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The 105th AW Welcomes Cardiopulmonary Lab Technician

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STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. - One of the 105th Airlift Wing’s newest Airmen, Staff Sergeant Noah Lubben, a Cardiopulmonary Lab technician, brings a wealth of knowledge to the 105th Medical Group.

He is charged with a job that entails helping doctors who diagnose and treat diseases of the heart and lungs.

Caring for our Airmen and their families requires the knowledge of highly skilled Airmen educated by a curriculum overseen by The University of the Incarnate Word, an accredited university located in Texas.

Lubben said that the technical school for this field was a year long with students coming out with an associates degree from the University.

Uniquely, this career field requires college general education courses to begin training, due to Airmen receiving the associates degree.

“In the military this is one of those jobs where you're training on the inside correlates directly to getting a job on the outside.” said Lubben.

You also get a national certification for RRT or Registered Respiratory Therapist, Lubben said.

He explained that the schooling for this job was rigorous and challenging with four months in the schoolhouse and eight months of clinical rotation, where you rotate though different clinics in areas you’re going to specialize in.

“The main focus is respiratory therapy,” said Lubben, “but they also have sub-focuses on cardiology, pulmonology and sleep lab, where they do sleep studies for people with sleep apnea.”

Airmen in this career field focus on patient recovery with the goal of weening patients off of ventilators and have them healthy enough to breath on their own.

He said that those who complete the training will then work with specialists and experts in the medical field.

Lubben said that Airmen would mostly use stethoscopes but would also be trained on specialized equipment, like ventilators.

He also stated that if you were cream of the crop, you were picked for CCAT, which is critical care air transport.

The CCAT crew consist of a nurse, doctor and respiratory therapist whose job it is to keep the patient stable.

“I had friends who did hurricane relief with that,” Lubben said “and they went out on C-130s and C-17s and landed in areas with the ventilators and were there on standby in case anyone needed critical care or medical evacuation.”

Lubben is extremely happy with his choice of career field.

“I like working with patients and working with experts too, you get to work with doctors and nurses,” said Lubben