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    JBLM medics support Joint Warfighter Assessment 19

    JBLM medics support Joint Warfighter Assessment 19

    Photo By Maj. Jessie Valdez | Col. Laura Elliott, 62nd Medical Brigade commander, provides an operations update...... read more read more



    Story by Maj. Jessie Valdez 

    593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command

    JOINT BASE LEWIS McCHORD, Wash. -- More than 70 Soldiers from the 62nd Medical Brigade participated in the Joint Warfighting Assessment 19, a joint, multinational military exercise conducted at Yakima Training Center, April 29 to May 10.

    The brigade provided synchronized and continuous allied health support in multidomain operations along with the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support), from Fort Shafter, Hawaii, which served as the brigade’s higher command.

    The 62nd Med. Bde. established a tactical operations center on JBLM to conduct a medical mission command across the joint multidomain battlespace. The TOC supported the 29th Hospital Center, the 549th Hospital Center, the 627th Hospital Center and the 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion. The mission tested the prolonged care concept and the new force design updates of combat support hospitals.

    In addition, the brigade provided 24-hour mission command, Army health service support and force health protection in the joint task force area of operations.

    Soldiers from subordinate units acted as unit leadership to exercise the brigade staff through realistic battlefield scenarios. This drove them to execute tactical standard operating procedures and battle drills in timely battle tracking and staff synchronization, essential for planning courses of action.

    The 250th Forward Resuscitative Surgical Team, 47th Combat Support Hospital, 62nd Med. Bde., deployed to YTC and explored the capabilities of virtual medicine while receiving a steady intake of simulated battlefield-wounded patients.

    “(The 250th FRST also) identified training gaps in the delayed evacuation casualty management system as a whole when managing patients for an extended period in a peer on peer conflict,” said Maj. Brian Gallahan, 250th FRST commander.

    Leadership from I Corps, 18 MEDCOM (DS), the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, as well as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, observed the brigade staff processes and received operations briefs.
    The 18th MEDCOM (DS) and the 62nd Med. Bde. liaison officers provided vital communication links for two brigade TOCs operating in geographically separated locations and time zones.

    Observer controller trainers from the 44th Medical Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, identified strengths and offered recommendations for command post operations, clinical operations, medical regulating, sustainment and mission command processes.

    The synchronization and communication among staff sections was vital for patient care, especially for clinical operations.
    Major Kyle Nebelsick, clinical operations deputy chief, 62nd Med. Bde., said the staff sections also worked with the brigade staff sections to provide expertise and analysis for optimal patient movement and medical treatment.

    The Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate team, from Joint Base San Antonio, educated command teams and brigade leadership in prolonged care and multidomain operations and provided insight during the assessment for future medical operations.

    "JWA provided the brigade headquarters a fantastic opportunity to exercise our mission essential tasks while working with 18th MEDCOM,” said Col. Laura Elliott, 62nd Med. Bde. commander. “This allowed us to truly test mission command of operational medical capabilities, while providing feedback to the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School Health Readiness Center of Excellence to help shape the future of medical operations in multidomain operations.”



    Date Taken: 06.05.2019
    Date Posted: 07.24.2019 18:00
    Story ID: 332880

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