CENTCOM hosts symposium with international guests
by Capt. Sharief Fahmy
Col. Doug Robb, U.S. Central Command, command surgeon, hosted the biannual Central Region Medical Symposium at the Wyndham Harbour Island Hotel April 4 through 6.
The theme of the symposium was "Shaping Health Service Support and Medical Disaster Response across Central Command."
This major theater engagement activity was attended by military medical leaders from 27 nations. The symposium represented an opportunity for many nations and coalition partners to engage in key medical issues challenging the CENTCOM area of responsibility.
Lt. Gen. Lance L. Smith, U. S. Central Command, deputy commander, welcomed the attendees during the opening ceremonies, and Ellen Embrey, deputy assistant secretary of defense, Force Health Protection & Readiness, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, gave the keynote address on the Department of Defense Force Health Protection policies.
The symposium hosted several flag officers including: Maj. Gen. Charles B. Green, 59th Medical Wing commander, Wilford Hall Medical Center; Maj. Gen. Hijazi, Director, Jordanian Royal Medical Service; Maj. Gen. Farrag, Egyptian Military Medical Command; Maj. Gen. Seir, Pakistan Military, deputy surgeon general; Brig. Gen. Mayabi, Kenyan Army Medical Command; Brig. Gen. El-Sayed, Egypt; Brig. Gen. Quaran, Jordan and Brig. Gen. Annette Sobel, Director, Intelligence, USANG.
Events of this nature afford a unique opportunity to build international relationships and learn from our counterparts from around the globe. This year's symposium was a resounding success and included presentations on disaster response, the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami, military service transformation in response to the Global War on Terrorism, water security and combat trauma system development.