SAN ANTONIO, Texas –
Lt. Col. Justin Avery represented the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, or MEDCoE, during kiosk presentations at a national professional development forum Oct. 14-16 in Washington, D.C.
Avery, who considers San Antonio his hometown, presented information about the MEDCoE, the newest of the Training and Doctrine Command's centers of excellence at the 2019 Association of the United States Army, or AUSA, Annual Meeting and Exposition during the three-day event. Avery is assigned as the Military Deputy for the CoE's newest staff directorate, the TRADOC Capability Manager-Army Health System, or TCM-AHS within the Fielded Force Integration Directorate, or FFID.
TCM-AHS was appointed by the TRADOC Commanding General in August to act as TRADOC's centralized manager for fielded force integrator activities associated with medical commands, brigades, field medical units and the Army Health System.
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. They are the proponent for the Army's medical education and training, medical capability development and medical doctrine development and integration.
Several of the center's senior leaders, to include Maj. Gen. Patrick D. Sargent, MEDCoE commander, had other key engagements and professional development opportunities during the annual event, which is attended by approximately 30,000 key leaders from the Army, Department of Defense, Congress and industry partners.
However, Avery feels more pride then pressure to ensure MEDCoE's kiosk within the TRADOC and Army display is interactive, informative and makes a good impression on attendees.
"I'm honored to be selected to represent the Medical Center of Excellence, and be able to articulate to the rest of the Army the importance of the Medical Center, the newly created TRADOC Capability Manager and the importance we bring to the Warfighter," Avery said.
Under the MEDCoE, as charged by TRADOC, the TCM-AHS is the modernization proponent and the capability developer for all things medical. TCM-AHS coordinates, integrates, and synchronizes doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, facilities and policy, or DOTMLPF-P domain activities in support of the Army Health System as a whole.
"Our mission is critically important to ensure our medical force gets the right capabilities, the right training, the right equipment, and the right personnel to do the wartime operational medicine mission as well as ensuring that our force is medically ready," Avery said.
An aeromedical evacuation, or MEDEVAC pilot by trade for nearly 20 years, Avery said he is most proud of the capability development he has been involved in over the last five years. When he is not manning the MEDCoE display, he said he is looking forward to hearing presenters at AUSA's warrior's corner and getting the opportunity to visit some of the hundreds of exhibits that will be available when he is not manning the kiosk.
During AUSA, Avery was joined by Sgt. 1st Class Hunter Black, a highly experienced combat medic with a background in special operations and several combat deployments. Black represents the MEDCoE's Directorate of Simulations, or DOS. Created earlier this year, MEDCoE's DOS works closely with TCM-AHS to push forward with advancements and innovations in Army Medicine.
"The lasting impact of the work we have been fortunate to have been involved in means a great deal to me because it will affect the future of Army Medicine and the Army over the next 10 to 20 years," Avery added.
The theme for the 2019 AUSA was "America's Army: Ready Now, Investing in the Future."