• Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the ground up a week prior, in a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the...

  • Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the ground up a week prior, in a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the...

  • Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella, commander, U.S. Forces Japan shakes Soldiers hands as he tours an 84-bed combat support hospital set up by Reserve Soldiers of the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, while the unit conducted a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella, commander, U.S. Forces Japan shakes Soldiers hands as he tours an 84-bed combat support hospital set up by Reserve Soldiers of the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment...

  • Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the ground up a week prior, in a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the...

  • Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, remove patients from an ambulance bus in a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, remove patients from an ambulance bus in a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami...

  • Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the ground up a week prior, in a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the...

  • Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the ground up a week prior, in a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the...

  • Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, remove patients from a Medical Support Squadron, Yakota Airbase Hospital helicopter in a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, remove patients from a Medical Support Squadron, Yakota Airbase Hospital helicopter in a mass...

  • Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, load patients on a Medical Support Squadron, Yakota Airbase Hospital helicopter in a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, load patients on a Medical Support Squadron, Yakota Airbase Hospital helicopter in a mass casualty...

  • Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, set up an 84-bed combat support hospital from the ground up, during one of Japan's hottest months with temperatures and humidity ranging in the high 90s daily, on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, set up an 84-bed combat support hospital from the ground up, during one of Japan's hottest months...

  • Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella (center left), commander, U.S. Forces Japan and Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison (center right), commander, U.S. Army Japan, receive a briefing from Col. Michael Banton (far left), deputy chief clinical services, 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th MEDCOM (DS) before touring an 84-bed combat support hospital set up by Soldiers of the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, while the unit conducted a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella (center left), commander, U.S. Forces Japan and Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison (center right), commander, U.S. Army Japan, receive a briefing from Col. Michael Banton (far left), deputy chief clinical services, 325th Combat...

  • Gen. Eiji Kimizuka, chief of staff, Japan ground self-defense force, takes a tour of an 84-bed combat support hospital set up by Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, while unit conducted a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, here, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Gen. Eiji Kimizuka, chief of staff, Japan ground self-defense force, takes a tour of an 84-bed combat support hospital set up by Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support)...

  • Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the ground up a week prior, in a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the...

  • Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, remove patients from an ambulance bus as Japanese media videotape and take photos of a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, remove patients from an ambulance bus as Japanese media videotape and take photos of...

  • Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, set up an 84-bed combat support hospital from the ground up, during one of Japan's hottest months with temperatures and humidity ranging in the high 90s daily, on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, set up an 84-bed combat support hospital from the ground up, during one of Japan's...

  • Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, chief, Army Reserve talks to Col. Gary Morsch, clinical physician, 325th Combat Support Hospital during a tour of an 84-bed combat support hospital set up by Army Reserve Soldiers of the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, while the unit conducted a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, chief, Army Reserve talks to Col. Gary Morsch, clinical physician, 325th Combat Support Hospital during a tour of an 84-bed combat support hospital set up by Army Reserve Soldiers of the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th...

  • Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the ground up a week prior, in a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the...

  • Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the ground up a week prior, in a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, work on patients, in an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the...

  • Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison, commander, U.S. Army Japan, talks to a 325th Combat Support Hospital Soldier as he tours an 84-bed combat support hospital set up by Army Reserve Soldiers of the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, while the unit conducted a mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, here, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison, commander, U.S. Army Japan, talks to a 325th Combat Support Hospital Soldier as he tours an 84-bed combat support hospital set up by Army Reserve Soldiers of the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th...

  • Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, set up an 84-bed combat support hospital from the ground up, during one of Japan's hottest months with temperatures and humidity ranging in the high 90s daily, on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012, here, Aug. 28, 2012.

    325th Combat Support Hospital flawless during USARPAC MEDEX 12

    Army Reserve Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, set up an 84-bed combat support hospital from the ground up, during one of Japan's...

SAGAMIHARA, Japan (Aug. 28, 2012) -- Soldiers from the 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support), deployed from Independence, Missouri, and executed a seamless mass casualty exercise for disaster relief on Sagami (Army) General Depot in Sagamihara, Japan, Aug. 28.

The unit accomplished this while escorting numerous visitors, to include Japanese media, through an 84-bed combat support hospital that the unit built from the ground up a week prior, during U.S. Army Pacific's Medical Exercise 2012.

Medical Exercise 2012, or MEDEX 12, is a U.S. Army Pacific multi-component, joint service, bi-lateral exercise hosted by 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support), U.S. Army Pacific. This is the second year, of a planned annual event, that 18th MEDCOM (DS) has hosted MEDEX 12, and the first year in over a decade that a combat support hospital has been set-up on Sagami General Depot during the event.

The 325th CSH worked hand-in-hand with the Medical Support Squadron, Yakota Airbase Hospital medical team, and had acting patients moved by helicopter and ambulance bus from the air base, which is an hour drive and 15 minute flight, to the combat support hospital site to demonstrate the receipt of patients in the event of a natural disaster in the area.

"The mass casualty exercise went well and it was interesting and realistic experience to have the Japanese reporters out there when that ambulance bus came up, unexpected adjustments made by the Air force that expanded the event from single triage to dual triage, which meant all of the hospital units had to respond to the changes, and it all went smoothly," explained Col. Michael Banton, deputy chief clinical services, 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th MEDCOM (DS). "There wasn't a sense of chaos. Everything went in an orderly manner, which is exactly what we are trying to accomplish in triage."

"The air evacuation process by aircraft is an extensive coordination process and Airman Amanda Woodcox, health service management, Medical Support Squadron, Yakota Airbase Hospital, helped coordinate the entire process," said Lt Col. Tim Martinez, chief, health engagement division, Pacific Air Forces. "Woodcox has a lot of patient administration experience and working with the Reservist here, some of them it's their first time, helped make the process better. I'm so glad that the Air Force could be a part of it with the helicopters and patient movement said," Martinez.

The unit has executed the mission, so far, with only half of its Soldiers.

"Half of our unit arrived back at home station yesterday from a deployment to Kuwait," said Sgt. 1st Class John Morschl, orthopedic technician, 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th MEDCOM (DS). "There were little bumps here and there, but despite the challenge of the heat and humidity things are going well."

Morschl went on to say that the unit deployed Soldiers to Afghanistan in 2004 and Iraq in 2007.

Col. Todd Clow, deputy chief clinical services, 325th Combat Support Hospital, 139th Medical Brigade, 807th MEDCOM (DS), who is responsible for hospital operations, described the performance of the unit as "outstanding" considering the personnel strength.

"Typically we would have almost double the amount of Soldiers to help set-up and nurse anesthetists helped pound in stacks and put up tents," Clow explained.

He went on to say that the 84-bed hospital is there because it's readily expandable.

"We have 164 personnel and a full complement of a 144-bed combat support hospital has over 480 Soldiers," said Clow. "The point I'm making here is that the Soldiers who have been here on the ground have been really working hard and doing things that they don't necessarily do. We had a timetable to meet and despite the heat they did it."

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