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Mobilization

Army-level delegation observes RTS-Medical program

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

      A three-member delegation of Army-level medical personnel made an on-site visit to the facilities/equipment, programs and personnel at the Regional Training Site-Medical (RTS-Medical) at Fort McCoy to observe firsthand the organization's capability to support medical training and deployment.

Photo: Members of an Army-level delegation are briefed by RTS-Medical employee Will Ten Haff (right, standing next to the monitors) about an advanced mannequin system. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Members of an Army-level delegation are briefed by RTS- Medical employee Will Ten Haff (right, standing next to the monitors) about an advanced mannequin system. 
(Photo by Rob Schuette)

      Maj. Gen. Deborah Wheeling, the Deputy Surgeon General, of the Office of the Army Surgeon General, led the delegation during its special visit.

      Gregg Stevens, the deputy to the commanding general of the Army Medical Department Center and School, and Brig. Gen. Richard Stone, the commander of the Medical Readiness Training Command, also were present.

      Stevens and Stone are from organizations located at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio.

      The group visited Fort McCoy because it has served as a mobilization platform for medical forces since the beginning of the Global War on Terror, Stone said.

      "We attended briefings about the equipment, theater-specific equipment, new equipment, and saw demonstrations (about RTS-Medical's capability to train and deploy medical personnel)," Wheeling said. "It appears they are doing it in an exceptional manner."


"Meetings like this help us create a partnership to allow us to be successful."

Brig. Gen. Richard Stone,
Commander of the Medical Readiness Training Command

      Stevens said as a representative of the Center and School for medical training it was important for him to see the actual instruction as his organization serves as the adviser of the educational curriculum.

      Included in his duties are providing oversight for Army actions in support of medical education and training consolidation that is directed in the Base Realignment and Closure 2005 legislation and the Quadrennial Defense Review, Military Health System Recommendation No. 5.

      "It creates a synergetic association between the school and the teaching," he said.

      "The instructors know the lessons learned, which can be incorporated into the curriculum."

      Stevenson said the medical training also may be compatible or transferable to other military services with medical personnel, including the Navy and Air Force.   

Photo: An Army-level delegation is briefed by RTS-Medical employee Michele Bollman (third from right) about portable X-Ray systems. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
An Army-level delegation is briefed by RTS-Medical employee Michele Bollman (third from right) about portable X-Ray systems. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

      Stone said RTS-Medical reports to his organization, the Medical Readiness Training Command.

      The visit comes at an important time as the Army Reserve is moving from a strategic to an operational force.

      "Meetings like this help us create a partnership to allow us to be successful," he said.

      The Army Reserve must be ready to help support multiple contingencies, and the training offered by RTS-Medical sites is essential to the Army's success, Stone said.

      In addition to Fort McCoy,  Army Reserve RTS-Medical sites are located at Fort Gordon, Ga., Camp Parks, Calif., and Fort Polk, La., at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

 

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