YIR: 18th MEDCOM (DS) takes on many medical missions

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
Col. Bret Ackermann (left), commander, 18th MEDCOM (DS), takes the sword from Command Sgt. Maj. Garfield Skyers as a sign of him relinquishing responsibility of the unit to Command Sgt. Maj. Alexis King, Sept. 17.  (Photo courtesy Tripler Army Medical Center)

Col. Bret Ackermann (left), commander, 18th MEDCOM (DS), takes the sword from Command Sgt. Maj. Garfield Skyers as a sign of him relinquishing responsibility of the unit to Command Sgt. Maj. Alexis King, Sept. 17. (Photo courtesy Tripler Army Medical Center)

Staff Sgt. Nicole Howell
18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — In July, the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) welcomed Col. Bret Ackermann as the new commander as it bid farewell to Col. Judith Bock, who relinquished control after completing her two-year command.

Shortly following this change of command, the unit welcomed a new senior enlisted leader into its ranks, Sept. 17. Command Sgt. Maj. Alexis King assumed responsibility of MEDCOM from Command Sgt. Maj. Garfield Skyers, concluding his two-year tenure.

As changes continued in late 2013, the 18th MEDCOM (DS) was notified and assisted with the deactivation of its subordinate unit, the 124th Medical Detachment (Optometry), which had conducted optometry care for more than seven different countries within the Pacific Rim.

Throughout 2013, the 18th MEDCOM (DS) also conducted numerous missions in line with the Theater Support Cooperation Program (TSCP) and has already begun to plan future engagements next year.

Its role in the TSCP is intended to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Asia-Pacific allies, as well as strengthen partnerships within the region through the education, support and collaboration of medical practices and procedures used worldwide.

The command also conducted its annual visit to Radford High School in support of its sponsorship program and the Radford High Health Services Career Pathway program. Booths were set up at the school’s health fair as a way to expose the students to an array of medical practices within the Army’s ranks.

During the visit, combat medics, dental surgeons and optometry specialists talked to students about the importance of good health.

Other key events during the year included two large-scale training exercises, one internal medical exercise and support for Operation Dayaman.

The command conducted 17 re-enlistments and focused on building esprit de corps.

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