Cmdr. Gregg Montalto, director of medical operations, USNS Mercy
The Vietnam Coastal Medicine Initiative (CMI), which culminated with the CMI drill, was a very fitting way to end Pacific Partnership 2015 and to look toward 2016. As Director of Medical Operations, I find it essential throughout the planning and execution of any mission to always refer back to the mission objectives; in the case of Pacific Partnership, we wanted to emphasize humanitarian assistance/disaster response (HA/DR) host nation capacity building and resiliency, while demonstrating our inter-operability with host and partner nations. At the same time I needed to ensure that USNS Mercy Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) was ready to respond to a contingency – a real-world disaster – and in doing so, our very talented crew drilled together throughout the course of the four-month deployment and was ready to react and respond.