18th MEDCOM becomes full operations capable during UFG

| September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments
Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski (second from left), commander, USARPAC, talks to Col. Michael McDonald (center), chief of staff, 18th MEDCOM (DS); Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher (third from right), commander, PRMC and TAMC, and commander, Professional Filler System Officers, 18th MEDCOM (DS); Col. Judith Bock (second from right), commander, 18th MEDCOM (DS); and Command Sgt. Maj. Garfield Skyers (right), senior enlisted leader, 18th MEDCOM (DS), during an out-briefing from the 18th MEDCOM’s command team and senior observer controller from 30th MEDCOM (DS), after 18th MEDCOM’s participation in UFG 2011.

Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski (second from left), commander, USARPAC, talks to Col. Michael McDonald (center), chief of staff, 18th MEDCOM (DS); Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher (third from right), commander, PRMC and TAMC, and commander, Professional Filler System Officers, 18th MEDCOM (DS); Col. Judith Bock (second from right), commander, 18th MEDCOM (DS); and Command Sgt. Maj. Garfield Skyers (right), senior enlisted leader, 18th MEDCOM (DS), during an out-briefing from the 18th MEDCOM’s command team and senior observer controller from 30th MEDCOM (DS), after 18th MEDCOM’s participation in UFG 2011.

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

FORT SHAFTER — The 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) completed a certification exercise in support of exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2011, in South Korea, Aug. 16-27.

The exercise will officially make the unit “full operations capable” to perform its wartime mission as U.S. Army-Pacific’s lead medical theater enabling command. The certification exercise set realistic and tough training events that tested the unit’s ability to manage theater-level medical mission command elements that enable Army Health Systems to provide comprehensive, seamless and flexible health services to all supported forces.

UFG is a regularly scheduled summer exercise, involving forces from both the Republic of Korea and the U.S., that provides valuable training for both forces.

As part of the certification, 18th MEDCOM (DS) organized its main command post, here; deployed the Operational Command Post to Segami Army Depot, Japan; and conducted operations between the two command posts and other units participating in the exercise.

The unit was evaluated by a team of observer controllers from 30th MEDCOM (DS), the unit’s sister MEDCOM based in Europe.

“As we send out the right teams and continue to build based on the situations and conditions on the ground, that is the best anybody is going to be able to ask of us,” said Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, USARPAC. “This is the first time I’ve seen a MEDCOM, in my 32 years, really exercise in this manner and truly follow exactly what I’ve asked for in our area of responsibility.

“My (hat is) off to everyone from the team,” he said. “I have great faith and confidence in this organization’s ability to meet the very stringent requirement across this (area of operations).”

Wiercinski and Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, commander, U.S. Army MEDCOM, received the results of the evaluation in a briefing from the senior observer controller in 30th MEDCOM and 18th MEDCOM’s command team, Aug. 30. They will officially declare the unit full operations capable in mid-September.

“In the last couple of years, we’ve been working hard and very diligently in standing up this mission command headquarters, and it culminated last week and the week prior with the (UFG) exercise,” said Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, commander, Pacific Region Medical Command and Tripler Army Medical Center, and commander, Professional Filler System Officers, 18th MEDCOM (DS). “It was a great exercise. … We’ve learned a lot; we grew a lot.”

Gallagher also asked the staff to package its lessons learned and to update operating procedures to reflect knowledge learned.

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