Utah National Guard
The Utah Medical Command, commanded by COL Charlene Dalto, took part in the Overseas Deployment Training (ODT) Exercise African Lion between April 15-28, 2018. African Lion 18 is a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-sponsored, U.S. African Command (AFRICOM)-scheduled, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa-led, joint and combined exercise conducted in the Kingdom of Morocco with a spoke in Tunisia. Approximately 900 U.S. Service members deployed to join nearly 400 members of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces, approximately 250 Tunisian armed forces, and members of the Federal Republic of Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Great Britain and Greek armed forces. The annual-scheduled exercise involves various types of training and maneuvers throughout Morocco. The Utah Medical Command was responsible for the Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) event, representing one of several types of training opportunities.
Service members from Utah Medical Command fell in with the Royal Moroccan Army Medical Battalion’s established mobile hospital, set up in Bounaamane, an outer lying small community of Tiznit. In support of mission requirements for the HCA event some medical positions were outsourced to Colorado Air Guard, Georgia Air Guard, and Utah Air Guard. As a corroborative effort between U.S., Moroccan, and Tunisian military medical teams, the services provided were optometry with issuance of eye glasses and cataract surgery, E.N.T, internal medicine, general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology with ultrasound capability, dermatology, dental services providing root canals, fillings, cleanings and extractions, psychiatry, surgical capability of mostly cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) and lipoma (fatty benign tumor removal) with a 14 bed recovery area, x-ray, and lab tests for blood panels and blood count. (Photo by Maj Samantha Madsen)