b. Assistant Division Surgeon. The division surgeon (medical battalion
commander) is assisted with his responsibilities by an assistant division surgeon, who
performs those duties and responsibilities assigned and who acts for the surgeon during
his absence from division headquarters.
c. Brigade Surgeon. Each brigade has a surgeon, who exercises staff
supervision (and technical control when such authority is delegated by the commander)
over the medical elements of the command. The brigade surgeon's primary
responsibility is to insure that adequate health service support is available to the
brigade. He provides the brigade commander with information regarding the health
service aspects of combat effectiveness within the brigade and performs staff functions
similar to those of the division surgeon. He is responsible for supervising the
professional activities of the medical assistants who function in the medical platoons of
the combat battalions attached to his brigade. The brigade surgeon has one aidman to
assist and to drive the assigned vehicle. He does not have the capability to operate a
medical facility. The brigade surgeon:
(1) Assures implementation of the division health service SOP and the
health service support portion of the administrative/logistics order.
Recommends the allocation of health service support resources within
(3) Exercises direct staff supervision over technical training of medical
personnel assigned to brigade units.
(4) Determines procedures and techniques to be employed in the medical
conduct of daily patient care and treatment at the unit level facilities of the brigade.
(5) Monitors and provides guidance concerning patient evacuation from
subordinate battalions of the brigade.
(6) Insures, through coordination with the division surgeon, that the brigade
receives adequate medical reinforcement and health service support from the FSB
medical company and/or corps health service resources.
(7) Provides the division surgeon with information on the brigade's combat
operations and plans for health service support of attached combat battalions.
(8) Assumes operational control, when directed, of medical units temporarily
attached to the brigade. (Normally, medical units are not attached, but function "in
support of" the brigade).
(9) Provides technical supervision of the physician's assistants in the
combat battalions attached to the brigade.