Navy reservist support underserved community

The Guard and Reserve provide health care to Kaua’i during Tropic Care 2012 despite the island enduring one of its worst storms in decades. Defense Media Activity ,Video by Tech. Sgt. Michael Jackson, Hawaii News Bureau – (DVIDS)

Often when military personal participate in training exercises, it is to prepare them for deployment, to brush up on skills or to gain additional skills. Earlier this month, Department of Defense reserve medical providers took a unique approach to training that helped more than just their battle buddies or shipmates.

We have often heard the phrase, “When it rains, it pours.” In Hawaii, that’s a true statement and it didn’t stop for one of the Department of Defense’s latest Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) projects known as Tropic Care/ New Day Kauai.

From Feb. 28 through March 9, nearly 400 reservists from the U.S. Navy and Air Force provided free dental and medical care to over 5000 residents of Hawaii during Tropic Care Kauai 2012/ New Day Kauai initiative. Department of Defense Reserve doctors, nurses, pharmacists, ophthalmologists, opticians and dentists from around the country joined forces and coordinated with the Kauai District Health Office, Hawaiian Department of Health and other civil and local authorities to help their local community and gain some valuable experience.

IRT projects like this provide real world deployment and readiness training opportunities to military members and units, while also helping local underserved populations by providing free health services.

Tropic Care/ New Day Kauai initiative is part of several other joint multi-service programs that support to a variety of underserved rural and Native American populations and communities located in remote areas throughout the United States and its territories.

For more information on IRT programs, click here.


Proclamation from Governor Hawaii, offered on March 2012