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Deputy Command Surgeon USAREUR HQHeadquarters visits MMCCMultinational Medical Coordination Centre/EMCEuropean Medical Command

Deputy Command Surgeon USAREUR HQHeadquarters visits MMCCMultinational Medical Coordination Centre/EMCEuropean Medical Command

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Farewell visit to Koblenz – in the light of the forthcoming change of post of the Deputy Command Surgeon at the Headquarters of the United States Army in Europe (HQHeadquarters USAREUR) in Wiesbaden, Colonel Steve Birchfield visited the Multinational Medical Coordination Centre / European Medical Command (MMCCMultinational Medical Coordination Centre/EMCEuropean Medical Command) at the Rhine Barracks in Koblenz.

Two men greet each other with the elbow bump

In times of the Corona pandemic, the future Deputy Command Surgeon at HQHeadquarters USAREUR, Colonel Dennis Sarmiento, and the Director MMCCMultinational Medical Coordination Centre/EMCEuropean Medical Command, Brigadier (MC) Dr Stefan Kowitz, greet each other with the elbow bump

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Together with his successor, Colonel Dennis Sarmiento, and Jason Reisler, the Chief of Global Health Engagement at HQHeadquarters USAREUR, he obtained a picture of the current situation and mission of MMCCMultinational Medical Coordination Centre/EMCEuropean Medical Command.

Colonel Birchfield also used the visit for bidding a personal farewell to Brigadier, Medical Corps, Dr Stefan Kowitz. Both Senior Medical Service Officers have worked together closely and trustingly in recent years and have regularly exchanged expertise.

The visit gave the new Deputy Command Surgeon the opportunity to introduce himself to Brigadier (MC) Dr Kowitz shortly after arriving in Germany and after his mandatory quarantine.

Corona pandemic in the focus

During a two-hour briefing to familiarize Sarmiento with the organisational structure and tasks of MMCCMultinational Medical Coordination Centre/EMCEuropean Medical Command, common intersections were identified. In particular, the professional exchange on the handling of the corona pandemic was in the focus.

Both, Brigadier (MC) Dr Kowitz and Colonel Sarmiento underlined their intent to further intensify the cooperation between HQHeadquarters USAREUR and MMCCMultinational Medical Coordination Centre/EMCEuropean Medical Command in the future.

by Madelaine Schillerwein

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