Medical Command

Image of Medical Command soldierImage of Medical Command logoThe U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) is a direct reporting unit of the U.S. Army that provides command and control of the Army's fixed-facility medical, dental, and veterinary ​treatment facilities, providing preventive care, medical research and development and training institutions.​

In garrison (peacetime)

MEDCOM maintains day-to-day health care for soldiers, retired soldiers and the families of both. Despite the wide range of responsibilities involved in providing health care in traditional settings, as well as on the battlefield, quality of care compares very favorably with that of civilian health organizations, when measured by civilian standards, according to findings of the DoD's Civilian External Peer Review Program (CEPRP). Many Army medical facilities report on their own quality-of-care standards on their individual website.

Deployments

When Army field hospitals deploy, most clinical professional and support personnel come from MEDCOM's fixed facilities. In addition to support of combat operations, deployments can be for humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping, and other stability and support operations. Under the Professional Officer Filler System (PROFIS), up to 26 percent of MEDCOM physicians and 43 percent of MEDCOM nurses are sent to field units during a full deployment. To replace PROFIS losses, Reserve units and Individual Mobilization Augmentees (non-unit reservists) are mobilized to work in medical treatment facilities. The department also provides trained medical specialists to the Army's combat medical units, which are assigned directly to combatant commanders.

The Colorado Army National Guard's MEDCOM is located at Buckley AFB in Aurora. You can reach them directly by calling 720-250-1953.​​​


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​The Colorado National Guard provides helicopter medical transportation to from the Denver International Airport to local hospitals, and command and control of the aircraft from the CONG's Joint Operations Center in Centennial, Colorado, during the National Disaster Medical System exercise held Aug. 17, 2016.
(U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Maj. Darin Overstreet)
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​The Colorado National Guard provides helicopter medical transportation to from the Denver International Airport to local hospitals, and command and control of the aircraft from the CONG's Joint Operations Center in Centennial, Colorado, during the National Disaster Medical System exercise held Aug. 17, 2016.

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