18th Medical Command (DS) Medical Team Rolls Through Thailand
Medical Civilian Assistance Project (MEDCAP) team dentists assist a young Thai child in the village of Kanjanaburi during exercise Cobra Gold 2010 MEDCAP in the country of Thailand Feb. 1-11.
Thailand - 18th Medical Deployment Support Command civil affairs and force health protection personnel participated in exercise Cobra Gold 2010 Medical Civilian Assistance Project (MEDCAP) in the country of Thailand Feb. 1-11.
The MEDCAP team traveled to seven different remote villages along the Thai Burma boarder providing basic level one medical and veterinarian assistance to the village residents and their livestock. The exercise was a joint humanitarian effort. Lt. Col. Curt White, 18th MEDCOM (DS) civil affairs chief and Sgt. Maj. James Byrnes, 18th MEDCOM (DS) force health protection senior noncommissioned officer, were the officer and senior noncommissioned officer in charge.
Lt. Col. Curt White (front row fourth from left), 18th MEDCOM (DS) chief of civil affairs, and Sgt. Maj. James Byrnes, 18th MEDCOM (DS) clinical services senior noncommissioned officer (front row second from right), and the rest of the Medical Civilian Assistance Project (MEDCAP) team members take a moment to pose for a photo on the morning of their last mission during exercise Cobra Gold 2010 MEDCAP in the country of Thailand Feb. 1-11.
The team consisted of 19 U.S. medical personnel from the Army, Navy, and Air Force, five medical personnel from Japan, eight medical personnel from Singapore, five medical personnel from Korea, and three personnel from Indonesia. In addition to these personnel there were 21 Thai interpreters who traveled with the team, and numerous Thai medical personnel who met the team during the MEDCAP exercise at the various villages. Over three thousand patients were treated, along with 500 various animals who were seen by the veterinarian team.
“The MEDCAP mission was a very successful mission,” said White. “The mission received high praise from the Thai government, and all the MEDCAP personnel expressed gratitude for being able to provide comfort and medical assistance to the village residents who in some cases had not received medical assistance for several years.”