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Special Medical Augmentation Response Team-Preventive Medicine (2001)

The U.S. Army Medical Command’s Specialty Medical Augmentation Response Teams (SMARTs) are designed to provide highly focused assistance in one of more than 10 specialized areas. The U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine is responsible for the SMART-Preventive Medicine team.

CHPPM tailors each SMART-PM to the specific mission request, a CHPPM-developed concept of operations that has proven adaptable, efficient and effective in supporting a wide range of force health protection needs of installation, joint task force and incident commanders, both in the United States and abroad. A SMART-PM personnel roster could include physicians, epidemiologists, environmental scientists, health physicists, industrial hygienist, medical entomologists, public health nurses and other public health professionals.

Since 2001, the SMART-PM has maintained an exceptional operational tempo. SMART-PMs have deployed to conduct environmental health site assessments at U.S. base camps in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Djibouti; analyze the outbreak of acinetobacter infections in healthcare facilities in Iraq and Germany; respond to increased concerns about tuberculosis in Afghanistan; assess the radiological health hazards at a former nuclear research facility in Iraq; investigate several cases of meningococcal disease among U.S. personnel stationed in Germany; provide occupational and environmental health surveillance support to the Hurricane Katrina and Rita responses; and assist with Pakistani earthquake relief operations.