16 May '17, 12am

[email protected] Soldier, surgeon prepares for deployment

.@USArmyReserve Soldier, surgeon prepares for deployment

N'DJAMENA, Chad -- It was just another ordinary day of practicing medicine in Dallas, Georgia, for Michael Shotwell until a U.S. Army recruiter walked in and changed everything. Shotwell wanted to serve in the military when he was younger, but life took him down a different path: medical school, marriage, children, surgical residency, opening a private practice. He thought his time to be a Soldier had passed. It wasn't until 2013 that he learned not only could he be a Soldier, but the Army was actually looking for people with his credentials. According to Shotwell, the recruiter said, "We can still use you now, we are short of general surgeons in the Reserve." Within a few months, Shotwell took the oath of office and was commissioned into the U.S. Army Reserve as a major and assigned to the 75th Combat Support Hospital, 3rd Medical Command Deployment Support. "The reason I...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/187734

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