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    French connection: TSC medical company hosts allied cadet

    French connection: TSC medical company hosts allied cadet

    Photo By 94th Airlift Wing | French Cadet Oliver Galeron of the French Combined Arms Academy inspects his target...... read more read more



    Courtesy Story

    421st Medical Multifunctional Battalion

    By 2nd Lt. Nicholas Molinelli
    8th Medical Company (Logistics)

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany – American medical support personnel serving with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Germany welcomed French cadets into their organization, demonstrating the vibrancy and integrity of the NATO alliance as well as the technical expertise and quality of training available within regional U.S. military organizations.

    Soldiers of the 8th Medical Company (Logistics), 421st Medical Battalion (Multifunctional), part of the TSC’s 30th Medical Brigade, hosted Cadet Olivier Galeron of the French Combined Arms Academy from Jan. 18 to Feb. 12 as part of a program designed to improve interoperability and language skills as well as broaden participants’ knowledge of military operations.

    Galeron, along with other cadets embedded across the TSC, quickly integrated into the company by participating in daily physical readiness training, eating with Soldiers at the military dining facility and leading Soldiers during the daily operations of the company. Soldiers from the company provided training and coaching on their medical logistics mission. The training included familiarization with the digital customer assistance module – a system used to order medical supplies – and observation of regular maintenance service performed on a medical device in the company’s medical maintenance shop.

    During his second week, Galeron participated in a company field training exercise. He assisted the company in establishing an area of operations and developing all of the company’s capabilities. Galeron, a former noncommissioned officer in the French mountain infantry, served as a squad leader and shared his experiences with the company during convoy and counter-improvised explosive device training.

    Galeron conducted a class on the structure, equipment, and day-to-day life of the French Army as part of the exchange. This brief provided American personnel a fresh perspective on the French Army and shed light on the similarities in day-to-day life in the two Armies.

    The medical logisticians didn’t neglect the social dimensions of the American military experience. Galeron received an introduction to the customs and courtesies of the U.S. Army during the 30th Medical Brigade and 421st MMB New Year’s Receptions. The cadet met key leaders from the Bundeswehr and NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine as well as the 30th Medical Brigade and 21st TSC during the brigade reception.

    Program organizers, brigade officials and unit leaders alike described the exchange as very successful.

    “The visit was beneficial for both Cadet Galeron and the company’s Soldiers,” said Capt. Jeku Arce, 30th Med. Bde. spokesman. “I think everyone gained a lot through shared experiences, whether training, casual conversation, daily life or the formal events. This exchange emphasized the importance of interoperability and forging relationship with NATO partners. This visit and events like this are essential for developing those lasting relationships.”



    Date Taken: 02.16.2016
    Date Posted: 02.18.2016 12:38
    Story ID: 189179
    Location: BAUMHOLDER, DE 

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