DVIDS – News – Navy Expeditionary Preventive Medicine Team returns home after successful mission

Forward Deployable Preventative Medicine Unit ONE TEAM (FDPMU-1), an operational medical platform comprised of public health experts from Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit TWO (NEPMU-2) Norfolk, VA , returned from Krakow, Poland on July 8, 2022, after a five-month deployment.

The team deployed in support of the US Army’s Task Force Dragon shortly after the outbreak of armed conflict in Ukraine. While portions of the Navy’s UPDF frequently deploy in support of humanitarian operations, disease outbreaks and force health protection efforts, this was the first deployment of a full UPDF team. in support of theater combat readiness for over a decade. FDPMUs are responsible for ensuring the occupational and environmental safety of all operational personnel, including water testing, toxic industrial chemical exposure monitoring, and disease surveillance.

The 13-member team was led by Cmdr. Preventive Medicine Physician Michael Prudhomme and was equipped with chemical and biological detection equipment capable of identifying a wide range of natural and man-made health threats that can degrade force health and disaster preparedness. assignments.

“Being deployed to Poland was a great experience,” said Danielle Cuello, Hospital Member 2nd Class, Preventive Medicine Technician on FDPMU-1. “I have enjoyed working alongside our counterparts in the United States Army. It has been an incredible experience training with the Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams. and ordnance (EOD) in a joint exercise.

Upon arrival in Poland, FDPMU-1 conducted Occupational Environmental Health Site Assessments (OEHSA) at five forward operating bases across Poland. Each OEHSA included chemical, biological, radiological, and vector-borne disease threat assessments, providing Joint Task Force leadership with detailed analysis and mitigation recommendations regarding potential health risks at each base. During the OEHSAs, FDPMU-1 team members conducted sampling to ensure short-term water safety and to assess long-term potability. The team also performed ambient air testing to assess high-risk toxic industrial chemical threats to Joint Task Force personnel.

In addition to the OEHSAs, FDPMU-1 executed a 48-hour CBRNE exercise with U.S. Army personnel, participated in a Polish Constitution Day celebration, and partnered with a team of veterinarians from the U.S. military to execute a joint technology exchange with NATO partner Poland’s Preventive Medicine Center. (Wojskowy Ośrodek Medycyny Prewencyjnej; WOMP), Krakow. During the technology exchange, FDPMU-1 met WOMP staff and visited their laboratory in Krakow. “It was an honor to meet the WOMP team, see their facilities and get a glimpse of all their capabilities. I look forward to teaming up with the Polish CBRNE WOMP unit for future joint exercises,” said said FDPMU-1 biochemist Lt. Peter Mercredi.

During the meeting, the teams discussed technical capabilities, equipment, analysis and testing processes, and general approaches to providing preventive medicine services to their forces. It is hoped that this landmark meeting can serve as a springboard for future joint operations and training exercises. “I thank the US Navy Preventive Medicine Team for coming to visit our facility and sharing how they perform Occupational Environmental Health Site Assessments (OEHSA),” said Col. Konrad Tkaczewski, cardiologist and commander of the WOMP. “The information we all gather is vital to protecting all troops. Collaborating in joint surveillance operations would be fundamental to establishing international standards for preventive medicine testing. »

In addition to establishing excellent relationships with NATO partners, the team has successfully collected over 500 hours of air samples, conducted over 10 water potability tests, performed pest control of 300 sleeping tents, evaluated pest and environmental management contracts, and conducted epidemiological surveillance of communicable diseases by monitoring more than 800 medical consultations. Their contributions were recognized by the task force commander who awarded the team the Army Medal of Honor.

“The short-fuse deployment of FDPMU-1 was a significant event, in response to a real, real-time enemy combat threat on NATO’s eastern flank,” said Cmdr. John Owings, officer in charge, NEPMU-2. “Navy Medicine has established a highly skilled and mobile preventive medicine team in Eastern Europe. This team was on site and ready to provide theater-level force health protection analysis and advice to the joint force. They provided exceptional service to Task Force Dragon and greatly enhanced our military medical relationship with a critical NATO partner. I can’t be more proud of this team!

NEPMU-2 is a field activity of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC), Portsmouth, Va. and public health consultation. For more information, visit www.nmcphc.med.navy.mil. Follow NMCPHC on social media at https://www.facebook.com/NavyAndMarineCorpsPublicHealthCenter http://twitter.com/nmcphc and https://www.instagram.com/nmcphc/

Date taken: 19.08.2022
Date posted: 19.08.2022 12:58
Story ID: 427646
Location: NORFOLK, Virginia, USA

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