124th Med. Det. cases its colors for deployment

| May 20, 2011 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. Debra McNamara (right), commander, 124th Med. Det., 18th MEDCOM (DS), and Staff Sgt. Joseph Hagan, eye technician, 124th Med. Det., case the unit’s colors for its deployment to Afghanistan during a ceremony on Fort Shafter, May 13. The unit will provide optometry services while deployed.

Lt. Col. Debra McNamara (right), commander, 124th Med. Det., 18th MEDCOM (DS), and Staff Sgt. Joseph Hagan, eye technician, 124th Med. Det., case the unit’s colors for its deployment to Afghanistan during a ceremony on Fort Shafter, May 13. The unit will provide optometry services while deployed.

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

FORT SHAFTER — The 124th Medical Detachment, 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support), cased its colors for deployment in support of theater operations in Afghanistan, during a ceremony, here, May 13.

The unit completed deployment readiness exercises, trained on its mobile equipment and participated in theater security cooperation missions, earlier this year, in preparation for the deployment.

The detachment will provide optometry care and optical fabrication to deployed, brigade-sized combat units, stability operations and support operations.

Lt. Col. Debra McNamara (left), commander, 124th Med. Det., 18th MEDCOM (DS), stands in front of the formation, as the unit prepares to case its colors for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan during a ceremony on Fort Shafter, May 13.

Lt. Col. Debra McNamara (left), commander, 124th Med. Det., 18th MEDCOM (DS), stands in front of the formation, as the unit prepares to case its colors for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan during a ceremony on Fort Shafter, May 13.

The medical detachment consists of six personnel who can be divided into two teams. 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. The teams can also provide spectacle fabrication, frame assembly and repair services to brigade and non-brigade units in the area of operations.

In her remarks, Maj. Debra McNamara, commander, 124th Med. Det., expressed high expectations of the unit. She said team members are highly trained on their individual tasks, and they have completed a field training exercise, a certification exercise and two theater security cooperation missions to Cambodia and the Philippines to train on mission-essential tasks.

“We are proud to serve and ready to deploy,” McNamara said. “The training and missions were great learning experiences for both the 124th Med. Det. and the 18th MEDCOM (DS) staff sections.

“The 18th MEDCOM (DS) helped the 124th Med. Det. with training and preparation for deployment, while also preparing to get its first unit out the door,” she said. “This is another milestone for the 18th MEDCOM (DS).”

Staff Sgt. Demeteres Files, noncommissioned officer in charge, 124th Med. Det., will help McNamara lead the first team into theater. The second team will deploy later this year.

“Being the first out of any unit to deploy is always hard, so we’re going to do what we need to do to set a high standard for followers of the 124th Med. Det.,” Files said. “I think that we are ready for this and will take on any challenges that may seem difficult.”

 

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