Year in Review: 18th MDSC wraps up 2010

| January 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from 18th MDSC move a casualty out of a mock-village that was overrun by insurgents to a safe area, during lane training exercises at Marine Corps Training Area-Bellows, Feb. 3-6, 2010.

Soldiers from 18th MDSC move a casualty out of a mock-village that was overrun by insurgents to a safe area, during lane training exercises at Marine Corps Training Area-Bellows, Feb. 3-6, 2010.

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

New teams are assigned 

 

FORT SHAFTER — The year 2010 was fast paced for the 18th Medical Deployment Support Command, and the beginning of the new year has yet to show that things are slowing down.

Since its activation in Hawaii in 2008, the unit has accomplished many first-time and first-ever events. One historical event happened when Tuskegee Airmen pilots visited during the 2010 Black History month observance, here. Another first, was the patch ceremony for the 124th Optometry Team, assigned to 18th MDSC, in February.

The U.S. Army Medical Department hosted its annual Best Warrior Competition and brought the competition to Hawaii for the first time in 2010. The 18th MDSC hosted the event in March, bringing medical Soldiers, Armywide, to Oahu to compete for the title.

In April, the unit welcomed back one of its Soldiers from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Gus Gogue, deputy chief of staff for logistics, 18th MDSC, was greeted with lei and hugs, April 28, at the Honolulu International Airport.

April was also a month for one of the many medical training exercises and subject matter expert exchanges, as 18th MDSC members deployed to Mongolia for their first nursing exchange with the Mongolian armed forces.

The 8th Forward Surgical Team arrived in June, becoming the second unit assigned to the 18th MDSC. The team transitioned to the 18th MDSC after returning from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan.

In July, the 124th Optometry Team received its deployable optometry packages and is currently preparing for an upcoming deployment. The first Strong Bonds marriage retreat was also held in Waikiki that month.

In August, the unit successfully achieved initial operation capable status in a certification exercise during Ulchi Freedom Guardian.

The 18th MDSC accomplished many things last year, and it looks forward to the challenges of this year.

 

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