Medical Pacific Integration comes to Hawaii
Brig. Gen. Keith W. Gallagher, commander, Pacific Region Medical Command welcomes participants to the first-ever Pacific Integration medical conference hosted by the 18th Medical Deployment Support Command at the 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe Battle Command Training Center on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii 4-6 Jan.
Schofield Barracks, Hi - Personnel from U.S. Pacific Command, 8th Field Army, Korea, U.S. Army Pacific Command, The Army Medical Department, 8th Theater Support Command, 65th Medical Brigade, and 18th Medical Deployment Support Command, just to name a few, gathered to participate in the first-ever Pacific Integration Medical Conference at the 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe Battle Command Training Center on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii Jan. 4-6.
The 18th MDSC hosted the conference as the participants’ main focus was integrated Army Health Support.
This was the first time many of the participants were in one room together and, as expected, there were some disagreements. This was part of the overall plan for this conference. “Some of the issues discussed needed to be discussed in a forum like this one,” commented Lt. Col. Johnnie Manning, G3 plans officer, 18th Medical Deployment Support Command.
18th MEDCOM is not new to the Pacific Region, but with its change of responsibilities to the medical theater enabling command and a move from Korea to Hawaii in 2008, hosting this conference was one critical step in recognizing many of the participant’s roles, tasks and responsibilities.
“This is about getting the right answer for the whole theater,” said Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, commander, Pacific Region Medical Command and host of the event. “Our job is to be able to build a robust Army Health Support system, look in the mirror you’re; a part of change in the Pacific.”
“(The) Things we do here will give us a broader view of what pacific integration is and give us details of how to do all medical tasks, said Col. Fred Gellert, US Army Pacific G3 plans officer.
During the conference the participants discussed everything from force structure under medical pacific integration, relationships with each other, non combatant evacuation operations, and patient movement help facilitate clear lines of communication and reporting between generating and operational forces to ensure a smooth transition to a single Army Service Component Command in the Pacific.
As the conference wrapped up the participants felt they had a better understanding of each other’s roles and tasks and will take their results to the USARPAC and 8th Field Army Pacific Integration conference Jan. 10-13, 2011.