807th Medical Brigade
Located just southeast of Dallas, the 807th Medical Brigade is the premier United States Army Reserve Medical Brigade. The unit has its peacetime trace through the 90th Regional Support Command in Little Rock, AR to the United States Army Reserve Command in Atlanta, GA. The 807th Medical Brigade is assigned to III Corps, in wartime, as the corps' medical brigade, becoming a subordinate command of the 13th COSCOM. The brigade, also known as the 807th MEDCOM (Corps), provides command and control (C2) of USAR medical units in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
The mission of the brigade is to provide command, control, administrative assistance, and technical supervision of assigned and attached medical units. The wartime mission includes the command, control, planning, and operation of the corps health service support (HSS) system. The HSS mission is accomplished through centralized control of decentralized operations. Policies are provided for the effective integration of HSS in the corps and are coordinated with supported units.
Some capabilities of the brigade, when it is at full strength are: Command and control of all medical units in its area of operation. Task organization of medical assets to meet patient work load demand. Medical assets are designed in modules by function and replicated throughout the theater of operations. Advice to senior commanders on the medical aspects of the operations. Medical regulation of patients to and between assigned and attached medical treatment facilities. Coordination with MEDCOM and/or JMRO for all medical regulating for evacuation from medical brigade facilities to supporting medical treatment facilities in the COMMZ and CONUS. Consultation services and technical advice in preventive medicine (environmental health, medical entomology, radiological health, sanitary engineering), nursing, dentistry, veterinary services, and neuropsychiatric and social work to supported units. Advice and assistance in facility site selection and preparation. Control and supervision of Class VIII (medical) supply and resupply movement.
The mission of the preventive medicine detachments is to provide preventive medicine support and consultation in the areas of DNBI (disease and non-battlefield injury) prevention, entomology, field sanitation, sanitary engineering, and epidemiology to minimize the effects of environmental injuries, enteric diseases, vectorborne disease, and other health threats in the theater of operations. The capabilities of the units are: Provide surveillance and control of disease vectors and reservoirs in assigned areas, to include area and aerial spraying. Monitor pest management, field sanitation, water treatment and storage, waste disposal, and DNBI control practices of units in assigned areas. Provide advice and training as necessary in these areas. Investigate and evaluate pest management, sanitation, water supply, and waste disposal practices; and other environmental health-related problems. Recommend corrective measures as necessary. Conduct medical surveillance activities in the area of responsibility, to include coordinating, compiling, analyzing, and reporting medical surveillance data to assist in evaluating conditions affecting the health of the supported force. Conduct epidemiological investigations. Collect environmental samples and specimens and perform selected analyses or evaluations to assist in assessment of the medical threat. Coordinate NBC-related biological specimen collection and evaluation with treatment, NBC, laboratory, and intelligence personnel. Monitor casualties, hospital admissions, and reports of autopsy for signs of chemical or biological warfare agent use.
The mission of the dental units is to provide emergency, sustaining, and maintaining dental care. The battalion acts as the command and control organization of assigned and attached dental units. Capabilities of the dental units include: Command and control of assigned and attached dental units. Allocation of dental resources (personnel and equipment) to ensure adequacy of dental service to all units with the assigned area of responsibility. Technical expertise, coordination, and support to subordinate units for accomplishing their medical equipment maintenance and Class VIII supply. Provide maintaining and sustaining dental care for troops on an area basis
The veterinary mission supports the surgeons' and commanders' missions. This mission consist of the following: Conservation of the fighting strength of US forces by ensuring the safety and wholeness of subsistence (food). Providing veterinary care to all government-owned animals in the theater of operations. Inspection of captured foodstuffs to ensure its safety and wholesomeness for feeding to EPW an local populations. Examination and treatment of captured animals. Establish veterinary public health programs to control and prevent the transmission of animal disease to humans.
The 807th Medical Brigade was constituted 27 October 1944 in the Army of the United States as the 807th Medical Service Detachment. Activated 22 November 1944 in England. Reorganized and redesignated 10 April 1945 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 807th Hospital Center. Inactivated 27 October 1945 at Camp Silbert, Alabama. Allotted 29 January 1948 to the Organized Reserves and assigned to the Fourth Army (later redesignated as the Fourth United States Army. Activated 16 February 1948 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Organized Reserves redesignated 25 March 1948 as the Organized Reserve Corps; redesignated 9 July 1952 as the Army Reserve. Reorganized and redesignated 29 August 1949 as Headquarters, 807th Hospital Center. Inactivated 1 December 1950 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Activated 10 May 1956 at Galveston, Texas. Location changed 1 January 1966 to Mesquite, Texas. Relieved 30 June 1971 from assignment to the Fourth United States Army and assigned to the Fifth United States Army. Reorganized and redesignated 1 October 1975 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 807th Hospital Center. Reorganized and redesignated 30 June 1976 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 807th Medical Brigade. Reorganized and redesignated 1 October 1976 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 807th Medical Brigade. Location changed 13 April 1979 to Seagoville, Texas.
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