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To build readiness and interoperability with strategic partners, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) conducted Maroon Surge 22, a pre-planned Mass Casualty (MASCAL) emergency response training exercise, on 10 march. It was the first exercise of its kind at LRMC since 2019, due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

US Army Colonel Andrew Landers, commanding officer of LRMC, said the exercise allows LRMC to meet Joint Commission training requirements for emergency management and provides a platform to build lasting relationships. with our strategic partners.

“Furthermore, the exercise allows us to demonstrate our commitment to maintaining a readiness posture in support of the Joint Warfighter,” he said.

The MASCAL exercise involved more than 200 participants, with evacuations, transports and treatment of simulated patients. The scenario centered on a major vehicle rollover with nearly two dozen injuries that required immediate on-site medical attention, evacuation and hospital treatment.
Participants used the LRMC Emergency Operations Center to manage medical assets and partners, including German emergency responders and medical personnel from nearby medical facilities.

The capabilities of the LRMC’s medical assets were observed by the Multinational Medical Coordination Center/European Medical Command of the Medical Service of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) and the German Red Cross.
The exercise helps increase collaboration between the United States and its partners, while providing opportunities for response and preparedness.

“For LRMC staff, seeing how we fit in with our host nation partners is a great opportunity for young doctors,” said Lt. Col. Akpan Ekerette, LRMC Director of Readiness and Training. “As a medical center, we must be prepared to care for the joint combatant and support our NATO partners, providing compassionate, high-quality care.”

LRMC’s recent response during Operation Allies Refuge and Operation Allies Welcome – the U.S. military withdrawal and evacuation of eligible Afghans from Afghanistan – provided the Military Processing Facility (MTF) with opportunities to partnership with host country medical facilities.

Staff Sgt. Eric Holman, LRMC’s NCO in charge of readiness and integration, said real-life military operations like these have changed the way LRMC conducts its training.

“It makes us think about the next piece of the puzzle that’s bigger than us, and it helps us realize that we’re all connected,” Holman said. “We cannot operate in a bubble, we have to take off our specific hats and understand that what we are going to do has an impact.”