Navy Officer Assists Marines in Operational Stress Control

Navy Officer Assists Marines in Operational Stress Control


NAVY LIEUTENANT RYAN MAID CAN OFTEN BE SEEN
WALKING AROUND OFFICES AT CAMP LEATHERNECK, AFGHANISTAN TO SEE HOW THE MARINES OF REGIMENTAL
COMBAT TEAM SIX ARE DOING. “SO HOW’S LIFE OVER AT THE RAS TODAY?”
“NOT SO BAD, SIR” EVER SINCE HE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, MAID KNEW
HE WANTED TO HELP OTHERS. THEN, HE WAS PART OF A PEER GROUP FOR STUDENTS TO SEEK ADVICE
AND HELP ON PROBLEMS OR CHALLENGES THEY MAY BE FACING. “I WAS LIMITED IN WHAT I COULD DO AND I FELT
LIKE PSYCHOLOGY, BEING A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST COULD HELP ME ACCOMPLISH DOING A LOT MORE
WITH PATIENTS.” MAID TURNED HIS PASSION OF HELPING OTHERS
INTO HIS CAREER. HE HELPS MARINES WITH THE REGIMENT AND AND ITS BATTALIONS BATTLE COMBAT
STRESS, PTSD AND A NUMBER OF OTHER MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. “MY FAVORITE PART OF MY JOB IS BEING ABLE
TO TRAVEL AND WORK WITH THE MARINES, ON THEIR LEVEL AND KIND OF IN THEIR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
OUT WITHIN THE BATTLE SPACE.” MAID RUNS THE OPERATIONAL STRESS CONTROL AND
READINESS PROGRAM FOR RCT SIX. THE OSCAR PROGRAM PROVIDES MARINES WITH AN OUTLET TO HELP WITH
THE STRESSES FACING A COMBAT ENVIRONMENT. ALTHOUGH MAID CAN BE BUSY TRAVELING THROUGHOUT
THE REGIMENT’S AREA OF OPERATIONS, HELP FOR MARINES WHO NEED IT IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE. “SO IF A MARINE WANTS TO BE EVALUATED OR WANTS
TO BE TREATED, THEY JUST NEED TO TALK TO THEIR OSCAR TRAINING TEAM MEMBERS OR THEIR CHAIN
OF COMMAND OR THEIR OSCAR EXTENDERS, WHICH ARE YOUR BATTALION SURGEONS, CHAPLAINS, OR
CORPSMEN AND JUST HAVE THEM ASK ABOUT US AND THEY CAN GET IN CONTACT WITH US AND WE CAN
PROVIDE SERVICES TO THEM.” WITH A FRIENDLY SMILE AND AN OPEN EAR, LIEUTENANT
MAID WITH CONTINUE TO DO WHAT HE LOVES, AND HELP THOSE WHO NEED HIS SERVICES WHILE DEPLOYED
TO AFGHANISTAN. CORPORAL ED GALO, CAMP LEATHERNECK, AFGHANISTAN.

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