124th Optometry Team gets enhanced equipment

| July 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

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

Staff Sgt. Demeteres Files, left, 124th Optometry Team, 18th Medical Deployment Support Command, and Benjamin Fitchett, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, inspect a lens meter while inventorying new equipment.FORT SHAFTER — The 124th Optometry Team, 18th Medical Deployment Support Command, recently received modernized equipment, not for use in its clinic on Schofield Barracks, but to be containerized for fast deployment anywhere in the U.S. Army-Pacific area of responsibility, if necessary.

The unit unpackaged and inspected the equipment at the logistics central receiving point on Wheeler Army Airfield, with the aid of personnel from the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency and General Dynamics Information Technology. 

The MMA personnel were responsible for the accountability of all of the equipment, and GDIT was responsible for making sure the equipment worked. 

“We make sure nothing has been damaged in shipment, make sure everything works and that it is mission-capable and ready to go,” said Amber Robinson, biomedical engineer technician, GDIT. “Our job is to also make sure the unit is comfortable with the equipment, answer any questions and, if we can’t answer the question, put the unit in touch with the person that can.”

“The process went smoothly,” said Staff Sgt. Demeteres Files, optical fabrication technician, 124th Optometry Team, 18th MDSC, who was expecting to only have a couple of Soldiers available to help. “It really felt like a joint team. I’m glad we had the support.” 

“The teams were well organized and had all lists and packages arranged accordingly,” said Maj. Youykham Chanthavilay, optometrist, 124th Optometry Team, 18th MDSC. “This equipment will go into containers and when we deploy, we will take it with us.”

The 18th MDSC is a sister unit to the 30th MDSC located in Heidelberg, Germany. These are the only two active duty MDSC units in the Army. 

The 30th MDSC deployed from U.S. Army-Europe for a year to provide command and control of all medical units operating in the Afghanistan in 2009. The 18th MDSC is currently preparing to undergo a certification exercise in August that will make the unit initial-operation capable.

Category: News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *