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NEWS | Aug. 21, 2014

METC transitions under the Defense Health Agency

By Lisa Braun METC Public Affairs

The Medical Education and Training Campus at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston has realigned under the new Education and Training Directorate of the Defense Health Agency.

METC officially became part of the DHA at initial operational capability for the E&T Directorate Aug. 10. The DHA is a combat support agency of the Department of Defense responsible for the tri-service alignment of many healthcare activities and services.

"I am thrilled at the opportunity this realignment affords METC and the other shared services that are part of this effort," said Rear Adm. William Roberts, METC commandant and director of the DHA E&T Directorate.

Among significant changes following IOC, METC civilian staff will transition to DOD civilian status and the program directors and service leads will align under the METC headquarters instead of their individual services in order to become more functional within the academics department.

The METC commandant will also remain "dual hatted" as the DHA E&T director.

"The METC move under the E&T Directorate of the DHA, together with the Defense Medical Readiness Institute and the Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute, will serve to create a standardized shared service for education and training that will become the blueprint for high value education and training across the Military Health System enterprise," Roberts explained.

"I applaud the support and flexibility of the entire METC team as we maneuver this change and forge our vision for moving METC forward."