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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 562-00
September 14, 2000

MEDICAL EXERCISE IN MAURITANIA

Approximately 60 U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force medical personnel assigned to Europe, along with medics from Germany, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom, will participate in Exercise MEDFLAG 00-2, held in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Africa, Sept. 15 to 26, 2000.

MEDFLAG exercises are joint-combined medical training and civil assistance exercises conducted two or three times a year by the U.S. European Command. These exercises provide medical training and interchange of medical information and techniques with host nation medical personnel in African nations.

The multinational team will conduct classes in basic field sanitation, food inspection and hygiene procedures. Additionally, they will administer eye and dental care to those in need in the local community.

The objective of the exercise is to promote regional stability by strengthening cooperation between Mauritania and NATO countries through combined exercises. This is a humanitarian operation designed to build mutual trust, confidence and friendship with the nation of Mauritania.

Participating U.S. forces include the U.S. Army in Europe's 100th Medical Detachment and 30th Medical Brigade, both based in Heidelberg, Germany, who will oversee the conduct of the exercise. The 93rd Medical Battalion, also based in Heidelberg, will provide a dental team and linguists, and the 67th Combat Support Hospital from Wuerzburg, Germany, will provide a medical support personnel.

Eye care teams are coming from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Europe Regional Medical Command, based at Ramstein AB, Germany and Heidelberg, respectively.

U.S. Navy Europe's Naval Environmental and Preventative Medicine Unit, based in Sigonella, Italy, will provide a four-person team to assist with public health training. NAVEUR will also provide a team of dentists from Sigonella and Naples, Italy.

U.S. Army Contracting Command, Europe, based in Seckenheim, Germany, will provide a contracting officer, and the 226th Medical Battalion from Miesau, Germany, will provide support with communications and supply personnel.

The 96th Civil Affairs Battalion, based in Fort Bragg, N.C., will provide a civil affairs team to serve as a liaison with the people of the local community.

Military medical teams from Germany, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are providing veterinary care, medical administration and technical support for the exercise.

Mauritania is bringing approximately 130 medical students and 10 medical professionals, including preventative medicine personnel, dentists and eye surgeons.

Medical training for the Mauritanian students will cover a number of topics in two courses, including basic field sanitation, food inspection and hygiene procedures. The courses will include classroom instruction and practical, hands on exercises.

For more information, contact LCDR Dave Lee at 011-49-711-680-8434 or Capt. Mike Blass at 011-49-680-8437, or visit the U.S. European Command web site at http://www.eucom.mil/Directorates/ECPA/index.htm?http://www.eucom.mil/Directorates/ECPA/Exercises/main.htm&2index.htm . [Link no longer available.]

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