COMMAND AND STAFF RELATIONSHIPS
a. Chief of Staff, United States Army. The CG, HSC is under the supervision
of the CS, US Army. Directives, authorities, policies, planning and program guidance,
approved programs, priorities, resource allocations, and other matters of command
direction are issued to the CG, HSC by the CSA.
b. The Surgeon General. The CG, HSC and TSG have a unique relationship.
TSG has Army staff responsibility for developing, organizing, and providing technical
supervision of Army health services as an Army-wide health services system. The CG,
HSC commands, manages, and operates those health services activities that are under
the direct management or control of a HQDA staff agency and are not assigned to
another Army command.
c. Commanding General of the Health Services Command. The HSC and
other MACOMs are elements of the DA. The CG, HSC is authorized to communicate
directly with Headquarters, Department of the Army staff and subordinate elements on
matters of mutual interest.
d. MAJOR ARMY COMMAND. Health Services Command installations, units, and
activities are dependent upon support by the US Army Communications Command, the USACIDC,
and the INCOM.
AREA SUPPORT CONCEPT
Health Service Command provides health services to eligible beneficiaries under the area
support concept. To provide this support, the territory described in paragraph 2-1a(1) has been
divided into 7 health service regions and 37 HSAs.
a. Health Service Regions and Regional Coordinators.
(1) Health service regions. The territory to which HSC provides health
services has been divided into the seven geographical areas of responsibility shown in
figure 2-2. Each of these has been designated as a health service region. Each HSR
contains one US Army MEDCEN.
(2) Regional coordinator. Each HSC is headed by a regional coordinator.
The regional coordinator assists the CG, HSC in the coordination and professional
technical supervision of health care within each assigned HSR. Normally, the
commander of the MEDCEN located in the HSR is the regional coordinator. As regional
coordinator, he exercises no command or resource management authority other than
his immediate command.
b. Health Service Areas. Health service regions are normally subdivided into
two or more health service areas. (NOTE: The Tripler HSR is not subdivided. Its HSA
covers the same geographical territory as its HSR.) A HSA is a geographical area for