in ,

Medical Logistics drills on sustainment as DEFENDER-20 preparations continue

U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency leaders participated in a Sustainment Rehearsal of Concept (ROC) Drill on Jan. 16 to prepare for the kick off of DEFENDER-Europe 20, the area’s largest military exercise in 25 years.

The sustainment-focused drill allowed participating units, including foreign partners, to work through the operational plan to expose “weak links” and create a “shared understanding” of what each unit would be doing.

“It’s about creating a shared understanding of how we’re going to support and which units will be responsible for specific support tasks,” said Maj. Bryan O. Pamintuan, director of the Force Projection Directorate for USAMMA.

Continuity and understanding of the overall medical mission ensures the right people and resources will be in the right places at the right time across the European theater, according to Pamintuan.

“In Force Projection, we’re not in charge of collecting potency and dated items after this mission, but we were in the same room as the people who are (the 30th Medical Brigade), so as a result, we know exactly what their plan is,” he said. “At the end of the day, I have full confidence that if they have to be off somewhere, I could step in and continue the mission on their behalf.”

Approximately 37,000 allied and U.S. service members are expected to participate in DEFENDER-20 this spring, including more than 20,000 deploying from ports in four states.

Arriving service members will fan out across the region to establish intermediate staging bases with multinational forces, draw about 13,000 pieces of Army Prepositioned Stocks from various locations and participate in annual training exercises.

The exercise aims to increase strategic readiness and interoperability by exercising the U.S. military’s ability to rapidly move a large combat force of Soldiers and equipment from the continental U.S. to Europe and, alongside allies and partners, quickly respond to a potential crisis.

The U.S. Army Europe-led, joint, multinational training exercise, scheduled for April to May, supports objectives defined by NATO to build readiness within the alliance and deter potential adversaries.

Medical support plays a key readiness role in the overall exercise because it provides Soldiers with confidence to engage enemy forces knowing they have the protective equipment and care needed to sustain the fight.

“Soldiers know that should they ever get hurt in combat, they will receive the best medical care in the world,” said Capt. Dennis Kim, deputy director of USAMMA’s Business Support Office. “We support the warfighter by providing the confidence to fight.”

Liked it? Take a second to support The Duran on Patreon!


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Duran.

What do you think?

-9 points
Upvote Downvote

Leave a Reply

3 Comment threads
1 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
2 Comment authors
Olivia KrothSmoking Eagle Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Olivia Kroth


Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle

Not surprising considering where the “concept” of the “medical mission” originated. Both Trump and the US military declared that no US “warfighters” were killed or faced immediate bodily injury when missiles hit the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq. However, the number of service members diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from that attack has now climbed to over 100. Altogether, more than 408,000 troops have been diagnosed with TBI since 2000, according to the US government. The most common cause of a TBI for deployed soldiers is an explosive blast, and TBI is classified as mild, moderate, severe or penetrating.… Read more »

Olivia Kroth

TASS: Russian Baltic Fleet warship wipes out enemy coastal battery during drills – The crew also held shipborne drills for the ship damage control and the ship’s radiation, chemical and biological protection at sea KALININGRAD, February 7. /TASS/. The Baltic Fleet air-cushion small amphibious assault ship Yevgeny Kocheshkov wiped out a notional enemy’s naval surface and air targets with its shipborne multiple rocket launchers during drills, the Fleet’s press office reported on Friday. “During its deployment to the sea, the ship’s crew successfully delivered artillery fire against naval surface and air targets. The fire was delivered from 140mm Ogon launchers… Read more »

Olivia Kroth

TASS: Russian Baltic Fleet fighter jets hold dogfight in drills over Baltic Sea – During the drills, the crews paid special attention to piloting techniques, performing various offensive and defensive maneuvers at various altitudes and at a different time of day or night KALININGRAD, February 6. /TASS/. Su-27 and Su-30SM fighter jets of the Baltic Fleet’s naval aviation held training aerial battles over the Baltic Sea, the Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. “The crews of the planes performed a set of various combat training elements in the sky during their scheduled flights over the Baltic Sea, practicing the tactic… Read more »

North Macedonia Is Being Used by NATO to Target Serbia and Russia

Mexico’s Fight for National Banking Revives a Forgotten History