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Capabilities on display | 3rd Medical Battalion establishes Role II facilities

By Lance Cpl. Mark Fike, 3rd Marine Logistics Group

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U.S. Navy corpsmen prepare the RadPRO X-ray machine during the capabilities display Nov. 27, 2018 at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. The RadPRO is a portable machine that allows medical staff to conduct X-rays on injured service members after suffering injuries in the field. Sailors with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, established a Role II capabilities display to give service members the opportunity to view their deployable field facilities and employment. Role II facilities give Sailors the ability to offer ultrasound, X-ray, surgery and dental while providing a place for injured service members to be treated. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mark Fike)
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U.S. Navy Lt. Brian May supervised the daily operations of the Role II capabilities display Nov. 26-30, 2018 at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. Sailors with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, established a Role II capabilities display to give service members the opportunity to view their full facilities. Role II facilities give Sailors the ability to offer ultrasound, X-ray, surgery and dental while providing a place for injured service members to be treated. May, the officer in charge of the Role II capabilities display, 3rd Medical Bn., 3rd MLG, is a native of Visalia, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mark Fike)
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U.S. Navy Lt. Sarah Jones prepares to teach a course on entomology surveillance during the capabilities display Nov. 29, 2018 at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. Entomology surveillance requires preventive medicine technicians to search equipment and buildings for insects, bacteria and reptiles that pose threats to service members. Sailors with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, established a Role II capabilities display to give service members the opportunity to view their full facilities. Preventive medicine technicians displayed and offered courses on their food and water sanitation tests, snake relocation and entomology surveillance capabilities. Jones, the officer in charge of Preventive Medicine with 3rd Medical Bn., 3rd MLG, is a native of Pasadena, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mark Fike)
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U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Marvin Maizano handles a habu snake during a preventive medicine course as part of a capabilities display Nov. 29, 2018 at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. The preventive medicine snake relocation course allowed Sailors to practice relocating reptiles from areas where they pose a threat. Sailors with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, established a Role II capabilities display to give service members the opportunity to view their full facilities. Preventive medicine technicians displayed and gave courses on their food and water sanitation tests, snake relocation and entomology surveillance capabilities. Maizano, a corpsman with 3rd Medical Bn., 3rd MLG, is a native of Dededo, Guam. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mark Fike)
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U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class John Bustamante handles a habu snake during a preventive medicine course as part of a capabilities display Nov. 29, 2018 at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. The preventive medicine snake relocation course allowed Sailors to practice safely relocating reptiles from areas where they pose a threat. Sailors with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, established a Role II capabilities display to give service members the opportunity to view their full facilities. Preventive medicine technicians displayed and offered courses on their food and water sanitation test, snake relocation and entomology surveillance capabilities. Bustamante, a corpsman with 3rd Medical Bn., 3rd MLG, is a native of Killeen, Texas. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mark Fike)
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U.S. Navy medical officers with the Preventive Medical Team (PMT) demonstrate the functions of the Wet Bulb Globe Thermometer (WBGT) to Japanese service members during the capabilities display Nov. 28, 2018 at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. The WBGT gives service members the ability to accurately measure wind speed, humidity and temperature. Sailors with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, established a Role II capabilities display to give service members the opportunity to view their full facilities. The PMT displayed and offered courses on their food and water sanitation test, snake relocation and entomology surveillance capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mark Fike)
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U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Ottino, left, and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Damian Garcia, right, simulate surgery on a patient during the capabilities display Nov. 27, 2018 at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. Sailors with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, established a Role II capabilities display to give service members the opportunity to view their full facilities. Role II facilities give Sailors the ability to offer ultrasound, X-ray, surgery and dental while providing a place for injured service members to be treated. Ottino, a general surgeon with 3rd Medical Bn., 3rd MLG, is a native of Roseville, California. Garcia, a corpsman with 3rd Medical Bn., 3rd MLG, is a native of Greenacres, Florida. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mark Fike)
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U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Steve Jaszkowiak prepares for simulated surgery during the capabilities display Nov. 27, 2018 at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. Sailors with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, established a Role II capabilities display to give service members the opportunity to view their full facilities. Role II facilities give Sailors the ability to offer ultrasound, X-ray, surgery and dental while providing a place for injured service members to be treated. Jaszkowiak, an anesthesiologist with 3rd Medical Bn., 3rd MLG, is a native of Middleton, Idaho. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mark Fike)

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan— When Sailors and Marines come together they can take a large empty field and, in a day of hard work, transform it into a medical field hospital complete with camouflage netting, medical and utilities equipment that can provide necessary life-saving functions within field environments.

 The medical field hospital, known as Role II, was on display Nov. 26-30, 2018 at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan so that 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group Marines and Sailors could demonstrate their knowledge and proficiency of successfully deploying and employing a Role II facility.

 Service members with 3rd Medical Bn. wanted to show the leaders of III Marine Expeditionary Force the broad capabilities of their Role II facilities, said Lt. Brain May, the officer in charge of the Role II Capabilities Display with 3rd Medical Bn., 3rd MLG.

“This is a large set up. We have nine tents not including our utilities tents, and we have lots of camouflage netting that all adds up to 23,000 pounds of equipment not including the utilities equipment,” said May. “We started set up yesterday at 7:30 a.m. and despite some bumps in the road we completed it at about 6:00 p.m. yesterday, and I couldn’t be happier.”

The Role II medical field hospital is designed to provide emergency care including, shock trauma care, emergency surgeries and laboratory work. The 3rd Medical Bn. is the only unit inside III MEF with this Role II capability.

 Each day, different displays demonstrated the abilities of the surgeons, shock trauma care and Preventive Medicine.

 The preventive medicine technicians, participants in the Role II capabilities display, were offering courses on water purification, food sanitation testing, entomology surveillance, vehicle inspections and snake relocation to medical personnel from other service branches, Japanese service members and civilians.

“This week, Preventive Medicine has brought together multi-service, public health practitioners across Okinawa to share training and experiences specifically as they relate to operational Navy Preventative Medicine in the INDOPACOM [area of responsibility],” said Lt. Sarah Jones, the environmental health officer with 3rd Medical Bn., 3rd MLG.

 May said, he is ecstatic with how the Sailors and Marines performed in the set-up and execution of the Role II display.