WASHINGTON - - Senior medical leaders from around the world listened to briefings on the mission and capabilities of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Aug. 2, 2013.

The leaders were visiting Washington as part of the International and U.S. Senior Medical Strategic Leadership Program (MSLP), sponsored by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

The program is a forum for military leaders to prepare for the complex strategic leadership challenges of combined health service support operations. An added benefit is that attendees develop enduring friendships with military counterparts all over the world.

The MSLP, a course within the Leader Training Center, at the Academy of Health Sciences, was established in order to provide training support that focused on strategic-level military medical leadership health issues, working within coalitions and alliances, with an emphasis on combating terrorism and providing a networking environment for military professionals.

JFHQ-NCR plans, coordinates, maintains situational awareness, and as directed, partners in the employment of forces as a Joint Task Force to conduct homeland defense and civil support operations in the National Capital Region to mitigate regional challenges.

MDW serves as the Army Forces Component to, and core staff element of, the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region, and provides executive, operational, ceremonial and musical support across a full spectrum of worldwide responsibilities to support our Nation's leaders.