Strengthening Medical Readiness to Support the Total Force at Operational Medicine Symposium

Strengthening Medical Readiness to Support the Total Force at Operational Medicine Symposium, occurring on January 23-24, 2019 in San Diego, CA.

San Diego, CA, December 14, 2018 --( In response to the need for all service members to invest in readiness tools and techniques and medical modernization resources to create capabilities to enhance and support warfighter’s needs on the battlefield, DSI will host the Operational Medicine Symposium on January 23-24, 2019.

Defense Strategies Institute’s Operational Medicine Symposium will take place at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center in San Diego, California. This educational forum will offer attendees the unique opportunity to convene with highly regarded medical professionals stemming from all services for candid discussions on efforts to improve medical care at the point of injury.

The January 2019 symposium, comprised of 15 collaborative sessions focused on this year's theme of "Strengthening Medical Readiness to Support the Total Force."

Of these 15 sessions, there will be a one-of-a-kind Panel Discussion on battlefield medicine at the point of injury. This session will focus on the challenges faced by combat medics and corpsmen and the training, materiel, and tactics, techniques, and procedures necessary to improve the efficacy of battlefield medicine and reduce fatalities through continued excellence in medical care. Panelists will share unique insights into the challenges of battlefield medical care in operational environments and how partners from industry and government can help.

* Panel Moderator:
· Morris “Mo” Petitt, Sr. Program Manager for Operational Medicine, CACI International, Retired Independent Duty Corpsman, Navy Seal, and Medical Service Corps Officer

* Panelists:
· Command Sergeant Major Michael L. Gragg, Senior Enlisted Leader, USAMEDCOM
· Command Sergeant Major Uriah Popp, Senior Enlisted Leader, Womack Army Medical Center
· Master Chief Alberia Davis, Pacific Fleet Medical Master Chief

Additional Sessions include:

- Strategic Efforts to Improve Operational Medicine Across the Joint Force
Speaker: Rear Admiral Colin Chinn, USN, Joint Staff Surgeon, Joint Staff

- Advancing and Enabling Medical Readiness to Strengthen America’s Military
Speaker: MG Patrick Sargent, USA, Commanding General, Army Medical Department Center and School, Health Readiness Center of Excellence

- Increasing the Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Reliability of Healthcare Delivery Across the Air Force
Speaker: Maj. Gen. (Dr.) John Degoes, USAF, Commander 59th Medical Wing, Joint Base San Antonio

- Delivering High Quality Healthcare Across the Pacific
Speaker: RDML Paul Pearigen, USN, Commander, Navy Medicine West, Chief of the Navy Medical Corps

- Efforts to Deliver Vital Medical Capabilities to Support the Total Force
Speaker: BG Joseph A. Marsiglia, USAR, Assistant Surgeon General for Mobilization Readiness and Army Reserve Affairs, OTSG, Office of the Surgeon General, Deputy Commanding General, AR-MEDCOM

- Near and Long-term Medical R&D Initiatives to Enhance Combat Casualty Care and Survivability on the Battlefield
Speaker: Dr. George Ludwig, SES, Principal Assistant for Research and Technology, USAMRMC

- & more

Seating is limited. In order to allow for actionable discussion and dialogue amongst speaker and attendees, seating will be limited. Early registration ends next week. Register now to reserve your seat. Active military, government and state personnel attend for free.

Those interested in participating in the Operational Medicine Symposium can visit Defense Strategies Institute's website at

Anyone interested in learning more or sending questions, contact Morgan Colfax at, 201-266-0058.

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Defense Strategies Institute
Morgan Colfax