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AFRICOM Holds Command Surgeon’s Conference
"The opportunity to get everyone together in one room is paramount to the success of our command."
STUTTGART, Germany (Aug. 24, 2016) -- Participants of the U.S. Africa Command's Surgeon's conference held 24-26 Aug. pose for a photo on Kelley Barracks. Entitled "Strength Through Health," the conference allowed participants to discuss ways to leverage capabilities of all partners, including international and interagency, on the African continent to deliver health services to U.S. and combined forces. (Official Dept. of Defense photo by Jason D. Johnston/RELEASED)
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Photo 1 of 4: STUTTGART, Germany (Aug. 24, 2016) -- Participants of the U.S. Africa Command's Surgeon's conference held 24-26 Aug. pose for a photo on Kelley Barracks. Entitled "Strength Through Health," the conference allowed participants to discuss ways to leverage capabilities of all partners, including international and interagency, on the African continent to deliver health services to U.S. and combined forces. (Official Dept. of Defense photo by Jason D. Johnston/RELEASED) Download full-resolution version
STUTTGART, Germany (Aug. 24, 2016) -- U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Crowe, U.S. Special Operations Command Africa's deputy surgeon, addresses participants during the U.S. Africa Command's Surgeon's Conference on Aug. 24. Entitled "Strength Through Health," the conference allowed participants to discuss ways to leverage capabilities of all partners, including international and interagency, on the African continent to deliver health services to U.S. and combined forces. (Official Dept. of Defense photo by Jason D. Johnston/RELEASED)
4 photos: United States Africa Command Image
Photo 2 of 4: STUTTGART, Germany (Aug. 24, 2016) -- U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Crowe, U.S. Special Operations Command Africa's deputy surgeon, addresses participants during the U.S. Africa Command's Surgeon's Conference on Aug. 24. Entitled "Strength Through Health," the conference allowed participants to discuss ways to leverage capabilities of all partners, including international and interagency, on the African continent to deliver health services to U.S. and combined forces. (Official Dept. of Defense photo by Jason D. Johnston/RELEASED) Download full-resolution version
STUTTGART, Germany (Aug. 24, 2016) -- U.S. Navy Cmdr. Byron Wiggins of U.S. Africa Command's Surgeon's Office, addresses participants during AFRICOM's Surgeon's Conference on Aug. 24 at Kelley Barracks. Entitled "Strength Through Health," the conference allowed participants to discuss ways to leverage capabilities of all partners, including international and interagency, on the African continent to deliver health services to U.S. and combined forces. (Official Dept. of Defense photo by Jason D. Johnston/RELEASED)
4 photos: United States Africa Command Image
Photo 3 of 4: STUTTGART, Germany (Aug. 24, 2016) -- U.S. Navy Cmdr. Byron Wiggins of U.S. Africa Command's Surgeon's Office, addresses participants during AFRICOM's Surgeon's Conference on Aug. 24 at Kelley Barracks. Entitled "Strength Through Health," the conference allowed participants to discuss ways to leverage capabilities of all partners, including international and interagency, on the African continent to deliver health services to U.S. and combined forces. (Official Dept. of Defense photo by Jason D. Johnston/RELEASED) Download full-resolution version
STUTTGART, Germany (Aug. 24, 2016) -- Representatives from U.S. Africa Command, AFRICOM component commands, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, and other U.S. military, interagency, and partner organizations participated in AFRICOM's Surgeon's Conference at Kelley Barracks on Aug. 24. Entitled "Strength Through Health," the conference allowed participants to discuss ways to leverage capabilities of all partners, including international and interagency, on the African continent to deliver health services to U.S. and combined forces. (Official Dept. of Defense photo by Jason D. Johnston/RELEASED)
4 photos: United States Africa Command Image
Photo 4 of 4: STUTTGART, Germany (Aug. 24, 2016) -- Representatives from U.S. Africa Command, AFRICOM component commands, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, and other U.S. military, interagency, and partner organizations participated in AFRICOM's Surgeon's Conference at Kelley Barracks on Aug. 24. Entitled "Strength Through Health," the conference allowed participants to discuss ways to leverage capabilities of all partners, including international and interagency, on the African continent to deliver health services to U.S. and combined forces. (Official Dept. of Defense photo by Jason D. Johnston/RELEASED) Download full-resolution version
STUTTGART, Germany (Aug. 24, 2016) -- Participants of the U.S. Africa Command's Surgeon's conference held 24-26 Aug. pose for a photo on Kelley Barracks. Entitled "Strength Through Health," the conference allowed participants to discuss ways to leverage capabilities of all partners, including international and interagency, on the African continent to deliver health services to U.S. and combined forces. (Official Dept. of Defense photo by Jason D. Johnston/RELEASED)
STUTTGART, Germany (Aug. 24, 2016) -- U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Crowe, U.S. Special Operations Command Africa's deputy surgeon, addresses participants during the U.S. Africa Command's Surgeon's Conference on Aug. 24. Entitled "Strength Through Health," the conference allowed participants to discuss ways to leverage capabilities of all partners, including international and interagency, on the African continent to deliver health services to U.S. and combined forces. (Official Dept. of Defense photo by Jason D. Johnston/RELEASED)
STUTTGART, Germany (Aug. 24, 2016) -- U.S. Navy Cmdr. Byron Wiggins of U.S. Africa Command's Surgeon's Office, addresses participants during AFRICOM's Surgeon's Conference on Aug. 24 at Kelley Barracks. Entitled "Strength Through Health," the conference allowed participants to discuss ways to leverage capabilities of all partners, including international and interagency, on the African continent to deliver health services to U.S. and combined forces. (Official Dept. of Defense photo by Jason D. Johnston/RELEASED)
STUTTGART, Germany (Aug. 24, 2016) -- Representatives from U.S. Africa Command, AFRICOM component commands, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, and other U.S. military, interagency, and partner organizations participated in AFRICOM's Surgeon's Conference at Kelley Barracks on Aug. 24. Entitled "Strength Through Health," the conference allowed participants to discuss ways to leverage capabilities of all partners, including international and interagency, on the African continent to deliver health services to U.S. and combined forces. (Official Dept. of Defense photo by Jason D. Johnston/RELEASED)

The command surgeon’s office at U.S. Africa Command held a conference Aug. 24-26 at Kelley Barracks to discuss ways to leverage capabilities of all partners, including international and interagency, on the African continent to deliver health services to U.S. and combined forces.

Representatives from AFRICOM’s component commands, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, and other U.S. military, interagency, and partner organizations attended the event.

“The opportunity to get everyone together in one room is paramount to the success of our command,” said Col. George Appenzeller, AFRICOM command surgeon. “Our goal is to protect and care for service members and families and this event helps us to do so.”

According to  Cmdr. Byron Wiggins of AFRICOM surgeon’s office, one way that this conference differed from similar events hosted by the surgeon’s office was the inclusion of working groups that focused on several topics, to include the integration of capabilities between the different military branches and patient movement.

Another working group focused on international partnerships and European partners such as Spain and France attended the conference and participated in the group.

“Developing international partnerships and close working relationships between our international partners and our components is key to making sure that we limit risk to our service members,” Appenzeller said.

The conference and other meetings like it pave the way for new solutions to complex medical problem sets, Appenzeller said.

While this was the initial meeting for these groups, Wiggins said the discussions were productive.

“It provides a roadmap for a way forward,” he said. “In the end it’s all about taking care of the forces on the ground.”

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