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CALL Newsletter 04-13
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Chapter 4: Combat Service Support
Topic F: Health Service Support

Subtopic 1: Class VIII Medical Re-Supply

Observation Synopsis

Initially noted was the inability to get CL VIII delivered and distributed in a reasonable period of time. This was especially true with medications. The trauma chests and supplies that the unit deployed with were sufficient for the initial drive, even though this unit deployed into the area of operations relatively late. After establishing the current forward operating base (FOB), the trauma chests were clearly inadequate for providing sick call because they lack an appropriate selection and/or supply of prescription and non-prescription medications. This required the battalion surgeons and/or physician assistants to 'scrounge' medical supplies from adjacent units as well as the local slice of the combat support hospital to provide adequate level I and level II care at their respective FOBs. It took several months before the medications ordered started trickling in at a regular pace.

Lessons Learned

  • Do not expect ready supply of prescription and non-prescription medications to be available during the first few weeks to months of deployment.
  • Trauma chests are not sufficient to supply needs of routine sick call patients.
  • Battalion aid stations should not only deploy with the initial medical supplies, but also with a full chest or two containing a wide selection of prescription and non-prescription medications. These supplies should be sufficient for at least one, but preferably three months operation to allow the medical supply system to ramp up distribution to units in the field.

Table of Supporting Observations

Observation Title CALLCOMS
File Number
Class VIII Medical Re-Supply 10000-03182

Table of Contents
Chapter 4-Topic E-Subtopic 5: DODAAC/UIC and MMC Changeover for Deployment
Chapter 4-Topic F-Subtopic 2: Medical Logistics Personnel

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