Fort McCoy News February 27, 2015

Medical logistics Soldiers train at RTS-Medical

STORY & PHOTO BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Soldiers from the 115th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) of Fort Polk, La., finished two weeks of medical logistics pre-deployment sustainment training at Fort McCoy's Regional Training Site (RTS)-Medical.

photo for RTS-Medical article
Staff Sgt. Lisa Washington, a medical logistics specialist from the 115th
Combat Support Hospital of Fort Polk, La., practices operating a forklift
with instruction from Regional Training Site-Medical Instructor Rich
Sinclair in building 10000. Spc. Arlicia Butler, also a 115th CSH medical
logistics specialist, assists with direction.

All five Soldiers who trained in mid-February are active-duty medical logistics specialists, which is the military occupational specialty designated by the Army as "68J." These Soldiers are responsible for receiving, storing, recording, and issuing Army medical supplies. The five Soldiers will be deploying to Southwest Asia later this year to support a combat theater hospital.

"This training was necessary because I have new Soldiers who have never deployed before," said Staff Sgt. Lisa Washington, 115th CSH noncommissioned officer in charge of medical supply. "Coming to this facility provided us the necessary hands-on training that will prepare us for deployed duties."

The training included a familiarization with the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support Customer Assistance Module (DCAM), which is the main system used by 68J Soldiers while deployed, RTS-Medical Instructor Rich Sinclair said. The DCAM system is used by the Defense Medical Agency to allow customers to download medical supply catalogs, place orders for medical supplies, and create an inventory of supplies.

"We had a whole day on DCAM, with training in the classroom as well as using the system in our warehouse," Sinclair said. "We covered many aspects of the system they may not get anywhere else."

"Learning more about DCAM is critical to our operations and, ultimately, our success," Washington added.

The Soldiers also learned to manage a pharmacy safety program, Sinclair said. This included knowing how to properly store pharmaceuticals, maintaining a pharmacy inventory, and processing excess or expired controlled substances. They also were trained on which forms to use and how to operate a forklift inside a warehouse.

"All of the Soldiers just soaked up the information," Sinclair said. "They came here eager to learn, they asked a lot of questions, and we had a highly interactive training environment."

Pfc. James Placius, 115th CSH medical logistics specialist, has been in the Army less than a year. He said the RTS-Medical training built on skills he learned at 68J advanced individual training just months previously.

"This was very good training — it put everything I have learned to the test," Placius said. "From the time we arrived, they told us exactly what we'd be doing, and they gave us some great hands-on application as part of the overall training."

Sinclair said Soldiers from the 21st CSH of Fort Hood, Texas, who trained at Fort McCoy in 2014, recommended the installation to the 115th CSH Soldiers.

"I think the recommendation speaks volumes of the capability we have at Fort McCoy," Sinclair said.
Johnson said Fort McCoy's RTS-Medical training complex provides an accurate depiction of facilities and equipment they'll use while deployed.

"This is one of the more-realistic areas where we can come and train," Johnson said. "(Fort McCoy) provides a good field environment for this training, and we get to see everything (in a medical warehouse) the way it is supposed to be."

RTS-Medical offers one-stop training in its complex in the 10000 block, Administrative/Executive Officer Gerry Meyer said.

This allows units to conduct all their training in the area, reduces travel time, and minimizes distractions. The organization has been a tenant activity and training partner at Fort McCoy since 1991.

For more information about RTS-Medical training, call 608-388-2544.