“THE THEATER MEDICAL COMMAND OF THE INDO-PACIFIC”
The 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) has a distinguished history, serving our nation in one of the most hotly contested regions of the world during armistice. Originally constituted in the Regular Army on 10 May 1967 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 18th Medical Brigade, the unit was activated on 18 August 1967 at Fort Lee, Virginia in preparation for service in the Republic of Vietnam.
The unit inactivated at Fort George Meade, Maryland on 16 December 1970 and later re designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 18th Medical Command and was activated on 16 August 1984 in the Republic of Korea. After 24 years of outstanding service on the peninsula, earning the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation in 1989, and the Army Superior Unit Award in 2003, the 18th Medical Command , cased its colors in Yongsan, Republic of Korea on 15 October 2008.
On 25 November 2008, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) was welcomed to Hawaii in an arrival ceremony on Historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii to serve as one of the Army's Theater Enabling Commands.
The command achieved Full Operational Capability on 4 October 2011, and supports multiple exercises and operations throughout the Pacific. The 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support)'s lines of effort are nested with those of Regional Health Command Pacific and US Army Pacific.
18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) stands ready to provide mission command, administrative assistance, and technical supervision of assigned and attached medical units within the Indo-Asia Pacific Region.