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June 08, 2012

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Global Medic Exercise gains joint accreditation, at Fort McCoy June 9-29

SAN ANTONIO (Medical Readiness and Training Command Public Affairs) — Global Medic is the first U.S. Army Reserve exercise to recently receive joint accreditation from the Joint Warfighter Center in Suffolk, Va.

The Medical Readiness and Training Command (MRTC), along with its subordinate units, is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the Global Medic exercise for Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, the chief of the Army Reserve.

The MRTC, Army Reserve Medical Command, Global Medic exercise takes place simultaneously this year at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif. and at Fort McCoy from June 9-29.

Collectively between the services, at both locations, almost 3,000 Soldiers, Sailors, and Air National Guardsmen will participate. The exercise replicates medical stability operations as they are conducted on the battlefield, where the efforts and expertise of medical personnel have resulted in a survivability rate of more than 90 percent. It ensures the participating units synchronize training objectives to permit end-to-end management of medical casualties requiring leaders at each level of treatment to make time-sensitive decisions and encourage force interaction.

Global Medic will build upon the successes of previous exercises incorporating live and virtual simulations in providing realistic battle-focused training scenarios while Medical Battle Operating Systems exercise individual and collective sub-tasks.

Throughout the 2012 fiscal year, the MRTC, in conjunction with the Warrior Exercise sponsored by the 84th Training Command in Fort Knox, Ky., hosts conferences that develop the training foundation in the unit’s functional year of the Army Reserve Training System to support Army Force Generation and Army Reserve Expeditionary Force models.

This begins with training of the leadership, which will focus on the overall exercise concepts, Mission Essential Task Lists, training objectives, and culminating with the Commander’s Assessment. The participating units express training desires and concerns for next year’s exercise through training objectives. The goal is to ensure each Soldier involved in the exercise receives realistic and challenging training.

Soldiers of medical units nationwide will complete the well-rounded experience by sharing their expertise at the briefings and workshops. Since Global Medic is designed to exercise every Mission Essential Task and every person in various levels, this communication between teams and units is critical to a successful exercise.

The MRTC continues to expand joint and coalition capabilities of the Global Medic exercise working closely with the Air Force, Navy and Marine Reserve components.

The MRTC activated in 2006, and is headquartered at the Maj. Gen. Earl Rudder U.S. Army Reserve Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. With the help of its Medical Training Brigades and Regional Training Support units, it manages and synchronizes collective unit training events and medical exercises for Army Reserve medical units around the country providing realistic training in preparation for worldwide deployment.

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