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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 10: Medical Communications (Internal)

Observation Synopsis

Once located at the FOBs, an internal communications system is needed. This situation was remedied through the acquisition of various hand-held radios, with a 1-5 mile range, typically commercially purchased. This allowed for rapid communication on the FOB of non-tactical information since the system is not secure. Unfortunately, the wide range of different brands and types of radios made a true internal communications network impossible to achieve.

Lessons Learned

  • A standardized local direct person-to-person communication system is needed.

DOTMLPF Implications

Materiel: AMC should purchase portable hand-held radios for person-to-person communications (for use similar to cell phone use in the rear) for key personnel, to be determined by each unit. Backup radios and supplies of batteries need to be acquired. This is an inexpensive remedy to a significant problem.

Table of Supporting Observations

Observation Title CALLCOMS
File Number
Medical Communications (Internal) 10000-07560

Table of Contents
Chapter 4-Topic F-Subtopic 9: Medical Communications
Chapter 4-Topic F-Subtopic 11: Personal Protection (Weapons) for Medics

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