DVIDS – News – Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville Establishes Expedition Medical Facility – Mike

Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) – Mike establishes command in a ceremony today at Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Jacksonville. The ceremony formally recognizes EMF-Mike as a standalone Echelon V command.

The Command Establishment Ceremony is a time-honored maritime tradition that formally announces the assumption of Command’s responsibilities and authority to officers and personnel of the Command.

During the ceremony, Capt. Sharon House, Commander, NMRTC Jacksonville and Director, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, EMF – Mike’s First Commander, Capt. Randy Panke. Panke, a Medical Service Corps officer from Oviedo, Florida, recently served as commander of the 2nd Medical Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

“I am honored to take the helm of Expeditionary Medical Facility – Mike,” said Panke. “The sailors of this unit are highly skilled and experienced, we will continue to train and be ready to deploy in support of our country’s Warfighters.”

Over the past two years, while operating under NMRTC Jacksonville, EMF-M personnel deployed 139 personnel to Task Force Southeast Vaccination Site Team-3, delivering 85,429 COVID-19 vaccinations to Jacksonville residents over 85 days, Florida as a defense support mission of the civil authorities in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State of Florida. EMF – Mike has also deployed two 35-strong Expeditionary Medical Unit (EMU) rotations, 9 and 12, to Erbil, Iraq. Deploy 72 providers and technicians across eight campaigns spanning six responsibilities, 18,000 deployment hours, COVID-19 pandemic response support, 4,312 refugee care and relocations, and healthcare for 1,100 Department of Defense personnel in support of Operation Allies Welcome.

Sailors assigned to EMF – Mike, as well as personnel from NH Jacksonville and NMRTC Jacksonville attended this important event.

NMRTC Jacksonville’s mission is to prepare service members for deployment in support of operational troops, deliver quality healthcare services, and shape the future of military medicine through education, training, and research.

Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville (based with Naval Hospital Jacksonville) supports the medical readiness of warfighters to deploy and the readiness of clinicians to save lives. NMRTC Jacksonville includes five units in Florida and Georgia. For more information, visit: https://jacksonville.tricare.mil.

Date taken: 09.23.2022
Date posted: 09.23.2022 09:29
Story ID: 429941

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