DVIDS – News – Medical logistics ensures preparedness in Europe

DULMEN, Germany — It is often said that medical logistics is a team sport.

Never has that been more true than in recent months, when members of the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency participated in the effort to support both a live situation and a live exercise. large-scale training that took place simultaneously in Europe.

A small four-person USAMMA team stationed at the Army’s pre-positioned stockpile site in Germany, known as APS-2, worked overtime to ensure the readiness of supporting medical equipment of the European intervention mission, stemming from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, with the army. long-planned Defender-Europe 2022 training exercise.

“Our USAMMA team at APS-2 may be small, but they are experts in their craft; both in the management of Class VIII contingency stocks and in the release of those stocks to support mission operations,” said Maj. Janessa Moyer, director of the USAMMA Force Projection Directorate. , or FPD.

“Our APS-2 team is exceptional at bringing others on board with their team and ensuring ready equipment and Class VIII materiel is available to the force,” Moyer said. “The team’s ability to coach, train and mentor the logisticians is the basis of their success in balancing support for the European response mission APS-2 and the DEF22 exercise.”

Defender-Europe is an annual, large-scale, joint, military-led, multinational exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability among U.S., NATO, and partner militaries. This year’s exercise included more than 3,400 U.S. and 5,100 multinational service members from 11 allied and partner nations.

The APS-2 team includes three medical logisticians assigned to the FPD, as well as a medical officer from USAMMA’s Medical Maintenance Management Directorate, or M3D. They worked closely with soldiers, civilians and contractors who contributed throughout the various phases of both missions.

Moyer said personnel from USAMMA, a unit reporting directly to the U.S. Army Medical Logistics Command, were able to quickly integrate AMLC augmentation teams, as well as the Human Resources Development Agency. U.S. Army Medical Equipment and U.S. Army Medical Equipment Center-Europe, overall. operation, contributing to the rapid deployment of the means that led to the success of the mission.

The augmentation force included medical maintenance teams from USAMMA Medical Maintenance Operations Divisions at Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pennsylvania, Hill Air Force Base in Utah, and Tracy, Calif., who performed annual duty on the medical devices as well as rapid fielding operations in support of both missions. .

Overall, USAMMA medical officials performed more than 2,700 technical inspections, scheduled services, and repairs on medical devices, in addition to inventory and receipt of downgraded equipment, according to the M3D Director, Jorge Magana.

“Despite significant staffing limitations, APS-2 has processed over 26,000 material receipts and tagged over 300,000 individual items generating over 800 new tri-walls of material over the past 12 months…supporting multiple operations in remote locations,” USAMMA forward Joseph Robinson said. site manager for APS-2.

Along with Robinson, the team of Karl J. Posley, Charles Chris Marshall, and Richard Giles helped prepare, ship, and deploy numerous sets of equipment and hundreds of pallets of supplies to support the two simultaneous missions.

Overall, they supported the medical capabilities of 17 unit types, including an Armored Brigade Combat Team, Medical Company Area Support and a Forward Resuscitation Surgical Detachment.

“The team juggled these complex missions daily,” Robinson said, crediting the team’s military experience with helping them get through it in a fail-safe mission environment.

Moyer thanked the APS-2 team for their hard work in a difficult situation, noting that they represent “the Class VIII execution arm of the operation, from the day-to-day care of supplies stored at the packaging and transportation to get capacity to the right unit at the right time.

“The presence of our team ensures the highest level of equipment readiness and medical equipment fill rate percentage in each of the medical equipment sets, kits and outfits,” she said. “Without our team in place, there is a risk to readiness and a risk to how quickly we can react once a release is approved and required.”

Date taken: 19.07.2022
Date posted: 19.07.2022 09:21
Story ID: 425272
Location: DULMEN, DE

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Mary I. Bruner