Israel, U.S. Military Address Medical Cooperation

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Story Number: NNS140204-22Release Date: 2/4/2014 11:26:00 PM

By Valerie A. Kremer, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (NNS) -- Members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), U.S. Navy Medicine and representatives from the other services discussed the importance of medical cooperation and combat care at the Defense Health Headquarters Feb. 3.

Capt. Ronen Nimni, Israel Naval Attache; Lt. Col. Elon Glassberg, MD, head, trauma, and combat medicine branch, general surgeon headquarters; and Lt. Col. Oren Giber, Technology and Logistics Attache, represented the IDF on behalf of Brig. Gen. Yitshak Kreiss, IDF surgeon general.

"International medical cooperation can only be achieved by our militaries working together for us all to move forward," said Glassberg. "It is important to not only conduct research and gather data, but our international medical partnerships are critical - as we saw in the recent typhoon, which struck the Philippines last year. Even though you carry your medical assets with you on U.S. Navy ships, we are your backup and support."

During the presentation, Glassberg highlighted the challenges in combat casualty care such as doctrine, severe blood loss, and transport capability. He also commended the partnership that is being done with IDF and Navy Medicine personnel at the Navy Trauma Training Center (NTTC), Los Angeles County, Calif.

According to Glassberg, the U.S. Navy is looking to send a team to the IDF as an exchange program in the future.

During the visit, the IDF members presented a certificate of appreciation and plaque to Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, for the partnership between the two militaries and recent successful surgical care training at NTTC in November 2013.

"The U.S. Navy is one of our greatest allies," said Kreiss. "I want to thank you for the great work that you do and the way you have met our needs. We look forward to further collaboration in the future with you."

Nathan was honored to receive the certificate and plaque on behalf of Sailors and Marines.

"It has been a pleasure to work side by side with the Israel Defense Forces during combat care and training at the NTTC," said Nathan. "Due to our current geopolitical climate, the Israel Defense Force is prepared more than anyone for the next event, although we do not want it to come, we know they are prepared when it does. We are grateful for the partnership with the IDF and look forward to working together in the future."

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