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Navy Preventive Medicine Unit’s Forward Deployable Team Engages in Bold Alligator

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Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

Bold Alligator 2017 is a live joint training exercise that involves U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and partner nation forces. The purpose of this exercise is to improve naval interoperability for ashore and afloat commands by providing tactical-level training for amphibious operations.

The mission of the FDPMU team is to respond rapidly to environmental threats worldwide and provide public health services in theater settings. The multidisciplinary FDPMU team involved with Bold Alligator consisted of a preventive medicine doctor and multiple subject matter experts (SMEs) including an industrial hygienist, environmental health officer, entomologist, microbiologist and several preventive medicine technicians.

Participation in Bold Alligator 2017 gave the FDPMU team an opportunity to demonstrate their multidisciplinary capabilities on a large-scale platform. Upon arrival, the team was equipped with an array of field laboratory equipment and supplies, which enabled the team to identify various occupational and environmental hazards and threats of infectious diseases such as vector prevention, control and disease outbreaks.

In addition to participating in a variety of training scenarios highlighting the FDPMU’s unique capabilities, the team also provided advanced public health training to medical personnel from other units participating in Bold Alligator.

“Our team used every opportunity available to share our knowledge and expertise with the organic medical assets from Navy, Marine Corps and partner nation units participating in this exercise,” said Lt. Cmdr. Lucas Johnson, FDPMU officer in charge. “Exploring opportunities for improved interoperability with partner nations and improving the skill set of Navy corpsmen and preventive medicine technicians were the highlights of this exercise.”

For more information about NEPMU-2, visit http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/nepmu-2/Pages/default.aspx

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