Photo submitted by Staff Sgt.
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
Photo by Staff Sgt.
The building that houses
the headquarters of the 144th Area Support Medical
Company and Troop Medical Clinic, Tallil Air Base,
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
tools needed to run the best ASMC in the United States
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
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.
Photo submitted by Staff Sgt.
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
To the Soldiers of the 144th
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
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.
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
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.