By Ms. Tish Williamson, Director of Communications MEDCoEOctober 15, 2019
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas --Sgt. 1st Class Hunter Black, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Directorate of Simulation and Combat Medic Sustainment Division at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, or MEDCoE, was selected to represent the MEDCoE at the 2019 Association of the United States Army 2019 Annual Meeting and Exposition held in Washington, D.C. October 14-16.
MEDCoE is the proponent for the Army's medical education and training, medical capability development and medical doctrine development and integration. The Directorate of Simulation's mission is to enhance Army medical training with the latest technologies working by, with, and through internal and external partners.
At AUSA, Black will be one of two presenters at the MEDCoE kiosk that is part of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC's, display. He is charged to articulate to AUSA attendees what the medical center, as TRADOC's newest CoE, brings to the warfighter.
Black said, "There are a lot of emerging opportunities in medical simulation to improve our medical force's training." He plans to highlight the MEDCoE's modernization efforts for the Medical Simulation Training Centers, MSTC, as MEDCoE develops the MSTC-2 capability during the conference. He is also looking forward to hearing presenters at AUSA's warrior's corner on the subject of Synthetic Training Environment and getting the opportunity to visit some of the hundreds of exhibits that will be available when he is not manning the kiosk.
Trained as a 68W, Healthcare Specialist, commonly known as a "Combat Medic," Black has a special operations background and over eight years of dedicated service to the Army to include combat deployments. He was honored to be selected and considers the opportunity to engage with thousands of key leaders in the Army and Department of Defense on behalf of the MEDCoE as a highlight of his storied career.
Originally from Tupelo, Mississippi, Black was in high school during the September 11, 2001 attacks and was in awe of the country's resilience and first responder efforts. He decided to enlist in May 2007 as a combat medic so that he could be trained to help soldiers survive combat. He completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Advanced Individual Training for 68W Healthcare Specialist at Fort Sam Houston in the same organization where he is currently assigned.
"To be selected to represent the Medical Center of Excellence at AUSA where there are thousands of Army, DoD, and industry leaders is truly humbling, especially given the high caliber of those I currently work with," said Black. "This [attending AUSA] will allow us to advance the conversation of enhancing training and skills for the best military medical force in the world."
The theme for the MEDCoE's kiosk is "Army Medicine Starts Here" with a goal to inform AUSA attendees, who may not already be familiar, of the breadth and depth of their mission, current priorities, and initiatives. Visitors to the MEDCoE kiosk will receive information and materials describing how MEDCoE, is responsible to drive Army Medicine into the Army and the Army Profession into Army Medicine's Professionals.
To learn more about the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence and its staff directorates, visit, www.medcoe.army.mil.