed her supervisors with her professionalism and positive attitude which also earned her Squadron Airman of the month January 2010. 
Airman Spence is also a victim advocate for the 455th AEW Sexual Assault Response Coordination Office and a member of the 455th EMDG quick reaction force. 
(U.S. Air Force photo by/ Tech. Sgt. Jeromy K. Cross/released)

Senior Airman Kristine Spence is the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Warrior of the Week. She is a biomedical equipment technician assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Medical Group/Task Force Medical and is deployed from the 60th Medical Support Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Airman Spence’s primary duties include installation, repair and calibration of medical equipment for the Craig Joint Theater Hospital and supporting coalition medical facilities on Bagram Airfield. Since arriving, Airman Spence has been a vital component to mission success. She installed equipment and created power sources which increased the Craig Joint Theater Hospitals patient care capability by 38 percent. She also completed 30 percent of the total repair workload, completing 41 scheduled and 9 priority repairs in her first 30 days on station. When asked her feelings on being named Warrior of the Week, Airman Spence replied, “I am excited about it. It is an honor to think I was even considered.” “We keep the hospital running,” she said. She added without the equipment she and her crew maintain, the hospital staff would not be able to provide the quality care their patients need. For her nomination, Airman Spence’s supervision stated she recently won Air Force Level Biomedical Equipment Airman of the Year in 2009. Since she has arrived, Airman Spence has impressed her supervisors with her professionalism and positive attitude which also earned her Squadron Airman of the month January 2010. Airman Spence is also a victim advocate for the 455th AEW Sexual Assault Response Coordination Office and a member of the 455th EMDG quick reaction force. (U.S. Air Force photo by/ Tech. Sgt. Jeromy K. Cross/released)

The 455th Expeditionary Medical Group (EMDG) is the Air Force component for Task Force MED-East, which provides combat medical and combat medical support services to U.S. and coalition forces throughout Afghanistan. 

The 455th EMDG staffs the Craig Joint Theater Hospital. In addition to being the most capable Role III trauma hospital in Afghanistan, the medical group serves as the aeromedical evacuation hub for all AE mission within the Combined Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan.


Approximately 300 Airmen are assigned to the group that provides emergency, in-patient and out-patient services for thousands of U.S. and coalition service members as well as Afghan citizens. 

Some of the services provided at Bagram's Craig Joint Theater Hospital include dental, optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, radiology and family medicine.