JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-Fort Sam Houston, Texas --The US Army Medical Center of Excellence, or MEDCoE, hosted senior members of the Alamo Federal Executive Board, or AFEB, on Wednesday, February 12.The AFEB is comprised of a collaboration of 63 federal agencies in the San Antonio area. The visit included over 50 civil servants and community leaders intent on learning about the MEDCoE's role in the Army.The group received a tours and updates on the Flight Paramedic, Preventive Dental, and the MEDCoE's overall mission. The school trains and educates nearly 37,000 soldiers in over 360 training and education programs annually that include everyone from combat medics, doctors, surgeons, nurses, veterinarians, dentists, physical therapists and physician assistants to medical evacuation pilots, food inspectors, medical technicians, and hospital administrators.Mr. Joseph M. Harmon III, Deputy to the Commanding General, MEDCoE welcomed the visitors. Harmon said, "We are very proud of what we do here," noting that this year, the MEDCoE is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Army's authorization to create the Medical Field Service School, where the organization traces its origin. "So we have been around for a while. We have seen a tremendous amount of transformation and it seems like we are always undergoing some sort of change for the betterment of Army Medicine and our Army."To ensure they are ready to win on future battlefields, the Army is modernizing how they fight, how they task organize for the fight, the equipment they fight with and how we they attract and manage talented people to lead the fight and support the force.MEDCoE's current priorities not only include modernization of the medical force but also advancements in simulations and the synthetic training environment, leader development and plans for the most significant redesign to 68W, Combat Medic program in decades.The entire Army has a role to play in the modernization effort. Army Medicine's role is "To Conserve the Fighting Strength" and contribute to the Army's ability to fight and win.
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