PUBLIC HEALTH COMMAND (PHC) WINS AMEDD WOLF PACK OF THE YEAR
October 1, 2012
Congratulations to the 2012 Wolf Pack of the Year Award winners, the Rabies Response Team (RRT) from Public Health Command.
Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Surgeon General and Commanding General U.S. Army Medical Command, and the AMEDD Civilian Corps Chief, Gregg Stevens, presided over the award ceremony held on September 28, to acknowledge winners of the first ever Wolf Pack of the Year (2012) award. The Wolf Pack Award recognizes exceptional teamwork by an integrated group of military and civilian team members focused on excellence in support of Army Medicine.
Led by COL Steven Cersovsky, RRT is recognized for exceptionally meritorious service and team work during a worldwide Public Health investigation of potential Rabies exposures among deployed personnel that took place from August 22, 2011 to February 16, 2012.
The RRT integrated capabilities across Army Medicine to respond to a Service Member death from rabies contracted during deployment to Afghanistan. The RRT rapidly developed and implemented a three-phased approach to identify, notify, evaluate, and ensure appropriate treatment for all personnel who sustained potential rabies exposures during recent deployments. The team also implemented additional measures to reduce future risk to Service Members.
The exceptional coordination, perseverance, and dedication to the health and well-being of Soldiers and Department of the Army (DA) Civilians exemplified by all 122 members of the Team resulted in the notification and coordination of treatment for more than 9,000 Service Members as well as actions that will reduce future risks across the Department of Defense. The impact of RRT's actions on the health and wellness of the Army reflects great credit upon its members, the U.S. Army Medical Command, and the United States Army.
The team was selected in a tough competition among the four winners of the quarterly awards for this year: the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center TBI Program, the HQ MEDCOM BizOps Bowl Team, the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Skills/Knowledge Fair Committee, and the PHC Rabies Response Team.