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6th Medical Center (Logistics Management)

The mission of the 6th Medical Center (Logistics Management) is to provide centralized management of Class VIII materiel and medical equipment maintenance to supported forces conducting joint and simultaneous full spectrum operations.

The Center's capabilities include: Monitoring of the operation of medical logistics units in all areas of operation; monitoring of the receipt and processing of Class VIII requisitions from medical logistics units of all services; reviewing and analyzing demands and computing theater requirements for Class VIII supplies, medical equipment, and medical equipment maintenance; monitoring and evaluating workload, capabilities, and asset position of the supported medical logistics units of all services and directs cross-leveling of workload or resources to achieve compatibility and maximum efficiency; implementing plans, procedures and programs for medical materiel management systems; conducting limited predeployment training of MEDLOG management information systems (such as TAMMIS, SAMS-E and DCAM); preparing medical materiel management data and reports as required; providing medical contracting support; performing the SIMLM information management and distribution coordination mission to joint forces, directed; serving as the management interface with CONUS Class VIII NICPs and strategic partners; managing critical items and analysis of production capabilities; serving as liaison with the materiel distribution manager at EAB for distribution of Class VIII supplies within the area of operation; and deploying Medical Logistics Management Center (MLMC) forward support teams into multiple areas of operation, as required.

The 6th Medical Center (Logistics Management) was first constituted on 23 February 1943 in the Army of the United States as the 6th Convalescent Hospital and activated on 25 May 1943 at Camp Ellis, Illinois. The Hospital deloyed to Europe and participated in 5 campaigns during the Second World War: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe. After the end of the Second World War, the Hospital was inactivated on 4 November 1945 at the New York Port of Embarkation.

The unit was redesignated on 29 November 1954 as the 6th Convalescent Center and allotted to the Regular Army and activated on 17 January 1955 in Germany. It was inactivated on 20 September 1958 in Germany.

The Center was reactivated on 29 November 1965 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and subsequently deployed to Vietnam. It particiapted in 13 campaigns of the conflict there: Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive Phase II, Counteroffensive Phase III, Tet Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive Phase IV, Counteroffensive Phase V, Counteroffensive Phase VI, Tet 69/Counteroffensive, Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive Phase VII, and Consolidation I. The Center was inactivated on 30 October 1971 in Vietnam.

The unit was redesignated on 16 November 1994 as the 6th Medical Center (Materiel Management) (Theater) and activated at Fort Detrick, Maryland. The 6th Medical Center was reorganized as the 6th Medical Center (Logistics Management) on 13 October 2000, replacing the previous theater medical materiel management center.

The 6th Medical Center (Logistics Management) was a multi-component unit to provide centralized information management of medical (Class VIII) material, medical equipment maintenance, and blood to deployed forces. The Center's forward teams provided total asset visibility for medical materiel in an operational theater and enroute to the theater. The Center base unit linked theater Class VIII commodity requirements with distribution systems to get medical supplies and equipment into the theater.

In addition, the Center integrated and coordinated strategic medical logistics actions between the theater(s) and the service agencies responsible for medical logistics: US Army Medical Materiel Agency, Air Force Medical Logistics Office, Naval Medical Logistics Command, and Defense Supply Center Philadelphia.

The Center's responsibilities included: reviewing and analyzing demands and computing theater medical commodity requirements; evaluating the workload, capabilities, and asset positions of supported Medical Logistics Battalions; and directing cross-leveling of workload or resources to achieve capability and maximum efficiency. The Center provided mapping for Class VIII commodity and distribution pipelines, as well as medical materiel information management data and reported to key organizations.

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