Combat & Casualty Care

Q4 2016

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capability and delivery that the Army and joint force needs. "The third is the "always fight." West said that means, "always taking care of those entrusted to our care: Soldiers for Life and Family members." Current Fight At AUSA, Brig. Gen. Michael J. Talley, command surgeon, Army Forces Command, indicated that the Army is no longer using the Army Forces Generation Model that it used during most of the years Soldiers were deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army is now using the Sustained Readiness Model, which means all units must be ready to deploy at all times. "Non-deployables are no longer acceptable," he said, adding that, "demand is too high," referring to the fact that fewer Soldiers are being asked to do more around the world. The Army has upgraded its e-Profile system by adding a Commander Portal that gives commanders eyes on medical readiness, he pointed out, from the unit level down to the individual Soldier level. The portal gives commanders a real-time view of each Soldier's medical and dental readiness. The Commander Portal is boosting readiness, he said. "Populations can no longer hide two to three years" in a non-deployable status. The medical readiness of the Guard is improving as well, according to Brig. Gen. Jill K. Faris, assistant surgeon general for Mobilization, Readiness and National Guard Affairs, Medical Services Corps. Nationally, it has climbed from 20 percent ready in 2006 to 86.5 percent in 2016, he said. Future Fight Army researchers in a number of laboratories around the U.S. are working on new technologies that can protect the Soldier of the future on the battlefield and at home. Col. Matthew Hepburn, an infectious disease physician and program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said his team is intent on preventing a medical surprise that could impact national security. "DARPA is working on making devices that will be useful in the future fight," he said, "including one device, a Mobile Analysis Platform, which is now in active transition to the Department of Defense. The battery-operated, hand-held portable device takes blood samples at the bedside and provides immediate and accurate laboratory readouts." "The device could be transformational," Col Hepburn said. "It could save precious time waiting for lab results to be processed." DARPA is also developing a multiplex assay that will be able to diagnose a Soldier with an infectious disease with immediate readouts. The disease could be anything from influenza to dengue fever or Ebola. Hepburn called it a "Swiss Army knife," because the device is meant to serve so many functions. It's still in the development stage. The agency is also working on sensors that can be implanted in Soldiers' skin to monitor such things as oxygen uptake, he said. More info: Attend the World's Largest Commercial Drone Conference & Exhibition! September 6-8, 2017 Rio, Las Vegas ■ The largest gathering of border security leaders and field commanders ■ Largest exhibition of border technology products, systems and solutions anywhere ■ Daily keynotes, luncheons and awards ceremonies ■ Host to the Salute to Fallen Heroes MemorialCeremony ■ Networking events throughout Visit For Information on Attending, Sponsorships & Exhibiting APRIL 11-13, 2017 | SAN ANTONIO, TX Winter 2016/2017 | Combat & Casualty Care | 21

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