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Surgeon General Visits NSA Bahrain, Camps Arifjan and Buehring

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071213-12
Release Date: 12/13/2007 2:23:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ron Kuzlik, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson Jr., the U.S. Navy Surgeon General and Chief of Bureau of Medicine and Surgery visited the Branch Medical Clinic on board Naval Support Activity (NSA), Bahrain Dec. 6.

His trip to area medical facilities in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility was the first since assuming the duties and responsibilities as the Navy's top doctor in August.

The visit was intended to get a strategic view of the medical presence and services the Navy is providing to U.S. and Coalition forces in a region encompassing the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and parts of the Indian Ocean.

"We have the ultimate responsibility in ensuring the medical readiness of our warfighters to make sure that our medical forces are prepared, trained and deployed with the right capabilities to support our warriors," Robinson said.

After visiting Bahrain, Robinson headed to Camp Arifjan to meet with Navy hospital corpsmen, doctors, dentists and nurses at the home of the U.S. Army Central Command, the Army component commander for CENTCOM. It also houses a 44-bed U.S. military hospital primarily staffed by Navy personnel from Expeditionary Medical Facility-Kuwait (EMF-K).

Composed of 350 Navy medical personnel from 30 different healthcare facilities, EMF-K plays a vital role in supplying and sustaining combat operations by providing medical care to the approximately 20,000 coalition forces in the Kuwaiti Theater of Operations.

"Trauma support, internal medicine, and preventive medicine are only a part of the equation," Robinson said. "The capabilities of EMF-K are so sophisticated because they include critical care, mental health, behavioral health and all forms of general and plastic surgery."

The Surgeon General then met with Navy medical personnel at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, 15 miles from the Iraqi border. Camp Buehring serves as the last training and staging base for troops heading into Iraq.

EMF-K provides medical care to another 10,000 Coalition troops at Camp Buehring, sustaining the warfighter and the war effort.

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