Archives for August 6, 2005

Marine Corps News -> Preventive medicine keeps air wing in the fight


AL ASAD, Iraq – (Aug. 6, 2005) — For the past 230 years, the Marine Corps has fought wars on foreign fronts in austere environments throughout the globe. The environmental changes experienced when deployed to a new clime and place bring unknown viruses and diseases. That, combined with less than ideal sanitary conditions can create havoc on a service members well being.

Today, the Navy has preventive health professionals who make it their mission to keep Marines and all service members free from preventable disease. Preventive medicine is giving the Marines of the forward deployed 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing the best gift they can have, the gift of health.

Preventive medicine is made up of a group of sailors from different units who work together to deal with public health issues. From checking the food is stored, cooked and served safely in the dining facilities to educating Marines on the dangers of heat injuries. This small collection of sailors helps ensure the combat readiness of the fighting forces here.

?We work to keep people healthy and reduce disease and non-battle injury rates in our fighting force,? said Cmdr. Sharon Wright, the environmental health officer for the forward deployed wing. ?We began with a healthy populous and through insect and vector control and good sanitation we have been able to keep our numbers of sick service members to a minimum.?

The sailors spend their days conducting inspections around the base. They ensure the safety and sanitation of more than 900 portable toilets, 660 shower units, 600 trash receptacles and countless living areas, food service installations and other locations around the base.

Navy Preventive Medicine, and more specifically the PM Techs (PMT’s) are the unsung heros of force protection. Prevention of Disease Non-Battle Injury (DNBI) requires attention to detail and command support, and ranges from food inspection to meds for endemic diseases (our recent disaster in Liberia illustrates what happens when it doesn’t work).

Here’s to the PMT’s!