18th MEDCOM deploys to Mongolia for SMEE

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
Personnel in 18th MEDCOM (DS) and MAF pose for a photo during a USARPAC Medcial Logistics SMEE, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 18-23. (Courtesy of 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support))

Personnel in 18th MEDCOM (DS) and MAF pose for a photo during a USARPAC Medcial Logistics SMEE, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 18-23. (Courtesy of 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support))

Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Jackson
18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) Public Affairs

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia — In support of the U.S. Army-Pacific Theater Security Cooperation Program, 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) medical logistics personnel participated in a subject matter expert exchange, or SMEE, with the Mongolian armed forces, or MAF, here, April 18-23.

“It is mutually beneficial for the medical care, resources and knowledge of global partners to be shared, so that we can maximize materiel availability and reduce mortality on the battlefield,” said Capt. Mark Sanders, supply operations officer, 18th MEDCOM (DS). “We gained exposure to a growing force that is making a bigger impact in our own operations worldwide. If we continue to partner and work with them, we gain a stronger ally in our own operations.”

The SMEE was conducted to improve the MAF’s emergency and resuscitative medical capability and capacity to support contingency operations and enhance logistical support operations for its hospitals.

The 18th MEDCOM (DS) unit, through information sharing and exchange, hoped to foster and promote standards in medical logistics with the MAF logistics professionals, which will increase interoperability and understanding of the respective health care systems.

“This event was an inaugural event for both countries, within the USARPAC area of responsibility,” said Lt. Col. Gus Gogue, chief, operations, 18th MEDCOM (DS). “It provided the participants procedures to consider for improvement, enhanced medical logistics operations and increased the knowledge for deployment in support of peacekeeping operations.”

The SMEE focused on the Global Expeditionary Medical System, medical logistics in supply and inventory management, fundamentals of medical equipment maintenance, life cycle management for medical equipment, regulated medical waste management and hazardous materials, field waste and water disposal procedures, and challenges for deployed equipment.

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