LANDSTUHL, Germany – Staff from the Public Health Committee on European and Public Health Activity – Rhineland-Palatinate join their German counterparts from the Bundeswehr Department of Public Health in Potsdam, Germany, for a five-day training.
The training organized by the Bundeswehr provided an opportunity to exchange expertise in different types of nutrition, diseases and diseases.
"Bundeswehr structures and methods and methods of conducting a food inspection are different from ours," said Capt. Daniel Cole, a veterinarian and officer in charge of the Hohenfels Veterinary Clinic. "So it's a place to learn and share with our German colleagues."
The structure of the Bundeswehr Food Mission is very different from that of the U.S. Army. Officers usually carry out food checks in Bundeswehr.
Army personnel often audit military facilities for dining facilities and vendors approved by the Department of Defense. However, the Bundeswehr has responsibility for NATO installations in several regions of the world.
"Some of the major areas of interest between Bundeswehr and the US Army and recent strong cooperation include food defense capabilities and an understanding of audit processes.
The joint training included lectures and hands-on training in the areas of nutrition rationale, diagnosis and epidemiological principles, which made it possible to spread the disease.
"The biggest benefit of the Bundeswehr is to cooperate with the US Army," said Nipgen. "Understanding the differences between US and German regulations can help us to harmonize and trust our roles."
This training, the first of its kind, served to establish a relationship between PHCE and the Bundeswehr. These relationships will form the basis of ongoing training and institutional knowledge that will enable the United States to work together in the Army and Bundeswehr.
"Training with the Bundeswehr Public Health Division is a unique and significant opportunity for PHCE to develop and maintain long-term, close relationships within Germany and as a NATO ally in training and operations," explained Col. Rene Howell, Army Public Health Nurse Regional Consultant.
Public Health Command Europe Offers support for public health and veterinary medical services through the US European Command, the US African Command, and the US Central Command to prepare, defend, and protect the health of our troops and their families.