Photo by Capt. Seungho Kang Travis Betz from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance within the U.S. Agency for International Development provided information on international disaster response logistics during the Medical Stability Operations Course.
MLMC partnered with the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute at Fort Sam in Houston, Texas, to bring the MSOC team to Fort Detrick. This move maximized training dollars and enabled the majority of the unit to attend the course. Organizers extended an invitation to other units and agencies across Fort Detrick to add a variety of student experiences to the course.
In all, 36 military personnel and civilians from the 6th MLMC, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Air Force Medial Operations Agency, and the Joint Vaccine Program completed the course.
“We’ve been maintaining five ready-to-deploy teams at all times to provide strategic medical logistics expertise to major Combatant Commands,” said Col. Anthony R. Nesbitt, commander of the 6th MLMC, told course attendees. “Understanding strategic concepts of military-to-military and military-to-civilian health engagements, stability operations, and U.S. government humanitarian and disaster response efforts is very important to accomplish that mission.”
The MSOC was developed in response to increasing demands from deployed and returning military health support personnel for more deliberate preparation for military health support for stability operations. Engagements in Iraq, Afghanistan, and responses to humanitarian needs around the globe have moved military action toward a new paradigm. This paradigm supports national security through the development of stable environments that enable durable peace, and political, economic and human security.
The Department of Defense acknowledged the role of the U.S. military in preventive diplomacy with the passage of DODD 3000.05 in Nov. 2005. This directive elevated stability operations to a priority level comparable to combat. It also defined stability operations as an overarching term encompassing various military missions, tasks and activities conducted outside the United States. DoD coordinated this effort with other instruments of national power to maintain or reestablish a safe and secure environment for essential governmental services, emergency infrastructure reconstruction, and humanitarian relief.
“The MSOC curriculum was designed to build a healthcare force that possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities to support military health support for stability operations including humanitarian assistance in the global arena and to ensure geographical combatant commanders have the capabilities for integrated stability operations,” said Dr. Diana Luan, Education Director of MSOC.
Attendee Sgt. 1st Class James T. Baker from the 6th MLMC expressed his satisfaction with the course stating, “this three-day course helps me better understand the dynamic requirements of supporting stability operations and the complexity of military medical diplomacy within the context of the U.S. strategy and international relations.”
The MSOC course is open to all military and civilian personnel. More information about the class can be obtained by calling the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute at (210) 221-9608 or visiting http://www.dmrti.army.mil.