PTMS chief 'finds his niche,' selected to mentor
August 11, 2014
1LT Christian Koscinski, Chief of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (PTMS) here at McDonald Army Health Center was recently chosen to represent as lead for the Junior Officer Council for the Medical Operations Officers (70H) of Northern Regional Medical Command in support of the MEDCOM 2020 Campaign Design Objective to "Build and Prepare the Team."
The Junior Officer Council is designed to teach and mentor junior Medical Services Corps officers that are considering the opportunities available to them as a Medical Operations Officer. As lead, 1LT Christian Koscinski, will act as the proponent and sounding board for other Junior Officers who provide feedback and want to offer recommendations on what is and isn't working in the field. In doing so, this will allow him to provide feedback to the 70H Junior Officer Council, Council of Colonels and essentially to the 70H Consultant.
Koscinski originally enlisted as a Combat medic in 2000. He has held every leadership position from Senior Line Medic to Medical Platoon Sergeant and Instructor/Writer. He has served on three combat deployments -- twice deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. As an Enlisted Soldier, Koscinski spent most of his time serving with 70H Officers.
After several years of serving as an Enlisted Noncommissioned officer, Koscinski decided to go the "Officer Route." Through the Army's Green to Gold program, Koscinski was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 2012. Upon his Commissioning from the University of Texas at San Antonio, he entered the Medical Service Corp (MSC) where he was assigned to the 5-73rd Calvary Squadron as a Platoon Leader in the elite 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. After serving in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team for one year, he was reassigned to Fort Eustis, Va.
Since arriving at McDonald Army Health Center, 1LT Koscinski has assumed leadership as the Chief of PTMS which is where training is assessed and all orders, i.e., operation order (OPORD), warning order (WARNO), and fragmentary order (FRAGO), are published, maintained and enforced. He also acts as principle adviser to the Commander on all issues pertaining to Operations.
PTMS is "basically the heartbeat of the military treatment facility" as far as operations go. According to Koscinski, everything that comes from our higher headquarters is routed through us for compliance, and we are able to monitor and advise the commander.
Since assuming his role as the PTMS Chief, Koscinski has become very interested in joining the 70H community.
"I am an operator type officer, and this is the closest I could get to it here," Koscinski said. "Once I was in the position for about four months and learned more about it, there was a Medical Service Corps message that came out requesting Soldiers to apply for the 70H Junior Officer Council. The council was looking for Soldiers between the ranks of second Lieutenant and Captain. I knew immediately that this was my opportunity to seek guidance and mentorship towards becoming a 70H Operations Officer."
The Lieutenant is now excited about this opportunity to assist junior officers and peers alike in the 70H community. He is anxious to lead and encourages other officers interested in the 70H field to "Go for it!", " there are many great opportunities that the 70H community has to offer, and the leadership on the 70H Council of Colonels is some of the best I've seen in my 14 year career".
"I am operator minded, and I thrive off the field side of things," Koscinski said. "In six years, I am hoping to have served as a Company Commander and in a Medical Brigade/Brigade Combat Team type of assignment which is ideal for me, then moving on into the 70H community ultimately becoming a Division Medical Planner with a more strategic view."