WIESBADEN, Germany – Military medical commanders met at U.S. Army Europe headquarters for the first Unified Medical Planning Conference, April 21.
Military medical professionals from nine partner nations discussed how to coincide medical operations throughout Europe.
“It’s aimed at all the key NATO players in the European area and to get them all on the same page in terms of medical operations and medical planning,” explained Maj. Evette Barnes, medical operations officer at U.S. Army Europe.
This is the first conference being held between all the medical staff in Europe that concerns with a specific purpose that will benefit everyone, Barnes said.
“From a NATO perspective we meet all the time,” explained Barnes. “However, for this purpose this is the first time we tackled it in this perspective. Every country has their own way of doing things and we are just trying to get on the same sheet of music.”
The bigger picture for this and possible future conferences is different nations working as one instead of as individual nations.
“Currently, as far as NATO is concerned, medical is a national responsibility,” Barnes said. “But we can do better if we do things together, and that is what this is looking at. While it will assist in the conferences, it’s going to assist in the bigger picture as how we operate as an alliance.”
Many medical meetings deal with clinic guidelines for military medical clinics. This is the first where medical professionals gathered to go over European and American military medical operations in the European theater.
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