U.S. Army Medical Materiel Command Europe Soldiers played an important role in Maroon Surge 18, a medical readiness and contingency response exercise designed to test Regional Health Command Europe's interoperability with joint, partner nation and operational medical forces.

In support of an exercise scenario, USAMMCE was notified to deploy the Consequence Management Set to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

As part of its medical logistics mission, USAMMCE maintains the CM Set, which is one of eight strategically pre-positioned sets around the world that are ready to deploy when called upon. The CM Sets are stocked with medical materiel specific to the treatment of casualties exposed to chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear contaminants

"When tasked, it is vital to have the set delivered to a military treatment facility as soon as possible in order to have the proper medical materiel available for treatment of CBRNE casualties," said Capt. Dan Miller, USAMMCE HHD commander. "Deploying the set at a moment's notice exercises our capability to support the warfighters and their families."

With the assistance of the 6966th Transportation Company, USAMMCE prepared, loaded, and deployed the set within a pre-determined time limit. External evaluators from Regional Health Command Atlantic and the 21st Theater Sustainment Command helped to assess how well USAMMCE executed the mission.

"While we test our reaction time several times a year, this is the first time we deployed the set off the installation," Miller said. "We were able to fine tune some of our procedures, but overall I think it went very well."

USAMMCE provides medical materiel logistics to all branches of military services and Department of State customers across Europe, Southwest Asia, and Africa. Additionally, they do optical fabrication (make eyeglasses) and medical materiel maintenance and calibration.