18th Medical Command (DS) sets new standards on all fronts

| December 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
Soldiers of the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) join other service members from various branches of the Armed Forces and soldiers from the Royal Thai Army to comprise the Cooperative Health Engagement (CHE) Team to share best medical practices before visiting local villages in Saraburi Province, Thailand during Hanuman Guardian 2016.

Soldiers of the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) join other service members from various branches of the Armed Forces and soldiers from the Royal Thai Army to comprise the Cooperative Health Engagement (CHE) Team to share best medical practices before visiting local villages in Saraburi Province, Thailand during Hanuman Guardian 2016.

Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) Public Affairs

HONOLULU — In the fall of 2015, Col. Ann M. Sammartino, commander of the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support), challenged her officers and senior noncommissioned officers, during a weeklong planning conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, to re-evaluate the unit’s mission and long-term training and engagement strategies, and to focus on improving all aspects of individual and unit readiness.

With Sammartino’s guidance at the forefront for 2016, the Pacific Knights began an arduous quest to achieve unprecedented levels of readiness and training while continuing to provide the premier command and control element for medical resources in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.

Leaders from U.S. Army Pacific Command, 18th Medical Command, and U.S. Air Force’s 35th Medical Wing host medical professionals from the Republic of Vietnam to discuss issues related to medical logistics and deployment readiness during the Joint Medical Exercise 2016 held at Misawa Air Force Base, Japan 20-24 August.

Leaders from U.S. Army Pacific Command, 18th Medical Command, and U.S. Air Force’s 35th Medical Wing host medical professionals from the Republic of Vietnam to discuss issues related to medical logistics and deployment readiness during the Joint Medical Exercise 2016 held at Misawa Air Force Base, Japan 20-24 August.

The plan was simple.  The Soldiers and leaders of the 18th MEDCOM would continue to support nine combined exercises, including Ulchi Freedom Guardian, Cobra Gold, Balikatan and Angkor Sentinel in 2016 while also providing personnel and coordinating support for dozens of Global Health Engagements throughout the region. In addition, the Pacific Knights wanted to apply these missions to a coordinated effort to improve individual Soldier and unit readiness.

Over the course of the year, the Pacific Knights visited over a dozen countries in the Pacific, including China, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand.

The missions varied from training in basic medical skills to training in advanced pre-deployment logistical readiness.

The 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) inducted its newest Noncommissioned Officers into the NCO Corps., in the unit’s first induction ceremony since the unit moved to Hawaii in 2008 at Richardson Theater on Fort Shafter in Honololu, Hawaii on May 14, 2016.

The 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) inducted its newest Noncommissioned Officers into the NCO Corps., in the unit’s first induction ceremony since the unit moved to Hawaii in 2008 at Richardson Theater on Fort Shafter in Honololu, Hawaii on May 14, 2016.

Soldiers and leaders of the 18th MEDCOM advanced unit readiness in preparation for a Culminating Training Exercise (CTE) designed to challenge the unit’s ability to operate in multiple locations throughout the region.

While serving as the medical command for Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2016, the unit mobilized active and reserve Soldiers from Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, Camp Carroll in Korea, and Misawa Air Force Base and Camp Zama Army Base in Japan.

The unit exercised each level of its medical command through synchronous efforts of dedicated Soldiers, facilitated a medical readiness exercise (MEDEX-16) and assisted in training a contingent of the Vietnamese People’s Army medical logisticians team in preparation for its upcoming deployment.

Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen Nadja Y. West, Commanding General U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM), visited 18TH Medical Command (Deployment Support) for an on-site inspection during its annual Culminating Training Event (CTE) held at Area X-ray on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, August 22, 2016.

Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen Nadja Y. West, Commanding General U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM), visited 18TH Medical Command (Deployment Support) for an on-site inspection during its annual Culminating Training Event (CTE) held at Area X-ray on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, August 22, 2016.

As the MEDCOM Command Team elevated the unit’s level of readiness, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) command team was devoted to improving the mental and physical readiness of each Soldier.

This included increasing the number of field training exercises, incorporating new and improved equipment, bolstering the physical readiness training program and providing countless hours of resilience training.

By supporting Soldiers’ efforts to improve personal growth and development, the unit saw more Soldiers attend institutes of higher learning, participate in every competitive running race on Oahu and increase their overall physical training score averages.

The unit is currently expanding its training plans for 2017 to ensure Soldiers and leaders of the 18th MEDCOM remain at the forefront of readiness and training.

18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) represented the United States Army during this years 100th Anniversary King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade held in Waikiki, Hawaii on June 11th, 2016.

18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) represented the United States Army during this years 100th Anniversary King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade held in Waikiki, Hawaii on June 11th, 2016.

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