124th Med. Det. preps for deployment

| February 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Anthony Curbelo (left), optical lab technician, 124th Med. Det, 18th MEDCOM, trains Sgt. Tiffany Cogburn, combat medic and certified paraoptometric technician, TAMC, on lens machines during the units field training exercise that ran Jan. 19-20, to evaluate the unit’s equipment and training for upcoming exercises and a deployment to Afghanistan later this spring. (Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Jackson | 18th Medical Deployment Support Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. Anthony Curbelo (left), optical lab technician, 124th Med. Det, 18th MEDCOM, trains Sgt. Tiffany Cogburn, combat medic and certified paraoptometric technician, TAMC, on lens machines during the units field training exercise that ran Jan. 19-20, to evaluate the unit’s equipment and training for upcoming exercises and a deployment to Afghanistan later this spring. (Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Jackson | 18th Medical Deployment Support Command Public Affairs)

124th Medical Detachment, 18th Medical Deployment Support Command
News Release

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — The 124th Medical Detachment, 18th Med. Deployment Support Command, held a field training exercise, here, Jan. 19-20, which evaluated the deployment readiness and mobility of the unit’s equipment, and allowed the unit to train for upcoming exercises and a deployment later this spring.

During the exercise, team chiefs provided deployment-focused training, and eye technicians and optical fabrication specialists performed cross training to ensure they could perform each other’s mission during the deployment.

“We are a highly deployable unit, because we can split into two teams to perform two separate operations,” said Maj. Debra McNamara, commander, 124th Med. Det., 18th MDSC. “We can rapidly deploy and provide eye care for full-spectrum operations.”

The unit edged and inserted 40 lenses, updated 20 medical profiles and completed 15 comprehensive eye exams during the exercise.

Each team has the capability to provide ocular examinations to detect, prevent, diagnose, treat and manage ocular-related disorders, injuries, diseases and visual dysfunctions on the battlefield. They also provide spectacle fabrication, frame assembly and repair services to brigade and non-brigade units in the area of operations.

“We add the finishing touch to the optometry experience,” said Sgt. Anthony Curbelo, optical lab technician, 124th Med. Det. “We make sure the Soldier has the right glasses and frame in order to see.”

The 124th Med. Det.’s mission is to provide optometry care and optical fabrication to deployed brigade-sized combat units, stability operations and support operations. The medical detachment consists of six personnel who can be divided into two teams.

Each optometry team consists of one team chief — a doctor of optometry who supervises and conducts eye examinations and patient diagnosis, and manages eye injuries; one combat medic — an optometric technician who supervises and performs routine and specialized diagnostic tests, assists in the care of optometry patients and ensures the assembly, maintenance and repair of optical equipment; and one optical lab technician — who supervises, assembles, repairs and fabricates spectacles, and operates edging machines and other optical fabrication equipment.

Before deployment, the unit will also be adding a certified paraoptometric technician from Tripler Army Medical Center, who can help perform minor surgical procedures and work on minor eye injuries in theater.

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