An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | April 2, 2024

USAMMC-K provides MEDLOG support during Freedom Shield 2024

By C.J. Lovelace, U.S. Army Medical Logistics Command

Sustainers at the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Center-Korea exercised their role as the theater lead agent for medical materiel for U.S. Forces Korea during Freedom Shield 2024.

During the 11-day exercise that concluded March 14, USAMMC-K personnel provided running estimates on medical materiel availability and uses, as well as distribution capabilities.

USAMMC-K Commander Lt. Col. Mark Sander said the organization’s efforts helped create a realistic response environment for the training units from all the joint service headquarters within USFK.

“We play a small but essential part of the big picture in every scenario,” Sander said. “All DOD medical missions rely on USAMMC-K as a single source for operational medical sustainment because of what we represent in the scheme.”

USAMMC-K is one of three direct reporting units to U.S. Army Medical Logistics Command, the Army’s Life Cycle Management Command for medical materiel.

Freedom Shield is an annual exercise set to simulate the Korean theater of operations -- a combined, joint, multidomain and interagency operating environment. The exercise aims to build understanding between Combined Forces Command, USFK, United Nations Command and Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff, ensuring their ability to fortify the combined defense posture and enhance alliance response against security threats.

The training event included live, virtual, construction and field-based drills, involving personnel from military service branches and other federal agencies. In total, 12 countries took part in the exercise.

Members of USAMMC-K’s command team and operations staff, along with representatives from each staff section, participated in the training scenario.

“We were also enhanced with liaisons from the [Air Force, Navy and Defense Logistics Agency], who participated from our headquarters,” Sander said. “From our camp, we had about 15 members within our joint team involved in the daily activity.”

Additionally, personnel from AMLC’s Integrated Logistics Support Center, including the data analytics team, were on site for the first week of the exercise to observe and learn about USAMMC-K’s experience, challenges and data demands.

“From their observation, we already have great ideas to improve visualizations for report dashboards that can enhance decision-making and create better communication with them and AMLC, as well as our customer partners that depend on us to provide updates,” Sander explained.

A contingent of 10 Army Reserve Soldiers also conducted deployment training at USAMMC-K during the exercise. Sander said hosting the reserve Soldiers provides practical experience in onboarding a new MEDLOG team quickly and providing hands-on training, which would be required in a real contingency.

“Across the whole exercise, the entire theater trains collectively with the ROK Armed Forces and jointly across the services,” Sander said. “So this really is a whole theater military exercise engaging the skills and attention of tens of thousands of individuals working in concert. We just do our part.”

The USAMMC-K commander said it’s vital that the organization continues to be integrated into exercises that simulate large-scale combat operation contingencies, specifically because of the possibility of casualty events that have the potential to overwhelm the system without proper planning.

Communication is a key part of that support system, Sander stressed.

“Participating in exercises of this scale informs the form and style of our communications habit and rehearses the interactions so that leaders at every echelon can visualize their environment and the details they need to make better decisions,” he said. “We provide part of that feedback loop. We use that feedback loop ourselves so that we can make better plans, improve processes and put conditions and people in place with the right administrative and functional duties because we have literally trained on the complexity of such a large scenario.”

Sander also was quick to note the cooperative efforts of the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, another AMLC direct reporting unit.

“We work in concert with USAMMA, who has the most significant jobs in securing and demonstrating readiness in our operation,” he said. “With the investment into forward staging … they provide the immediate surge of equipment and supplies so that operations can be successfully maintained.

“USAMMA makes the materiel available, and USAMMC-K executes the distribution through our already strong relationships and channels established,” he added. “That practical relationship and how smoothly we intend to operate shows how AMLC assets are designed to work together to bring readiness and sustainment to the warfighter.”

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
X
363,420
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
USINDOPACOM Commander Travels to Australia
Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, speaks with Michael Fullilove, Executive Director at the Lowy Institute in Sydney on April 9, 2024. The engagement was part of a trip to Australia focused on increasing cooperation and military integration as part of the strong bilateral relationship. USINDOPACOM is committed to enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression and, when necessary, fighting to win. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John D. Bellino)
April 9, 2024 - SYDNEY - Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, visited Canberra and Sydney, Australia from April 7-10, 2024, where he met with senior government and military leaders and participated in think tank...

U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy unite for maritime rescue, emphasizing community ties in FSM
The crew of USCGC Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) rescues three mariners stranded on Pikelot Atoll, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia, on April 9, 2024. Watchstanders at Joint Rescue Sub-Center Guam received a distress call from a relative of the three mariners on April 6, 2024, reporting her three uncles departed Polowat Atoll, Chuuk State, Easter Sunday for Pikelot Atoll, approximately 100 nautical miles northwest and had not returned, prompting the search. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
April 9, 2024 - Three mariners are safe on April 9, 2024, thanks to the coordination of U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam and the U.S. Navy, after being stranded on Pikelot Atoll, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM),...

USINDOPACOM Commander Presents Legion of Merit to Australia Chief of Defence Force
Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, joins Gen. Angus Campbell, Australia Chief of the Defence Force, at a ceremony to present Campbell with the Legion of Merit in Canberra, Australia, on April 8, 2024. The Legion of Merit is the highest accolade that the U.S. can bestow upon a foreign leader; it is reserved for individuals who have shown exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services. USINDOPACOM is committed to enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression and, when necessary, fighting to win. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon M. Smith)
April 8, 2024 - CANBERRA, Australia - Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, presented Gen. Angus Campbell, Australia Chief of Defence Force, with the Legion of Merit, Degree of Commander, at the Russell Office...

AUKUS Defense Ministers' Joint Statement
Graphic intended for use as a placeholder for Statements and Press Releases without accompanying imagery.
April 8, 2024 - Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. seek to maximize the strategic benefits of the AUKUS partnership to support the security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond...

U.S. Coast Guard establishes Marine Safety Unit Saipan
Lt. Justin Miller, commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Saipan, takes a selfie with assembled guests at a ceremony to formally establish MSU Saipan in Garapan at the American Memorial Park on April 5, 2024. This significant achievement marks a milestone in leadership evolution and responsibility expansion within the U.S. Coast Guard, reflecting steadfast commitment to serving the people of Saipan and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) with unparalleled dedication and excellence. The change is part of an initiative to provide junior officers with increased command opportunities, fostering professional growth and leadership development within the ranks. Eighteen marine safety detachments are converting to marine safety units. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Justin Miller)
April 8, 2024 - The U.S. Coast Guard officially established Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Saipan in a ceremony in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, on April 5, 2024...