c. Staff Health Service Support to the Theater Army Area Command. See
paragraph 1 -7c and paragraph 1-26b of this subcourse.
THEATER ARMY SURGEON
a. General. The theater Army headquarter does not have a fixed organization. It
is organized under a table of distribution and allowances (TDA) as required to
accomplish the assigned mission. However, it is organized in the same manner as other
higher staffs, having a general staff (Gl, G2, G3, G4, G5, and comptroller) and a special
staff operating under the staff supervision of a chief of staff. Certain special staff officers
may be commanders of major subordinate commands (for example, MEDCOM, ENCOM)
and serve in a dual role as special staff officers. The theater Army surgeon normally
serves in such a capacity, being the commander of the theater Army MEDCOM
(MEDCOM). He has, therefore, both command and staff responsibilities in providing
health service support throughout the TO.
b. Duties of the Surgeon. As a member of the theater Army commander's staff,
(1) Advises on the health services of the command and the occupied or
friendly territory within the theater Army commander's area of responsibility.
(2) Advises on the medical effects of the environment and of NBC weapons
on personnel, rations and water.
(3) Determines requirements for the requisitioning, element, storage,
maintenance, distribution, and documentation of medical, dental, and veterinary
equipment and supplies.
(4) Determines requirements for medical personnel and makes
recommendations pertaining to their assignment.
(6) Submits to the Surgeon General appropriate recommendations on
professional medical problems, which require research and development.