18th MDSC logistics chief redeploys from year tour

| May 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Jackson
18th Medical Deployment Support Command Public Affairs

Col. Erin Edgar, commander 18th Medical Deployment Support Command, exits the Honolulu International Airport with Lt. Col. Agustin Gogue, 18th MDSC logistics chief. The unit recently welcomed Gogue back from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan, with leis and hugs. FORT SHAFTER — Soldiers of the 18th Medical Deployment Support Command welcomed home Lt. Col. Gus Gogue, 18th MDSC deputy chief of staff for logistics, with lei and hugs, April 28, at the Honolulu International Airport.

Gogue’s return capped a 12-month deployment, in which he served as logistics chief in support of Task Force, 30th Medical Deployment Support Command, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

The 30th MDSC, a sister unit to 18th MDSC, deployed from U.S. Army Europe to provide command and control of all medical units operating in the Afghanistan area of responsibility.

One of Gogue’s most memorable experiences came while working with the joint services to include the coalition units. 

“Besides working with a great logistics staff, I especially enjoyed working with the Egyptian, Korean and Jordanian coalition hospitals,” said Gogue. “I also had the opportunity to work closely with the Canadian, Spanish, German and Norwegian armed forces partners and nations.”

With a newly expanded medical mission for the AOR, Gogue’s logistics team had many challenges that allowed it to “experience firsthand and fix the problems of limited resources and capabilities that revolve around logistics and by balancing changes to those logistical problems get the AOR on track,” Gogue said.

Gogue and his team described the test in one of their briefings as “the complexities of the forgotten theater,” meaning the Afghanistan AOR was taking second place to the fight in Iraq.  

“There were a lot of lessons learned and after-action reviews,” said Gogue. 

Gogue returns to 18th MDSC, where he served briefly after transferring to the unit from the U.S. Army-Pacific Surgeon’s Office before deploying. He found out during a “hail and farewell” event from USARPAC that he had three weeks to get ready to deploy to Afghanistan. 

“It was a challenging three weeks,” said Gogue. “I’m glad I went. The timing was right for me. We worked hard, and it was a great deployment.” 

Story and Photo bySgt. 1st Class Rodney Jackson18th Medical Deployment Support Command Public AffairsFORT SHAFTER — Soldiers of the 18th Medical Deployment Support Command welcomed home Lt. Col. Gus Gogue, 18th MDSC deputy chief of staff for logistics, with lei and hugs, April 28, at the Honolulu International Airport.Gogue’s return capped a 12-month deployment, in which he served as logistics chief in support of Task Force, 30th Medical Deployment Support Command, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.The 30th MDSC, a sister unit to 18th MDSC, deployed from U.S. Army Europe to provide command and control of all medical units operating in the Afghanistan area of responsibility.One of Gogue’s most memorable experiences came while working with the joint services to include the coalition units. “Besides working with a great logistics staff, I especially enjoyed working with the Egyptian, Korean and Jordanian coalition hospitals,” said Gogue. “I also had the opportunity to work closely with the Canadian, Spanish, German and Norwegian armed forces partners and nations.”With a newly expanded medical mission for the AOR, Gogue’s logistics team had many challenges that allowed it to “experience firsthand and fix the problems of limited resources and capabilities that revolve around logistics and by balancing changes to those logistical problems get the AOR on track,” Gogue said.Gogue and his team described the test in one of their briefings as “the complexities of the forgotten theater,” meaning the Afghanistan AOR was taking second place to the fight in Iraq.  “There were a lot of lessons learned and after-action reviews,” said Gogue. Gogue returns to 18th MDSC, where he served briefly after transferring to the unit from the U.S. Army-Pacific Surgeon’s Office before deploying. He found out during a “hail and farewell” event from USARPAC that he had three weeks to get ready to deploy to Afghanistan. “It was a challenging three weeks,” said Gogue. “I’m glad I went. The timing was right for me. We worked hard, and it was a great deployment.” 

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