e. Joint Military Transportation Board (JMTB). A joint staff composed of
members of the Army, Air Force, and Navy that coordinates transportation requirements for
patients requiring intertheater evacuation.
f. Means of Evacuation. The method of evacuation is determined by
availability, tactical situation, climatic conditions, and medical condition of the patient.
When both air and ground ambulances are used, specific factors are considered in
determining which patients are to be evacuated by air and those to be evacuated by
ground ambulances. Normally, the physician treating the patient (physician assistant or
aidman in the absence of a physician) makes this determination based upon the clinical
condition of the patient with primary consideration given to the evacuation means which
contributes most to the patient's well-being.
g. Medical Command (MEDCOM). The MEDCOM provides evacuation,
hospitalization, preventive medicine, optical, environmental health, laboratory, dental,
veterinary, medical supply and maintenance, and other specialized health service support.
This command differs from other functional commands in that it provides local health
service support in the COMMZ as well as evacuation and hospitalization for patients direct
from the combat zone. The MEDCOM commander normally serves as the TA surgeon.
h. Military Sealift Command (MSC). The Navy element responsible for
coordinating movement of supplies, equipment, and personnel into the theater by US
Navy ships and for coordinating medical evacuation of patients by ship from the theater of
operations to zone of the interior (ZI), as required.
i. Movement Control Center (MCC). The Army unit which coordinates and
controls the movement of Army aircrafts and ground transportation within the theater.
Additional ground or air resources and clearance for their movement in support of
evacuation requirements from the combat zone that exceed U. S. Air Force capabilities
are coordinated through the MCC.
j. Mobile Aeromedical Staging Facility (MASF). A U. S. Air Force holding
facility employed at forward airfields in the combat zone to provide a patient holding
capability for patients being evacuated from corps hospitals to general hospitals.
k. Strategic Aeromedical Evacuation. That phase of aeromedical evacuation
which provides airlift for patients from overseas areas or from theaters of active operations
to the CONUS or to a temporary safe haven.
l. Tactical Aeromedical Evacuation Subsystem (TAES).
organization provided by the U.S. Air Force designed to perform the mission of tactical
aeromedical evacuation. It is composed of the aeromedical evacuation control center
(AECC), the mobile aeromedical staging facility (MASF), the aeromedical evacuation
liaison (AELT), and the aeromedical evacuation crews.