Republic of Korea Medical Officers Strengthen U.S. Alliance

by William Wight
65th Medical Brigade

YONGSAN, SEOUL -- The Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital/121st Combat Support Hospital Commander, Col. Erica Clarkson presided over the 123rd cycle graduation of the Integrated Service of Republic of Korea Military Health Care Personnel Program (ISRMHCPP) January 12, 2017 at the BAACH Chapel.

The ISRMHCPP was established in 1955 to facilitate wartime coordination between the U.S. military forces and ROK military health care support system in the event of hostilities.

ROK Army officers work with their counterparts for six months, sharing expertise and increasing cultural understanding while gaining an appreciation of the US Military health care system.

Over 500 students, including veterinarians, physicians, dentists, nurses and medical service corps officers, have graduated from this mutually beneficial program and gone on to serve distinguished careers in both the military civilian sectors in the Republic of Korea.

The 65th Medical Brigade commander, Col. Wendy Harter, welcomed everyone to the graduation saying, "It is an honor to be a part of this historic partnership. These seven graduates have provided health care support, medical mission command and force health protection to all our military forces in Korea, keeping the alliance strong and ready. I am proud that they are now and forever will be a part of the Pacific Medic team."

Clarkson's welcoming remarks echoed the continuing success of the program, "For more than 60 years this program has stood as a testament to the talents of our soldiers, both Korean and American, and serves as a sterling symbol of the vigorous ROK/US alliance. We are proud to associate with them and will always recognize them as colleagues and friends. Their charge upon reassignment back to the ROK forces is the share the lessons learned with their colleagues in the ROK Armed Forces Medical System."

Brig. Gen. Won Suk Yon, Superintendent of the Korea Armed Forces Nursing Academy was the honored guest speaker who congratulated the command team on their support of the program and its contribution towards improving the Korean and U.S. forces medical capabilities.

The 123rd cycle graduation ceremony graduates were Captains Sumi Jeon (Blood Support Program), Youngsuk An (Brigade S3), Hwa Mok Choi (Brigade S4), Min Je Kim (BAACH In Patient Care Unit), Mi Hyeon Kim (Infection Prevention and Control), Mi Seon Kim(Yongsan Soldier Center Medical Home) and Jong Hee Lee (Brigade Preventive Medicine).

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