144th Area Support Medical Company Arrives in Iraq Nov. 16

 

Written by Capt. Robert Dent and

Staff Sgt. Jason Talcott

Published December 20, 2005

       
Soldiers of the 144th ASMC at Camp Echo transfer an Air MEDEVAC patient Nov. 25.

Photo submitted by Staff Sgt. Timothy Stillman

Soldiers of the 144th ASMC at Camp Echo

transfer  an Air MEDEVAC patient Nov. 25.

Operations Noncommissioned Officer in Charge Staff Sgt. Jason Talcott gives his initial impressions of the mission and the new surroundings of the 144th Area Support Medical Company (ASMC)

 

TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq After tearful goodbyes, three months of intensive training, pre-deployment leave and more tearful goodbyes, the 144th ASMC has finally arrived “on ground” in southern Iraq. It’s hard to believe our deployment started almost four months ago!

Now that we have made it to Iraq we are well trained, fully mission capable, ready to accomplish our mission and anxious to make our families, state and nation proud.

As we begin our in-country time and the clock starts counting down, we look forward to an exciting year and all the things that go with it.

We will be afforded the opportunity of putting over 350 years of collective training to the task. As a unit we have been tasked with a wide variety of missions and presented with numerous challenges and will provide our soldiers with additional training opportunities.

The building that houses the headquarters of the 144th Area Support Medical Company and Troop Medical Clinic, Tallil Air Base, Iraq.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Talcott

The building that houses the headquarters of the 144th Area Support Medical Company and Troop Medical Clinic, Tallil Air Base, Iraq.

As is the tempo and motivation of this unit, we hit the ground running and have barely stopped to come up for air. The various sections of the company have been hard at work learning their respective roles in our mission. We have been busy putting in place the tools needed to run the best ASMC in the United States military.

Our maintenance section has reconfigured their shop area and is hard at work making sure our vehicles are 100 percent mission capable. Operations has been putting in place all the various administrative procedures and sending the multitude of reports required.

Our Treatment platoon and all the noncommissioned officers in charge (NCOIC) of the various sites are seeing patientsand fine tuning their operating procedures. The Supply section has been working to get us all the necessities we need.

And last but certainly not least, our Communications section has us all connected, online and in-touch. Everyone in the unit has been working hard and doing a great job. Hats off!

The 144th looks forward to its deployment and safe return home. We have had many challenges in our short time in Iraq and intend to keep pushing the envelope to ensure that all those who need our support receive the very best in patient care that the Army has to offer.

Spc. Ben Mecham, 144th ASMC, lends a helping hand to a local resident at Camp Scania.

Photo submitted by Staff Sgt. Terry Cropf

Spc. Ben Mecham, 144th ASMC, lends a helping

hand to a young local resident at Camp Scania.

Capt. Robert Dent, commander of the 144th, thanks his Soldiers and sets the tone for their mission in Iraq:

To the Soldiers of the 144th ASMC: I want to publicly thank you for your hard work and professionalism here in the early stages.  Since hitting the ground Nov. 16 you have been dedicated to providing the highest standards of medical care and working overtime to improve the existing support system. Every section has been vital in executing our mission.

In addition to caring for our own, we are providing training to the Iraqi Army and caring for local nationals which is keeping our medical sections very busy and providing them a broad range of experiences.

The 61st MMB (Multifunction Medical Battalion) commander, Lt. Col. Grimes, visited several of our sites during the first week of December.  He oversees 13 other units including 5 ASMCs.  His comments to me are that the 144th is setting the standard.

Several of the clinic SOPs have appeared on the battalion Web site as “best practices,” and our maintenance shop led by Sgt. Martin was the source of many compliments to our unit.

After a month here on the ground, it appears the 144th is setting up for a distinguished deployment and has already made large contributions to the future of Iraq.