By Inkyeong Yun, Unit Public Affairs Representative, 121st CSH/BAACHNovember 27, 2018
U.S. ARMY GARRISON-YONGSAN, Korea -- Alpha Company (A Co.) and Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (HHD) of 121st Combat Support Hospital (CSH) conducted a CSH establishment validation exercise, Operation Eagle's Quest, from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8 at Warrior Base, Paju-si, South Korea.
Soldiers from A Co. and HHD honed their medical combat support skills in an austere environment to provide excellent health care during Transition to Hostility (TTH). During Operation Eagle's Quest, A Co. demonstrated its ability to establish a fully operational critical corridor, and HHD established a tactical operation center (TOC) and a command post (CP) through the operation.
Soldiers in A Co. were deployed and established a fully operational critical corridor ready to receive patients within 12 hours of operation. The setup included the emergency room, an operating room with two surgical beds, surgical processing department, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology departments.
Capt. Trevor Fitzgerald, A Co. commander, shared that future operations will include an Intensive Care Unit and Intermediate Care Ward to further validate expeditionary deployment operations within the 121st CSH.
Additionally, HHD conducted an expeditionary tactical movement. Within the first six hours from the arrival to the training site, the detachment successfully established a TOC, CP, local area network connections and a Logistical Support Area.
"Whether it's overseas in the field environment or here in garrison, training opportunities like this always benefit the Soldiers and the unit as we stay ready for 'Fight Tonight' mission," said Capt. Andres Gil, HHD commander. "I believe the Soldiers gained necessary knowledge and experience that will effectively support the CSH's mission in any given situation."
"Our plan is to increase the CSH level operations in a field environment," said Col. Andrew Landers, 121st CSH commander. "(The) 121st CSH/BAACH is the only unit in the Army with a dual mission and will continue to balance between providing Armistice Healthcare and our warfighting mission."