Army Reserve medical personnel improves readiness serving local communities
(LEFT TO RIGHT) Volunteer Juan Mata, a recently graduated Socorro High School, assists Sgt. Christen Martin, an optical laboratory specialist assigned to 31st Combat Support Hospital and Spc. Kodjo Koukoua, an Army Reserve optical laboratory specialist assigned to 7252nd Medical Support Unit, in processing new eye prescriptions for eyeglass fabrication at Escontrias Early Childhood Center in Socorro, Texas. Martin and Koukoua are two of approximately 50 U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Army Soldiers who are working in partnership with the Texas A&M Colonias program to provide medical care to El Paso County’s underserved colonias population. Services provided by military personnel are done through the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training, a civil-military program that builds mutually beneficial partnerships between U.S. communities and the DoD. The missions selected meet training & readiness requirements for Army Reserve service members while integrating them as a joint and whole-of-society team to serve our American citizens.