• JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Mechelle Winder, widow of Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Winder, stands with Col. Dallas Homas, commander of Madigan Healthcare System, and Col. Robert C Shakespear, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Dental Activity commander, as The National Anthem is played during the dedication ceremony of Winder Family Clinic June 27.

    State of the art clinic named after fallen soldier

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Mechelle Winder, widow of Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Winder, stands with Col. Dallas Homas, commander of Madigan Healthcare System, and Col. Robert C Shakespear, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Dental Activity commander, as The...

  • JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Mechelle Winder, widow of Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Winder, cuts the ceremonial red tape at the Winder Family Clinic’s dedication ceremony with the help of Col. Dallas Homas, commander of Madigan Healthcare System, and Col. Robert C Shakespear, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Dental Activity commander June 27.

    State of the art clinic named after fallen soldier

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Mechelle Winder, widow of Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Winder, cuts the ceremonial red tape at the Winder Family Clinic’s dedication ceremony with the help of Col. Dallas Homas, commander of Madigan Healthcare System, and...

  • JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Soldiers from 1st Special Forces Group stand proudly in formation as the Winder Family Clinic is dedicated to one of their fallen comrades June 27.

    State of the art clinic named after fallen soldier

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Soldiers from 1st Special Forces Group stand proudly in formation as the Winder Family Clinic is dedicated to one of their fallen comrades June 27.

Sgt. 1st Class Nathan L. Winder, a Special Forces medical sergeant with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, was killed in action June 26 2007 from small arms fire north of Dinwaniyah, Iraq. His team was assisting another U.S. Army element as a member of a special forces quick reaction force.

“He was one of the most caring guys I had,” said Dale Betz, manager of new market development. “He was like the kid brother who always wants to help out.”

While out on a patrol, Winder noticed an Iraqi girl with a large gash on her cheek who was being refused treatment at an Iraqi clinic. Even though it wasn’t their responsibility, Winder decided he was going to treat the girl and asked his guys to secure a perimeter around him. Once secure, he stitched the girl’s cheek and cleaned the wound while in front of the clinic, ignoring the dangers of being attacked and the extreme heat that they faced, said Betz.

“As a Soldier, he was like the athlete who was calm and collected enough to make the game-winning impossible shot, and he did it while actually being shot at,” said Betz. “He did amazing things time and time again. He did things that made you say, ‘that could never be repeated,’ but he did it again and again.”

The new Army clinic dedicated to Winder is the first clinic on Joint Base Lewis-McChord to be awarded Leed Gold, an award given to environmentally friendly structures. It is also the first Army clinic to combine medical and dental capabilities into one facility.

The Winder Family Clinic uses new technologies like its solar powered water heating system to do its part to meet the Army’s goal of completely moving away from fossil fuels, which improves the care of soldiers and their families by giving them the most up to date care available while helping the environment for the future.

Though Winder will not have the opportunity to treat any patients at this new clinic, it is because of him and soldiers like him that the Army is able to continue to strive for a better future for everyone.

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