Combat & Casualty Care

Q2 2016

Military Magazines in the United States and Canada, Covering Combat and Casualty Care, first responders, rescue and medical products programs and news\Tactical Defense Media

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tacticaldefensemedia.com 18 | Combat & Casualty Care | Summer 2016 Medical Readiness Training Integration C&CC: Please tell our readers a bit about the Medical Readiness and Training Command. BG O'Guinn: The Army Reserve's Medical Readiness and Training Command (MRTC) is the Army's only collective medical training command. We provide timely, tailored and relevant live, virtual, and constructive training at home and abroad. Enhanced by the civilian skills and partnerships of the Army Reserve, and leveraging specialized Regional Training Sites - Medical (RTS-Med), we deliver vital medical collective and sustainment training essential to maintaining the readiness of the Total Force. The MRTC headquarters is in San Antonio, TX with subordinate units spread throughout the United States. We have three training brigades located at Fort Gordon, GA, Fort Douglas, UT, and San Antonio, TX, and three RTS-Med platforms located at Fort Gordon, GA, Fort McCoy, WI, and Camp Parks, CA. The RTS-Med are Training Centers of Excellence responsible for training, facilitating, integrating, and synchronizing all functional areas of health service support (HSS). They maintain and issue medical equipment to units participating in exercises run by the training brigades, and conduct classes that help Soldiers maintain proficiency in their medical specialties. This is an essential capability given that not all Army Reserve Soldiers use their military skills in their civilian occupations. Last year the RTS-Med sites taught over 5,900 students from across the joint force, and across all components. C&CC: Please talk about your role and mission as Commander, MRTC. BG O'Guinn: A primary function of the U.S. Army Reserve is to ensure that its medical personnel are adequately trained and ready to respond to contingency operations. As the Army's only medical collective and sustainment training command, MRTC is the premier force enabler for America's Military Healthcare System (MHS). Given the wide breadth of medical skills provided by the total forces medical professionals (from combat medics to neurosurgeons), and given that some percentage of Army Reserve Soldiers do not work within their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) in their civilian career, the MRTC is challenged with providing training venues that offer realistic combat related medical situations, in simulated combat environments, to best train, achieve and sustain medical proficiency of the Total Force. The MRTC accomplishes this difficult mission through a multitude of courses and exercises that provide both individual and collective medical skills training. This includes training conducted through the annual CSTP Exercises, Joint National Training Capability (JNTC) accredited Global Medic Exercises, Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center (MCMSC) training exercises, and multiple low density MOS sustainment training courses taught at our RTS-Med locations. C&CC: How does the MRTC improve the readiness of the medical force? BG O'Guinn: GEN Mark Milley, the Army Chief of Staff, has stated that readiness is his #1 priority. The MRTC helps units increase their readiness three ways: individual and team skill sustainment, collective training at the unit and task force level, and training and integration with joint and International medical partners. I've already addressed individual and team skill sustainment, so let me expand on the other two. All Army units, regardless of component, follow a Sustainable Readiness Model that builds and maintains readiness over time. Our brigades help units build collective readiness by planning, coordinating, and executing field exercises of medical units in support of full spectrum operations. The brigades nest their exercises within the Army Reserve's Combat Support Training Program (CSTP) exercises, which are large-scale, multi-echelon, integrated collective training exercises designed to immerse units in a tactical training environment that closely replicates what they might experience in a contingency operation. Together, these COLLECTIVE PREPARATION, REAL-WORLD READINESS Combat & Casualty Care had the pleasure of speaking with Brig. Gen. Michael O'Guinn, Commander, Medical Readiness and Training Command (MRTC), San Antonio, TX, regarding efforts to provide relevant medical and sustainment skills for application across a multi-tasked, globally-responsive Army. Interview conducted by C&CC Editor Kevin Hunter

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