FORT DETRICK, Md. – A Medical Rehearsal of Concept (ROC) Drill in support of Project Convergence 22 was held at Fort Detrick, August 31 to September 1 by the Medical Capability Integration Directorate (MED CDID), in collaboration with the Medical Research Development Command (MRDC), Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO-EIS), and Air Force Research Lab (AFRL).
Over the two-day event, the medical technology team reviewed critical objectives supporting the execution of PC22 and facilitated a collective understanding of how medical technologies integrate into the scheme of maneuver.
The Commanding General of MRDC and Fort Detrick, Brig. Gen. Anthony McQueen stated, "PC22 execution will provide an opportunity to operate in a simulated operational environment to experiment with capabilities and technologies that meet gaps for future conflicts."
During the experiment, medical technology owners, observers, and data collectors will experiment future medical capabilities that are critical throughout the continuum of care, specifically enhancing the ability to track patients from the point of injury through Role 2 in a realistic, future operating environment.
Col. James Jones, MED CDID director, reinforced that outcomes from PC22 will enhance “the rapid clearing of casualties from the battlefield, return Soldiers to duty as far forward as possible, and overcome contested logistics.”
To optimize medical support to Army and Joint forces, McQueen emphasized that although we look at lessons from the past forward thinking is critical. “We are focused on the future, on taking what people think is impossible and figuring out how we can make it possible, so we continue providing our forces with world-class medical care in the future operating environment,” said McQueen.
Throughout the preparation and execution of PC22, medical technology owners are gaining an enhanced understanding of how their respective technologies inform and support the Medical 2028 Concept and Modernization strategy and Army 2030 modernization efforts. After the ROC Drill, medical program managers and medical technology owners left with a shared understanding of the timelines, roles and responsibilities, data collection, and execution for PC22.
“We have to solve problems more quickly and effectively than our adversaries in a complex and uncertain environment,” explained Jones. “Innovative technologies that integrate with the warfighter and our medical enterprise are the key to making sure we can see, understand, and act faster than ever before.”
Along with shared understanding, the Medical ROC Drill allowed senior leaders and medical technology representatives to continue advancing a shared vision of Army Medical Modernization that will enhance future medical support for worldwide operations.