UNC Hospitals Provide Support During Decades of Service
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Pediatric respiratory therapist Mark Hall joined the Florida Army National Guard one month after his seventeenth birthday. He was a high school senior.
Hall had been around the Guard his entire life – his dad was full-time Active duty with the Florida Army National Guard, headquartered in St. Augustine, and his mom was a civilian employee with the Guard.
“My mother’s boss, General Charles Willis, swore me in,” Hall says. “Most people are sworn in by a captain at the recruiting station. I gave my first salute to a General.”
Hall spent 32 years and 11 days with the Florida Army National Guard, the D.C. Army National Guard and the North Carolina Army National Guard. By the time of his retirement from the North Carolina Army National Guard last year, he was averaging, on a monthly basis, one weekend drill, three to four additional days in uniform and several nights per week doing military work at home, all while working for the North Carolina Children’s Airway Center at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.
“Service is something I’m proud of,” he says. “And it was also a lot of fun. I met some of the best friends I have through the Guard.”
During his career, he performed many different roles, accumulating greater responsibilities and higher leadership positions. He also had several deployments. In 1989, he went to Honduras on a medical outreach mission. In 2007, he went to Moldova, a small landlocked country between Romania and Ukraine, for a Department of Defense project called Partnership for Peace, where he helped train Moldovan Special Forces. Most recently, in 2011, he spent one year at Camp Arifjan, in Kuwait, with the 113 Sustainment Brigade out of Greensboro, North Carolina, where he focused on medical operations and contingency planning across the Middle East, in the Central Command Area of Operations.
“We prepared for everything that could happen,” he says. “We had to make sure there were enough medical people in the right places to provide the appropriate amount of medical care no matter what situation arose.”
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November 30, 2020
November 30, 2020