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 September 10, 2010


New Medical Detachment Command activated

The Fort McCoy Medical Detachment Command was activated Aug. 23.

The detachment will provide a quality and efficient health evaluation, care and coordination process to ensure the safety and health of mobilizing and demobilizing Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, as well as Soldiers conducting sustainment training at Fort McCoy.
PHOTO: Lt. Col. James L. Ringlein (left), commander of the Medical Detachment Command, and Master Sgt. Frank X. Rangel uncase the colors at the unit’s activation ceremony. Photo by Allan Harding
Lt. Col. James L. Ringlein (left), commander of the Medical Detachment Command, and Master Sgt. Frank X. Rangel uncase the colors at the unit’s activation ceremony. (Photo by Allan Harding)

Lt. Col. James L. Ringlein, the new detachment commander, accepted the guidon during the activation ceremony. Ringlein volunteered to return to active duty for the position to continue his work with wounded/injured Soldiers. He has a degree in nursing and has served in many nursing assignments throughout his military career.

“This is a great day for all of us,” Ringlein said. “Today we celebrate the hard work of our predecessors and recognize the commitment and dedication from those who daily make this mission a success.”

Ringlein said recognizing the organization as a detachment and setting it up as a command provides a recognition of its importance to the installation’s medical mission. It also allows the detachment personnel greater authority to address their own issues and provide medical care and support.

The organization reports to the Fort Knox, Ky., Medical Department Activity.

Col. Ronald J. Place, the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity commander, said as part of its overall mission, the U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) accomplishes a Soldier Readiness Processing (SRP) support mission with the assistance of aligned reserve-component medical support units (MSU). Place was the presiding officer at the ceremony.

The new command structure allows MEDCOM to simultaneously provide the continuity of patient care while ensuring it retains the capability to care for patients deploying to and returning from the theaters of operations, Place said.

The need was identified during the 1990 Gulf War.

“The first reserve-component MSUs were structured to support the specific missions of the medical treatment facility to which they were aligned,” Place said. “Since that time, MSUs have proven to be an effective resource for the medical treatment facility commander in meeting the SRP mission.”

MSUs are designed to be either mobilized and employed as a complete unit or tailored by mobilizing only the elements required to support an individual mission, he said.

This makes the unit very valuable in providing only the specific resources needed to support a surge requirement of another MSU or a military treatment facility, for example, he said.

“The MSU is not to be assimilated into a military treatment facility, but is to remain intact and retain its unit integrity,” Place said. “The MSU will have an activated commander and that commander will retain command authority over the personnel assigned to the MSU. In other words, they (MSU personnel) cannot be used to simply fill out the staffing of a treatment facility, but must stand on their own.”

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