|The Fort McCoy Medical Detachment Command was activated
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.
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
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
The organization reports to the Fort Knox, Ky., Medical Department
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.”