DVIDS – News – Building Combat Medicine Interoperability with Polish Allies

LODZ, Poland – With one last blow of the hammer, the US Army brigadier general fired. General Clinton Murray places the emblem of the U.S. Army for Europe and Africa on a wooden patch panel at the Polish Military Medicine Training Center in ód, Poland, July 27. This work added emphasis on deepening cooperation between the two allies’ military medical teams. Earlier this morning, US Army Europe and Africa Command Surgeon, Murray, and Polish Surgeon General, Dr. Aurelia Ostrowska, signed a Memorandum of Interoperability Agreement for Combat Medicine.

The Ministry of Agriculture for Combat Medicine Interoperability defines the scope, principles and procedures for combat medicine specialists in both countries to conduct bilateral training activities at two of Poland’s leading military medicine facilities: the Military Medicine Training Center in لودód and the Military Institute of Medicine in Warsaw. The goal is to enable US forces stationed in Poland to conduct cooperative training sessions at these facilities with their Polish partners in order to enhance cooperation and gain confidence when working in multinational teams.

When asked about the importance of the MOA, Murray said, “As a military doctor, you work in two professions. One is the arms profession and the other the medical profession. In a place like Poland, you always balance those two things. What’s uniquely special is that both professions serve In a larger way than our country and ourselves. Taking a servant leadership approach to combat medicine creates an essential balance with great partners such as the Polish Military Medical Team. It is a very exciting and humbling event.”

Interoperability is key to the US military’s vision in Europe and Africa. The Department of Agriculture is a milestone in combat medicine training and supports ongoing interoperability with Polish allies. The resulting training opportunities will enable U.S. and Polish forces to routinely work together coherently, effectively, and efficiently to achieve tactical, operational, and strategic objectives in support of maneuver operations.

Polish Colonel Zygmunt Glugowski, head of plans in the Department of Military Medicine at the Ministry of Defense, described his view of military medical relations between Poland and the United States.

“The most useful way to connect our bonds and collaboration is to understand how we can better collaborate together in the future.” Gloowski said. “I am really proud that American medical leaders have visited our country. I strongly believe this will open a new chapter in our collaboration for the medical service.”

After signing the Memorandum of Understanding, senior Polish and American leaders attended the 22nd Military Doctor’s Distinguished Visitor’s Day. Military Doctor is the first annual Polish Military Medical Field Exercise which serves as a training event for the coronation of their graduating military medical students. The eight-day exercise consists of combat medicine corridors ranging from point of injury, evacuation, and treatment in field medical units (Floor 1 and Facilities 2). This year, 16 U.S. soldiers from the 30th Medical Brigade, 4th Security Force Auxiliary Brigade, and 7th Army Training Command supported the event as guest observers and instructors. This was the third consecutive year of US Army units in Europe and Africa supporting the Military Doctor’s exercise.

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