" Look at all the water throughout the Pacific and you tend to think Navy. The fact of the matter is, not all of the nations with which we engage or wish to engage have Navies, but they all have Armies. I see the U.S. Army's role in the process of searching for peace to be absolutely critical."
- Secretary of the Army John McHugh, shares his thought of U.S. Army playing an important role in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility (the fifth largest area of the world, ) despite the fact that much of it is ocean.
Secretary of the Army kicks off Pacific Army tour in Hawaii
"We accept these risks all the time."
- Staff Sgt. Eddie Peoples, who is assigned to the 386th Movement Control Team out of Vicenza, Italy, who received a Certificate of Recognition from the Sarasota Police Department, Fla., for his role in apprehending a bank robber while he was on leave, emphasizing that risk is part of a Soldier's life.
Soldier on leave foils bank robbery in Florida
Soldier Medical Readiness Campaign Plan
What it is?
The Soldier Medical Readiness Campaign Plan (SMR-CP) is an Army and Medical Command (MEDCOM) coordinated, synchronized and integrated initiative to support the deployment of healthy and fit Soldiers, increase the medical readiness of the Army and effectively manage the medically not ready (MNR) population in order to return the maximum number of Soldiers to deployable status.
What the Army has done?
The Army Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker appointed the deputy surgeon general for Mobilization, Readiness and Reserve Affairs, Maj. Gen. Richard A. Stone, as the campaign lead. The campaign seeks to improve the medical readiness of the Army through three primary lines of effort (LOE):
LOE 1.0 Medically Not Ready Soldier Identification
LOE 2.0 MNR Management Programs
LOE 3.0 Evidence-Based Health Promotion, Injury Prevention and Human Performance Optimization Programs.
The Army and MEDCOM achieved early success with LOE 1.0 Medically Not Ready Soldier Identification through increase use of the Medical Protection System (MEDPROS) and the Electronic Profile (e-profile) as the single reporting process for determining medical readiness. They also achieved success under LOE 2.0 MNR Management Programs implementing the Medical Management Center Program, initiating a Medical Evaluation Board Expansion Plan and standardizing the medical support and services provided to Soldier Readiness Processing sites. Additional enhancements under LOE 3.0 Evidence-Based Health Promotion, Injury Prevention and Human Performance Optimization Programs include establishing basic combat training injury surveillance, implementing military treatment facility and unit based medical management and rehabilitation programs, prioritizing research efforts, coordinating and supporting health promotion and wellness services.
What the Army has planned for the future?
The SMR-CP spans a five-year period April 2011 through September 2016 and applies to all units assigned to or under the administrative control of the MEDCOM. In addition, MEDCOM will update the SMR-CP annually to support Army Force Generation in each of its phases to increase the medical readiness of the Army.
Why is Soldier Medical Readiness important to the Army?
It is mission essential that the Army maintains a healthy and fit force. The SMR-CP helps the Army and commanders maintain visibility and control of the MNR Soldier population through proven programs, processes and guidance. The SMR-CP also supports the Army’s overall effort to maintain and enhance the health and fitness of Soldiers and the medical readiness of the Army to return the maximum number of Soldiers to available and deployable status.
Log on to AKO required: Soldier Medical Readiness Campaign Plan, March 30, 2011
Medical Readiness for Reserve Component Soldiers
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