21st Signal Brigade
The 21st U.S. Army Signal Brigade is a subordinate command of 7th Signal Command (Theater). It was originally activated as the U.S. Army Information Systems Test Command at Fort Ritchie, Md., on July 6, 1988. It was re-designated the 1108th U.S. Army Signal Brigade on April 1, 1989. On September 14, 1998, the 1108th U.S. Army Signal Brigade headquarters relocated from Fort Ritchie to Fort Detrick as a result of the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Action (BRAC), and due to reorganization, was re-designated the 21st Signal Brigade on October 16, 2003. The Brigade conducts network operations for theater-based LandWarNet communication systems, networks, and enterprise services and provides information services support to generating forces and intergovernmental, interagency and civil authorities during full spectrum operations. The brigade's subordinate units are the 56th Signal Battalion, located at Fort Gordon, GA; and the 302d and 114th Signal Battalions, located at Fort Detrick.
302nd Signal Battalion
Provide and defend Global Network Enterprise Capabilities for the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, warfighting Combatant Commanders, the Military Services, and other Federal Agencies.
114th Signal Battalion
Provide and defend Network Operations for theater-based communications systems, networks, and enterprise services and Visual Information services enabling command and control for Department of Defense and National Military Command Center (Raven Rock Mountain Complex) during full spectrum operations
6th Medical Logistics Management Center
The 6th Medical Logistics Management Center (6MLMC) is a multi-component unit that provides centralized information management and logistics intelligence for medical materiel (Class VIII), medical equipment maintenance to deployed forces. The 6MLMC is subordinate to 44th Medical Command (Airborne) located at Fort Bragg, N.C., but is under the Administrative Control of the US Army MRMC.
The 6MLMC was established October 16, 2000, replacing the deactivated 6th Theater Medical Materiel Management Center. The 6MLMC is composed of a base unit (Headquarters) and presently two teams capable of forward deployment in support of the COCOMS. The base unit links theater Class VIII commodity requirements with sourcing and distribution systems to get medical supplies and equipment into the theater. These forward teams provide total asset and in-transit visibility for the medical commodity, both in the operational theater and en route to the deployed theater. The 6MLMC Forward Teams are continually and fully engaged in supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom since 2001.
In addition, the 6MLMC integrates and coordinates strategic medical logistics actions between the theater(s) and the service agencies responsible for medical logistics: U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, Europe, Air Force Medical Logistics Office, Naval Medical Logistics Command, Defense Logistics Agency and Defense Supply Center, Philadelphia.
The 6MLMC's responsibilities include reviewing and analyzing demands and computing theater medical commodity requirements; evaluating the workload, capabilities, and asset positions of supported medical logistics battalions; directing cross-leveling of workload or resources to achieve capability and maximum efficiency; implementing the use of standard Army maintenance information systems for field medical units, and assisting in the sourcing and procurement of Class VIII support items within the continental United States.
53rd Signal Battalion
The 53rd Signal Battalion, formerly 1st Satellite Control Battalion (SATCON), represents not only the growth in the importance of space and space-related products of the Army, but also the continuing growth of the U.S. Army Space And Missile Defense Command as it normalizes space support to the warfighter.
The first Wideband Satellite Operations Center, now operated by 53rd Signal Battalion, was built in 1981-82 at Fort Detrick. Over the last 25 years, Soldiers have pioneered the control techniques that are implemented hundreds of times each day by the battalion's Soldiers.
The 53rd provides continuous, reliable, robust, worldwide communications support to U.S. warfighting forces, strategic military users, the U.S. intelligence community and the National Command Authority via the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) and Wideband Global Satellite (WGS).
The company is responsible for the daily command and control of the DSCS using large earth terminal ground stations.
Air Force Medical Operations Agency - Air Force Medical Logistics Division
The mission of the Air Force Medical Logistics Division, of the Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA/SGAL), plans, programs, and provides AF medical expeditionary capabilities to support the national security strategy. Defines and executes health care policy for 42K personnel at 75 MTFs with a $5.4B budget. Ensures a cost effective, patient centered, and prevention based health care continuum for 2.1M beneficiaries worldwide. Builds strategic partnerships w/DoD/ASD(HA), VA, federal agencies, academia, and allied medical services.
Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA)- Expeditionary Medical Skills Division
The Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA)- Expeditionary Medical Skills Division (ASMOA/SG3XS) reports to the Assistant Surgeon General, Healthcare Operations, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General. Its mission is to establish policy and guidance for global medical support training, exercises and personnel deployment planning requirements; orchestrate resources necessary to accomplish medical readiness training; perform as the active component subject matter experts for development and management of medical readiness information systems; and to act as the Air Force/Surgeon General's consultant to the modeling and simulation community to predict the resource demands of deployed personnel.
AFMSA/SGPX collaborates with numerous organizations and resources to meet their mission. These resources include the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, the acquisition community, major air commands, joint medical readiness planners, Air Force Surgeon General clinical consultants, and the Air Force modeling, simulation and analysis community.
AFMSA/SGPX also works closely with the DMSB to establish Joint Service policies governing casualty management and standardization of medical material assets.
Air Force Medical Evaluation
The Air Force Medical Evaluation Support Activity (AFMESA), a division of the Air Force Medical Support Agency, is dedicated to advancing Air Force health care through independent operational testing of medical technologies and information systems. With a local staff of 20 personnel, AFMESA operates from a 14-acre compound in Area B that includes a dedicated test ten-bed Expeditionary Medical Support (EMEDS+10) hospital and a 44,000-square-foot gravel test pad. The AFMESA main desk can be reached at301-619-8600.
The Chemical Biological Medical Systems (CBMS) Joint Project Management Office (JPMO), one of eight JPMOs under the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense provides Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved prophylactics, diagnostics and therapeutics to ensure the survival of U.S. Warfighters against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. CBMS' vision is to protect the Warfighter by maintaining uncontested global supremacy in CBRN medical countermeasure development and delivery. CBMS is responsible for two joint product management offices, the Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program (JVAP), and the Medical Identification and Treatment Systems (MITS). JVAP's mission is to develop, produce, and stockpile FDA licensed vaccine systems to protect the Warfighter from biological agents. MITS is responsible for the development and acquisition of safe, effective, and FDA approved products for prophylaxis, treatment, and diagnosis of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear warfare agent exposure.
The 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion conducts combined arms reconnaissance and security operations as part of a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) to establish a designated secure area, provide combat information, reaction time, and maneuver space. On order, it conducts combined arm offensive and defensive economy of force operations to preserve the combat power of the MAGTF.
Consolidated Customer Service Center
The Consolidated Customer Service Center (CCSC) is responsible for all Tier 1 Call Center Services and Incident Management for the Pentagon's Information Technology Agency (ITA) and other Department of Defense organizations in the National Capital Region on a 24 x 7 x 365 basis. They provide situational awareness to key management personnel and users of the Pentagon's Enterprise IT infrastructure. Additionally, the CCSC provides support for the call center operations of the Defense Continuity Integrated Network/Pentagon Continuity Information System. This system ensures the availability of mission critical information for command and control operations. The CCSC also provides support to Army Knowledge Online-Siprnet (AKO-S) customers worldwide as part of the Army Enterprise Service Desk.
For more information, call 301-619-0400.
Defense Contract Management Agency/DCMA Baltimore
The Fort Detrick Defense Contract Management Agency is located in Building S-11 at 10 Porter Street,
Suite 105. The mission of DCMA Baltimore is to provide acquisition and focused logistics support to America's armed forces in peace and war around-the-clock, around-the-world. For more information call, 301-619-4754.
The Integrated Clinical Systems (ICS) Program Management Office Naval Medical Logistics Command
The ICS centrally manages all imaging, image management, and major clinical systems which integrate with the DoD Electronic Medical Record.
Specific responsibilities include managing PACS, imaging, and teleradiology program initiatives, execution of the Technology Assessment and Requirements Analysis (TARA) program, and management of Information Assurance requirements for all medical devices.
Within ICS three subordinate product managers execute a patient-centric, system of systems approach to ensure timely delivery of affordable, sustainable, interoperable, and information assurance compliant capabilities in support of clinical requirements for fixed and deployed medical treatment facilities.
Joint Medical Logistics Functional
The mission of the Joint Medical Logistics Functional Development Center (JMLFDC) is to strengthen Joint Warfighter capabilities by developing, improving, and integrating tri-service medical logistics software in theater and garrison worldwide. JMLFDC designs, develops, tests, sustains, supports, and integrates service-wide medical logistics requirements for the following automated systems:
• Defense Medical Logistics (DML) Applications, which include Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support (DMLSS) used at more than 200 sites for all facets of medical logistics.
• DMLSS Customer Assistance Module (DCAM), which enables the front-line health care provider to quickly
identify and order medical supplies to treat the Warfighter.
• Theater Enterprise Wide Logistics System (TEWLS), which supports enterprise-level total life cycle
management of medical assemblages within a single shared data environment.
• Common User Database (CUD), which expands the avail ability of clinically verified treatment data for the medical community, as well as other government agencies, to
optimize each organization's ability to identify and
develop resource needs. CUD is a web based system that supports the Defense Medical Materiel Program Office's (DMMPO's) standardization mission.
These systems span the medical logistics enterprise of Soldier, Supply Chain, and Medical Treatment Facility (MTF), improving access, delivery time, and saving millions of dollars annually on pharmaceuticals, medical/surgical items, and equipment. Reengineering initiatives of the Electronic Commerce/Electronic Business tools have streamlined and optimized the business of medical logistics within the military health system. With a staff of over 250 military, civil service, and contractor personnel, JMLFDC supports the DML Automated Information Systems (AIS) with:
• Functional process improvements with special focus on modeling and simulation.
• Data and process models, which maintain the medical logistics functional architecture, and define functional requirements for all the DML AIS.
• Implementation plans, which identify opportunities for updates to the functional economic analysis for the
medical logistics service program managers, validate the DML AIS functional performance, and ensure compliance with directives governing functional activity program management.
JMLFDC is located at Fort Detrick in Frederick, MD to ensure functional activity program management initiatives are evolved, coordinated and tightly integrated with the applicable activities of the DMMPO, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, Naval Medical Logistics Command and the Air Force Medical Logistics Office.
Defense Medical Materiel Program Office
The Defense Medical Materiel Program Office (DMMPO), formerly known as the Defense Medical Standardization Board (DMSB), located at Fort Detrick, Maryland, is a joint activity under the direction, authority, and control of the Tricare Management Activity (TMA). Since its inception in 1945, the DMSB/DMMPO has been the focal point for medical materiel standardization within the Department of Defense (DoD). It supports DoD's medical readiness mission by enhancing inter-Service medical department cooperation, promoting interoperability, and providing a forum for joint clinical coordination of medical materiel issues. The DMMPO is supported by a diverse staff office comprised of clinicians, logisticians, pharmacists, information management, and support personnel representing all Services. The mission of the DMMPO is to recommend clinical, logistics, and program policy, as well as to support medical materiel development and acquisition processes across the four Services. The purpose of this mission is to promote standardized medical supplies and equipment, joint interoperability of operational medical capabilities, and efficiency in the acquisition and lifecycle management of medical materiel.
Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4)
Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) integrates, fields and supports a comprehensive medical information system, enabling lifelong electronic medical records, streamlined medical logistics and enhanced situational awareness for Army operational forces. By accomplishing this mission, MC4 is providing the Army's solution to presidential and congressional objectives, set-forth by Title 10 in 1997, which called for a medical tracking system for all deployed Service members.
MC4 is a ruggedized system-of-systems containing medical software packages fielded to tactical medical forces throughout the combat zone and in the United States. Comprised of joint software, commercial and government-off-the-shelf products, MC4 provides the tools needed to digitally record and transfer critical medical data from the foxhole to medical treatment facilities worldwide.
Deployable medical forces use the MC4 system to gain quick, accurate access to patient histories and forward casualty resuscitation information. The system also provides units with automated tools facilitating patient tracking, medical reporting and medical logistical support. Combatant commanders use the MC4 system to access medical surveillance information, resulting in enhanced medical situational awareness.
Most importantly, MC4 is helping deployed Service members. By equipping deployed medical units with automated resources, MC4 helps ensure Service members have a secure, accessible, lifelong electronic medical record, which results in better-informed health care providers and easier access to VA medical benefits.
With more than ten years of experience managing the DOD's first battlefield medical recording system, MC4 remains the most widely-used, comprehensive information management medical system on the battlefield. MC4's vision is to be the premier enabler for improved tactical health care and better decision making through the power of information technology.
The Army's Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), Fort Belvoir, Va., oversees the MC4 Product Management Office headquartered at Fort Detrick, Md.
National Cancer Institute at Frederick
NCI-Frederick partners with university, government, and corporate scientists to speed the translation of laboratory research into new diagnostic tests and treatments for cancer and AIDS.
With a unique array of advanced technologies, NCI-Frederick is bridging the gap between discovery and healthcare delivery. We focus on projects that cannot be effectively achieved by other means. We assess research for its value to patients. We accelerate the development of new technologies and prototype treatments for patients. We also pave the way for new advances to enter clinical trials for testing, approval, and delivery to patients via the commercial sector.
National Center for Medical Intelligence
The mission of the National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI) is to prepare integrated intelligence on health threats and other medical intelligence issues to protect U.S. interests worldwide.
NCMI, formerly known as the Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center (AFMIC), was designated a national center on 2 July 2008 in recognition of the growth in its roles and responsibilities that had been under way for several years, including expanded partnerships beyond the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.
NCMI is a field production activity of the Defense Intelligence Agency and produces a number of analytic products to support customers at all levels, from the warfighter to senior policymakers.
Key customers include the White House, the Assistant Secretaries of Defense for Health Affairs and Homeland Defense and others in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Combatant Commands.
Assessments, forecasts, and databases are prepared on environmental health risks, homeland health protection, infectious disease risks, military and civilian medical systems, and medical science and technology.
For additional information, contact NCMI Operations at (301) 619-7574.
Research at NCI-Frederick includes:
• Basic research into the fundamental biologic nature of
cancer, cancer genetics, how tumors form, progress, and metastasize, and how they can be prevented and treated;
• Investigation of the role that unique viral agents, their components or products may play in human cancer;
• Basic and translational research in retro virology,
including the study of viral populations and dynamics, mechanisms of genetic variation, drug resistance and development of new strategies for combating HIV/AIDS;
• Studies on the biology of cancer relating to potential for immunotherapy, chemotherapy, and pharmacogenetic
• Development, evaluation and production of natural
products as chemotherapies for human cancer and HIV/AIDS;
• Development and evaluation of rapid, sensitive tests to screen for, detect, and monitor cancer and AIDS;
• Mechanism-of-action studies of environmental chemicals that are known or suspected carcinogens;
• Programs in environmental protection to establish
effective standards of chemical and biological safety;
• Applied research for anti-tumor and antiviral drug design, discovery, development, and production;
• Application of computational and modeling methods and supercomputing technology to understand the structure and function of biological molecules;
• Research on mammalian genome organization and
• Basic research into signaling pathways that control
cellular growth, differentiation, gene expression, and embryonic development;
• Analysis of patients' samples in support of Phase I and II clinical studies;
• Expansion and maintenance of a repository of clinical samples for cancer epidemiology studies;
• Basic studies using macromolecular crystallography to gain insights into structure, assembly, and function of bio molecules.
Naval Medical Logistics Command
The Naval Medical Logistics Command (NAVMEDLOGCOM) is an echelon four command under the Navy Medicine Support Command (NMSC), Jacksonville, FL. NAVMEDLOGCOM has three Areas of Responsibility under its command, the Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity located at Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, VA, the Navy Expeditionary Medical Support Command located at Cheatham Annex,
Williamsburg, VA, and the NAVMEDLOGCOM Pirmasens Germany Detachment.
NAVMEDLOGCOM is the center of logistics expertise for Navy Medicine, designing, executing and administering individualized state-of-the-art solutions to meet customer's medical material and healthcare needs. Headquartered at Fort Detrick, Md., NAVMEDLOGCOM supports the Department of the Navy with acquisition and logistics systems training, healthcare services strategies, operational forces support, medical equipment and logistics solutions, acquisition management, deployable platforms and eyewear fabrication. NAVMEDLOGCOM has formal agreements with the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard to provide medical logistics and materiel management information and medical mobilization planning assistance. In addition, NAVMEDLOGCOM has responsibility as technical manager of the Navy's direct healthcare services contracting program.
NAVMEDLOGCOM is comprised of six directorates.
The Operational Forces Support Directorate provides medical and dental materiel management, logistical support, and consulting support to active Naval operating force units within U.S. Fleet Forces Command and to the shipbuilding Program Executive Office's for platforms in pre-commissioning and overhaul status. Contact: NMLC-OFS@med.navy.mil.
The Navy Expeditionary Medical Logistics Program is chartered to acquire and maintain expeditionary deployable medical platforms as Advanced Base Functional Components to support the Fleet and the Fleet Marine Force. Contact: NMLC-EML@med.navy.mil.
The Acquisition Management Directorate is the heart of the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) contracting program. The directorate is made up of a dedicated professional staff of contracting officers and negotiators, specializing in executing contracts for medical services, medical supplies, and equipment for the Fleet, Fleet Hospitals, and Medical Treatment Facilities worldwide. Contact: NMLC-ProcurementMgmt@med.navy.mil.
The Healthcare Services Strategies Directorate has served as a focal point for Navy healthcare contracting analysis, BUMED healthcare data reporting, requirements development, and lessons learned. Further, the directorate keeps pace with healthcare industry trends and provides a consultative service for customers advising on all forms of alternative healthcare delivery and advocating best business practices. Contact: NMLCHealthcareemail@example.com.
The Medical Equipment and Logistics Solution Directorate (MELS) ensures technical support and management of equipment programs having Navy-wide medical and dental applications. MELS manages BUMED's OP,DHP and O&M,DHP equipment programs and provides biomedical and clinical engineering technical support and assistance for all equipment procurement programs. Contact: NMLC-MELS@med.navy.mil.
The Navy's Senior Service Representative (NSSR) is responsible for coordinating, communicating, and representing the Naval Medical Department's logistics input, position, and policy pertaining to the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support, Wide Area Work Flow, and Standard Procurement System. The NSSR represents Navy interests on various tri-service logistics and IT boards and councils. Contact: NMLC-NSSR@med.navy.mil. http://www-nmlc.med.navy.mil/
Technology Applications Office
The Technology Applications Office (TAO) is a functionally integrated, task force organization designed to provide centralized, life-cycle management, engineering, fielding, and operation of information management programs supporting Headquarters, Department of the Army-approved missions. TAO also provides operational support in identifying, developing, testing, and evaluating emerging technologies for interoperability and integration into information management equipment and systems.
Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)
The Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) performs medical reconnaissance and special operations to address critical gaps that are underrepresented in DoD medical research programs. TATRC is an office of the headquarters of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). TATRC fosters research on health informatics, telemedicine/m-Health, medical training systems, and computational biology, and promotes and manages science and engineering in other key portfolios. Through an extensive network of partners, TATRC is focused at both ends of the research spectrum, exploring models of high risk and innovative research, and putting research findings into the hands of warfighters while looking toward wider civilian utility. TATRC augments core medical research programs through special funding and partnership opportunities.
Additional information concerning TATRC's collaborative research efforts and partnerships can be found on the website at: www.TATRC.org or by calling TATRC's Public Affairs & Marketing Office at: 301-619-7927.
15 Major Scientific Portfolios
TATRC focuses mainly on bridging gaps in technology areas that are critical to health care requirements across a broad spectrum, and are addressed through the following research portfolios and new initiatives.
• Acoustic Trauma
Added in May 2009, Acoustic Trauma was established in response to the marked increase in Hearing loss, Tinnitus and Balance disorders amongst military service members returning from current conflicts. The focus of the portfolio is a collaborate multidisciplinary effort with scientists, engineers and industry to provide short and long term solutions for the military. Current areas of focus include hearing/ear blast protection, medical treatment of acoustic trauma, objective measurement of tinnitus, tinnitus treatment, hearing and vestibular rehabilitation. Emphasis is on practical solutions to directly benefit the war fighter, but all areas of acoustic trauma with ultimate benefit to military, it's veterans and beneficiaries are of interest.
• Advanced Prosthetics and Human Performance
Projects under this portfolio explore advanced prosthetics, orthotics, and other assistive devices, treatments, and interventions for patients with major limb amputations, fractures, and other orthopedic-related injuries; it also includes efforts for earliest adoption of proven technologies at DoD rehabilitation medicine centers.
• Biomonitoring Technologies
The Biomonitoring Technologies portfolio invests in the development and integration of systems and/or platforms of mobile technologies that will enable wireless and/or remote monitoring of a person's health and/or environment including but not limited to physiological status from the battlefield to the hospital to the home, a continuum of care. Advances in the science and engineering have enabled gathering of medical and/or environmental information through sensors and diagnostic tools and transmission of data through wireless technologies. The next step is to take advantage of these advancements by integrating these various technologies together and incorporating computer algorithms to develop decision support tools that will improve medical treatments, enhance first response, and/or mitigate risks. Thus, the vision is a suite of tools that will enable a provider to give an immediate and appropriate treatment and/or response, thereby improving health, clinical, and/or economic outcome. These tools may include point of care medical technologies as well as smart remote monitoring devices with built-in alerts and automated medical responses.
• Computational Biology
Computational Biology or Bioinformatics is the development and application of methods for analysis, interpretation, prediction and modeling of biological data. It was conceived at the crossroads of biology and computer science and impacts biotechnology, medicine and the society as a whole. A common thread in projects in this area is the use of mathematical tools to extract useful information from data produced by high-throughput biological techniques.
• Health Information Technologies
Advanced Information Technology Group (AITG) serves as the Military Health System's research arm for emerging and enabling healthcare information technologies and advanced clinical informatics. It manages a portfolio of about 50 Congressional Special Interest (SCI), Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), and TATRC augmentation funded projects which are typically awarded as grants or cooperative agreements.
• International Health
The International Health portfolio focuses on facilitating the development, evaluation and application of technologies that support a range of U.S. military health missions abroad. Tools and practices designed to strengthen austere medical networks and logistics systems, enhance mobile health data collection and management, enable remote medical diagnosis and treatment and improve detection and response to major health-related events and natural or human-caused disasters are key focus areas. A special emphasis is placed on the research and development of practical and sustainable technologies for low resource settings in support of humanitarian missions and other medical stability operations. International health collaborators include; other DOD organizations, relevant U.S. Departments and Agencies, Combatant Commands, experts in international health, technology developers, researchers and non-governmental organizations.
• Infectious Diseases
Protecting our War-fighters health by advancing technology for the prevention, detection and effective treatment of Infectious and Parasitic Disease. The goals include: To prevent our War-fighters from Infectious and Parasitic Disease exposure by developing safe and effective vaccines. To ensure protection from Infectious and Parasitic Disease to the War-fighter by creating technologies that can detect new and reemerging disease. To improve the quality of care of those inflicted
with an Infectious and Parasitic disease by indentifying the dynamics involved in disease emergence, prevention, and elimination.
• Medical Imaging Technologies
The Advanced Medical Imaging Portfolio at TATRC includes 32 unique projects currently under active management. These are divided into four distinct research areas: portable imaging and image guided therapeutics, advanced high performance imaging, computational methods and decision support in imaging, and optical/para-optical imaging techniques.
• Medical Logistics
The portfolio focuses on the application of transformational technologies that can be applied to core logistics systems and processes used to support operational medicine. These broad technology areas include enterprise-wide integration technologies; asset management and visibility; supply management; and energy, materials, transport and the environment.
• Medical Robotics
Medical Robotics is aimed at developing, adapting, and integrating technologies to treat patients in fixed and mobile medical facilities, as well as to locate, identify, assess, treat, and rescue battlefield casualties.
• Nanomedicine and Biomaterials
The Nanotechnology and Biomaterials Portfolio is focused on identifying novel developments in materials science and biomaterials that can improve drugs and devices for diagnosis and therapy of a broad range of medical conditions. Nanotechnology investigates the properties of matter which change at very small scales.
The neuroscience portfolio leverages the latest scientific achievements and emerging technologies in prevention, diagnosis, and therapy to improve warfighter protection, treatment and outcomes after the nervous system injuries such as traumatic brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerve injury as well as the neuropsychologic effects of war. Diverse projects in the portfolio employ newest advances in prevention, diagnostics, therapeutics and rehabilitation from ongoing research in the academic, industry and government sectors. This portfolio is tightly coordinated with the Combat Casualty Care research program and in support of the objectives and requirements of the Defense Center of Excellence for TBI and Psychological Health.
• Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative medicine (RM) is one of the new portfolios created in response to the current military medical needs to treat traumatically injured tissues resulting from combat or battlefield wounds. This young and promising field has already achieved early success in the regeneration of several tissues and organs for repair or replacement.
• Resilience and Reintegration
The Resilience and Reintegration portfolio includes studies investigating all aspects of physical and mental rehabilitation, resilience and reintegration. The overarching goals and objectives of the portfolio are: improving rehabilitation services to Service Members by investigating and developing therapeutic interventions and transitioning evidence based treatments and programs to the military medical facilities; improving the quality of life for Service Members by developing and implementing innovative assistive technologies; and developing tools and methods to accurately evaluate and rehabilitate, when possible, the successful return to duty of Service Members.
• Simulation and Training Technology
This portfolio's research includes four main categories - PC-Based Interactive Multimedia; Digitally Enhanced Mannequins; Part-Task Trainers; and Total Immersion Virtual Reality.
Further information about TATRC and its major Portfolios is available online at www.tatrc.org
For inquiries or more information, please contact:
The Public Affairs Office
Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center TATRC)
Fort Detrick, MD
Phone: (301) 619-7927
U.S. Army Center for Environmental
The U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research (USACEHR) conducts research to protect U.S. forces from environmental exposures to toxic industrial chemicals that may be present in the theater of operations. The USACEHR is also a leader in the development of alternative animal models and sentinel species for evaluating toxic hazards in water, air, and soil.
Currently, the USACEHR's Army-funded research is divided into two categories. The first category is the development of an Environmental Sentinel Biomonitor (ESB) system, which uses biologically-based sensors to evaluate drinking water for toxic threats. USACEHR's first ESB system was an automated fish biomonitor that has been transitioned to commercial production. This aquatic biomonitor has multiple applications, including monitoring groundwater treatment effluents from hazardous waste sites, and monitoring both source and product drinking water supplies of several large metropolitan areas nationwide. An ongoing research effort is aimed at developing new biological- based toxicity sensors that may be more easily deployed for military use and that are directed toward more demanding user requirements such as field drinking water production.
The second research category applies the disciplines of genomic, proteomic and systems biology approaches to developing new toxicity testing methods (toxicogenomics) and the identification of biomarkers of exposure, effect, and susceptibility to toxic industrial chemicals. USACEHR uses both in vitro mammalian cell culture models and alternative (non-mammalian) species - a historical strength of this laboratory. The alternative species models provide many advantages in genomic and proteomic research, including well-characterized models for study, reduced husbandry and animal maintenance costs, and gene functions that are highly conserved across species, including mammals. The comparison of gene function across species facilitates the identification of responses to toxic exposures and increases the likelihood that candidate biomarkers will be verified in higher vertebrates and humans. Verified and validated biomarkers of exposure will provide the basis for the development of diagnostics and for identifying physiological opportunities for protection of the Soldier.
USACEHR scientists collaborate with a variety of organizations, including other U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command research laboratories, the U.S. Army Public Health Command, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, municipalities, universities and industrial partners. Such collaboration promotes synergy and provides the Army with access to a broad range of research expertise and product development capabilities in support of our mission. Because our nation supports a large research and development base in the environmental sciences and chemical/biological defense, USACEHR is able to leverage new information and innovative products being developed in these other laboratories and institutions in support of military environmental health requirements.
The US Army Center for Environmental Health Research combines state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and an outstanding cadre of scientists dedicated to protecting Soldiers from the medical effects of toxic industrial chemicals and materials in the water, air, and soil. More information on our activities is available at http://usacehr.amedd.army.mil/
Headquaters, U.S. Army Garrison
The Headquarters, U.S. Army Garrison is the landlord of the installation and provides critical base operations support to Department of Defense and non-Department of Defense mission partners. Through its special and personal staff offices, the garrison provides public affairs support, legal advice, Chaplain services and Equal Employment programs, internal review and auditing, and military personnel. Many other aspects of base operations support are provided through several directorates.
The Directorate of Information Management provides command, control, communications, and computer information management support to the installation. It is charged with support of the network infrastructure, telephone services, electronic mail, internet availability, helpdesk operations, server hosting and consolidation services, and information assurance. The Directorate also supports records management and visual/audio/graphics services for the installation. Mission partners IM/IT projects are supported by the Directorate's certified Army Acquisition Workforce. Services are negotiated on a reimbursable basis.
The Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation is responsible for all the "well-being" programs and is designed to enhance morale and promote readiness. DMWR divisions include family readiness and Child and Youth Services. The Directorate of Community Support Programs provides services in the areas of military personnel, Army Substance Abuse Program and Detrick Center for Training and Education Excellence.
The Directorate of Installation Services was formed in 1995 as a result of Vice President Gore's National Performance Review to include consolidation of operations to adopt better business practices. DIS is a consolidation of the workforce and expertise in public works and logistics. DIS is the largest customer service oriented directorate in the Garrison at Fort Detrick, with approximately 170 employees dedicated to providing and maintaining Fort Detrick with the highest level of engineering, maintenance, utilities, housing, transportation, mail, freight, hazardous materials, master planning, government vehicle and supply management affordable in an era when the government's resources and budget are being reduced.
Installation Services maintains 1,142 acres, and various administrative buildings, research laboratories, communication facilities and morale welfare facilities. Several services are provided by DIS to those who live and work at Fort Detrick.
The Security, Plans, and Operations Office provides for public safety through security and intelligence monitoring, anti-terrorism and force protection analysis, and contingency plans development for Fort Detrick.
The Directorate of Emergency Services protects people and property. Trained firefighters and police officers are available for response 24-hours-a-day and seven-days-a-week. Other functions include law enforcement, traffic and visitor control, prevention and investigation of crimes, physical security, and vehicle, pet, bicycle, and weapon registration. A contract guard force headquartered in the PMO mans Fort Detrick's gates. The Fort Detrick DES Fire and Emergency Services Division proudly protects the approximately 7,900 people living in a two-square-mile area. The department is a Federal department whose members are on a paid status. The DES F&ES division provides a variety of services to its military and civilian customers.
It serves laboratories, administrative and office occupancies, communications facilities, barracks and family housing areas with fire protection, crash fire and rescue, emergency medical services, confined space rescue and hazardous materials incident mitigation from the department's headquarters station. Public fire education and a proactive facility inspection campaign are administered by the career firefighters at Fort Detrick. Mutual aid response areas include portions of Frederick City for suppression activities, and Frederick County and vicinity for hazardous material incident response.
The Directorate of Resource Management provides a full range of resource and management services for the directorates and offices of the U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Fort Detrick. This support includes such things as budget formulation and execution; managerial accounting; development, documentation and maintenance of the manpower and equipment TDAs; management of the Commercial Activities (CA) program; Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) support; Strategic Planning; and other management support programs. Additionally, it is the coordinating office for all Interagency Support Agreements (ISAs) between USAG organizations and supported Mission Partners.
The Safety, Environment and Integrated Planning Office manages the civilian resource conservation program, radiation program, hazardous materials management, natural resources, and real property planning. It ensures Fort Detrick meets or exceeds the environmental requirements to protect our natural and cultural resources.
The Installation Safety Division establishes guidelines and procedures to provide a safe and healthful work and living environment free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm. The numerous programs and actions include inspections and surveys throughout the installation covering a wide range of industrial operations to Family Child Care Provider home inspections.
Some of the work related programs include hazard communication, respiratory protection, confined space entry, radiation protection, and worker's compensation. They train Fort Detrick personnel in supervisor/collateral duty safety, safe child care for providers, HAZCOM, motorcycle safety, and accident reporting procedures to name a few. They advise and assist in accident and hazard reporting through safety committee meetings, group training, and one-on-one sessions. The concern for safety extends beyond the work place in their involvement with bow hunting, swimming, and many other recreational activities on Fort Detrick.
For more information about the U.S. Army Garrison and its services visit the Web site: www.detrick.army.mil.
U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command-Fort Detrick Engineering Directorate
The U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command - Fort Detrick Engineering Directorate is a critical element within U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) located at Fort Monmouth, N.J. Its roots began in 1929 with the establishment of a Plant and Traffic Branch with the mission of performing engineering tasks for the Signal Corps. Over the years, the organization evolved through name, mission and location changes.
In 1972, the organization, then known as U.S. Army Communication Electronics Engineering Installation Agency-National Communication Command (USACEEIA-NCC), was established with a mission to support Strategic Communication Command-National Communication Command by performing communications-electronic engineering, installation, test and evaluation, and software development and maintenance for Defense Communication System (Army) and communications systems.
Later reorganizations saw other name changes, such as USACEEIA-CONUS (continental United States), U.S. Army Electronic Systems Engineering Installation Activity, and USAISEC-CONUS; and relocation to Fort Ritchie, Md. In October 1996, USAISEC, along with USAISEC-CONUS, were realigned under CECOM to continue its unique mission as the only Army Command in the CONUS performing information systems engineering, installation, testing, construction rehabilitation and removal of information systems and facilities.
The critical brigade level command supported CONUS-wide major commands, combat and strategic command, control, communications, computer systems for unified and specified commands and deployable forces in support of warfighting commanders in chief. The command served as the critical link in fulfilling the Army's Information Mission Area initiatives in nearly 152 far-flung CONUS installations as well as Department of Defense agencies, the White House, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, National Security Agency, and the Department of the Army staff.
In October 1997, USAISEC-CONUS reorganized and was designated USAISEC-Fort Ritchie Engineering Office, becoming a directorate of the USAISEC. The move to Fort Detrick in September 1998 once again changed their designation, to USAISEC-Fort Detrick Engineering Directorate.
The U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command - Fort Detrick Engineering Directorate staff continues its unique mission as the provider of engineering, installation and testing of information systems and facilities throughout the Department of the Army as well as Defense Department agencies.
U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency
Plan, Synchronize And Provide Medical Logistics For Health Service Support to Forces Conducting Joint And Full Spectrum Operations by: Managing Medical Materiel Life Cycle Projects, Equipping and Sustaining the Medical Force, Managing Medical Strategic Centralized Programs, and Advancing Performance Excellence.
The U. S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity
USAMMDA is the DoD's advanced medical materiel development activity for products designed to protect and preserve the lives of Servicemembers.
USAMMDA develops new drugs, vaccines, and medical support devices that enhance readiness, ensure provisions of the highest quality medical care to the DoD and maximize the survival of medical casualties on the battlefield.
The USAMMDA MISSION is to develop and manage medical materiel to protect and sustain the Warfighter on point for the Nation.
The Quality Office (QO) was established in January of 2009 and has since developed and maintained a Quality Management system that will be utilized by each division within the USAMMDA Command. The mission of USAMMDA's Quality Office is to provide support by functioning as an independent and objective entity that reviews and evaluates work product for the organization.
Division of Regulated Activities and Compliance
The Division of Regulated Activities and Compliance (DRAC) is a multidisciplinary team of regulatory affairs and compliance professionals dedicated to support the USAMMDA mission of developing medical products for the Warfighter on point for the Nation. DRAC provides full-service regulatory support for products through the DoD acquisition spectrum, from individual investigator-initiated clinical studies to products in the advanced development pipeline. USAMMDA DRAC carries out its delegated responsibilities as the Office of The Surgeon General Sponsor's representative for the Army regarding medical materiel development, and its operations are mandated in FDA, DoD, and Army regulatory requirements. The DRAC supports investigators at medical centers and laboratories, institutional review boards, and product development teams in laboratories and advanced development organizations throughout the Army and the DoD.
DRAC is organized as a Division office with four Branches, to include three regulatory affairs branches, and a regulatory submissions branch.
The Regulatory Submissions Branch, is responsible for all submissions and official communications with the FDA or other regulatory agencies, to include creation and maintenance of the complete official regulatory files for OTSG-sponsored products. This branch also includes medical writing and editorial support, as well as responsibility for serious adverse event reporting in collaboration with the USAMMDA Clinical Services Support Division.
In 2010, the DRAC Regulatory Submissions branch compiled and prepared more than 250 regulatory submissions to the FDA. In addition, they wrote or reviewed annual reports and maintained complete sponsor regulatory files for more than 70 OTSG-sponsored FDA applications for medical products in support of the Warfighter.
DRAC's Regulatory Affairs mission is allocated to three regulatory affairs branches:
• Pharmaceuticals Branch
• Vaccines and Blood Products Branch
• Medical Devices Branch
These branches were developed to mirror the FDA Centers (Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, and Center for Devices and Radiological Health), and each Regulatory Affairs representative has specific experience to support the type of product to which the representative is assigned. The role of the Regulatory Affairs representative is to provide expert regulatory advice, strategy, and support for medical products in all stages of development, to serve as a liaison between the Integrated Product Team or other parties needing support and FDA, and to assure that all product development efforts comply with appropriate FDA, DoD, and Army regulations and policies.
The Medical Affairs Division integrates the review of safety data regarding OTSG-sponsored products and is in the process of establishing a comprehensive system of medical experts to support each product.
In conjunction with the Division of Regulated Activities and Compliance (DRAC), Medical Affairs arranges the submission of expedited safety reports, updates of Investigator Brochures and preparation of Investigational New Drug (IND) annual reports. The division is coordinating with DRAC, the Medical Research Information Technology System (MeRITS), Pharmaceutical Systems, and the investigator community on standards for safety data collection based on industry standards for Phase I, II, and III research.
Medical Affairs is responsible for the supervision and direction of the Force Health Protection (FHP) Branch at USAMMDA, which serves as the Executive Agency for the management of the DoD's FHP program. The mission is to plan, implement, and sustain DoD directed FHP IND protocols and to train the investigational staff in the execution of the protocols according to FDA regulatory guidelines. The FHP Branch manages the Specialized MEDCOM Response Capabilities Investigational New Drug/Emergency Use Authorizations (SMRC IND/EUA) teams used in the development of the contingency protocols.
U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA).
USAMRAA is the contracting element of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and provides support to the Command headquarters and its worldwide network of laboratories and medical logistics organizations. USAMRAA also supports the Fort Detrick Garrison and its military tenant activities, Army-wide projects sponsored by the Army Surgeon General, and numerous Congressionally mandated programs.
U.S. Army Medical Research and
The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Medical Command responsible for lifecycle management of medical materiel, from basic laboratory research through advanced development, prototyping, procurement, delivery to units, maintenance and disposal. The USAMRMC is responsible for planning, programming and budgeting for construction of Army medical facilities and for corporate information management and information technology requirements of the Army Medical Department.
Headquartered at Fort Detrick, Md., the USAMRMC operates six medical research laboratories and institutes in the United States. These laboratories make up the core science and technology capability of the command. They are centers of excellence in specific areas of biomedical research, staffed by highly qualified military and civilian scientists and support personnel. The command's in-house science and technology capabilities are enhanced by a large extramural contract research program and numerous cooperative research and development agreements with leading research and development organizations in the civilian sector.
The command also operates eight subordinate units exclusively focused on medical materiel development, contracting, medical logistics management, health facility planning, and information management and technology. Approximately 5,400 military, civilian and contractor personnel are assigned to the headquarters and 14 subordinate units. Officers, enlisted Servicemembers, and civilians provide a wide variety of medical, scientific, and technical expertise. Many of these personnel are among the most respected and knowledgeable specialists in their fields.
In addition to eight elements at Fort Detrick, USAMRMC operates units at the Forest Glen Annex of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Silver Spring, Md.; Alexandria, Va.; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Natick, Mass.; Fort Rucker, Ala.; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; and Pirmasens, Germany. The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, one of USAMRMC's laboratories, operates overseas research units in Germany, Kenya, and Thailand.
The USAMRMC is the Department of Defense executive agent for medical chemical-and-biological defense research programs and combat maxillofacial surgery. It is also Defense Department lead agent for infectious disease research and military nutrition. Finally, it acts as the Department of Defense's manager of congressionally mandated, peer-reviewed research programs in breast cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, neurofibromatosis and military women's health.
U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
USAMRIID conducts basic and applied research on biological threats resulting in medical solutions to protect military service members.
USAMRIID, an organization of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, is the lead medical research laboratory for the U.S. Biological Defense Research Program. The Institute plays a key role as the only laboratory in the Department of Defense (DoD) equipped to safely study highly hazardous infectious agents requiring maximum containment at biosafety level (BSL)-4.
As the center of excellence for DoD medical biological defense research, USAMRIID's challenge is to maintain its world-class scientific and technology base while being responsive to its primary customer-the warfighter. To conduct basic and applied research on biological threats resulting in medical solutions to protect the warfighter.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Disease Weed Science Research Unit
The USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit has two distinct missions united by a common relationship to plant pathology and the unit's unique P-3 plant pathogen laboratory and greenhouse containment facilities.
The mission of the Foreign Disease program is to develop techniques for the rapid detection and identification of new and emerging crop pathogens. Research is conducted to provide fundamental information on emerging pathogens for risk assessment and the development of practical phytosanitary regulations for the import and export of agricultural commodities and germplasm. The Foreign Disease program is within National Program 303, Plant Diseases.
The mission of the Weed Biological Control program is to collect foreign pathogens overseas from weeds in their native habitat, and to evaluate, characterize and release the pathogens in the U.S. for biological control of introduced weeds, leading to improved, sustainable weed control practices in agricultural systems with reduced dependence on chemical herbicides. The Weed Biological Control program is within National Program 304, Crop Protection & Quarantine.