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3d Medical Command

The 3d Medical Command mission is to deploy worldwide in support of Joint Chiefs of Staff contingencies to provide command and control of assigned and attached medical forces with a focus on the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility. Coordinate and synchronize force health protection Health Services Support (HSS) between services, coalition forces, and host-nation as allocated by Commander in Chief, CENTCOM/Commander, U. S. Army Central to provide world-class HSS to the AOR.

The 3d MEDCOM is the senior deployable medical command and control headquarters. When deployed to an area of operations, it provides command and control of assigned/attached echelons above corps medical units and integrates (joint and combined) theater medical support. The 3d MEDCOM transitioned into the Reserve Components on 16 June 1997. In FY 97 and FY 98 Active Component (AC) and Reserve Component (RC) echelon above corps force support package (FSP) medical units became functionally aligned under the 3d MEDCOM. This will foster improved readiness and training of America's Total Army by organizing and training as we would deploy, fight, and provide medical support in war.

The integrated staff of AC, AGR, PROFIS, and TPU personnel will be researched at ALO 1. Utilizing the full time staff (60), the unit will be capable of fielding an early deploying theater medical command and control element that does not depend on early selective reserve call-up.

Key to success is a validated standing operating procedure consistent with doctrine. It must rapidly and successfully integrate AC, PROFIS, RC personnel, joint, coalition, and Host National medical forces into an effective theater medical team. This must be accomplished in a resource constrained environment that may limit the build up of U.S. medical forces in theater. Success will be measured by timely and responsive quality medical support that protects the force, preserves life and limb, and compliments the Theater Commander's plan.

Under Exercise Desert Medic, 3d Medical Command conducts a Staff Exercise (STAFFEX)/Command Post Exercise (CPX) employing a Southwest Asia scenario with selected Army Forces Echelons Above Corps medical units to exercise command and control procedures and staff operations.

Maroon and white are colors traditionally associated with the Medical Corps. The maroon cross stands for Army medicine while the Maltese cross recalls the 3d Medical Commands heritage of service and sacrifice in the field. The laurel sprigs, signifying honor and achievement, recall the unit's World War II campaigns and service. The simulate an arrowhead recalling the unit's numerical designation. The scimitars represents the units participation in two Southwest Asian Campaigns. Gold stands for excellence, red for courage and sacrifice.

3d Medical Command Headquarters and Headquarters Company was constituted 21 December, 1928, in the Regular Army as the 3d Auxiliary Surgical Group. Activated 5 May, 1942, at Fort Sam Houston. Reorganized and redesignated 1 August, 1945, as the 896th Medical Professional Service. Inactivated 6 October, 1945, in Germany. Redesignated 16 March, 1991, as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Medical Command. Activated in Saudi Arabia with personnel from Headquarters Company, 3d Medical Command (Provisional) organized 16 September 1990 in Saudi Arabia.

The ARCENT Medical Group (Provisional) was established on 6 December 1990 by ARCENT Permanent Order 262-1. On 29 December 1990 ARCENT Permanent Order 273-1 amended that order to create the United States Army Forces Central Command Medical Command (Provisional). In order to provide the staffing required for the Medical Command, the staff of the 202nd Medical Group, an Army National Guard unit from Florida, was combined with the staff of the ARCENT Medical Group (Provisional). On 5 March 1991, Forces Command Permanent Order 31-1 activated the 3rd Medical Command effective 15 March 1991. This activation was implemented with no change in mission or staffing of the ARCENT Medical Command.

Although the command and control structure of the Medical Command was in place by the start of the air campaign, medical supplies and equipment were still arriving daily and several of the hospitals were not fully operationai6 By the start of the ground campaign, however, all units were operational. casualties during the ground campaign were light. The theater medical evacuation and hospitalization systems were exercised but were not stressed. Following the ground campaign, however, the medical treatment of enemy prisoners of war and displaced civilians provided new challenges for the Medical Command.



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