b. Theater Patient Movement Requirement Center (TPMRC). The TPMRC is
a joint agency normally located at or near the overseas theater headquarters and which
functions under the supervision of the theater surgeon. The functions of the TPMRC
include: consolidating requests for transfers to CONUS facilities and maintaining direct
liaison with the GPMRC, MROs of component services, and transportation agencies which
furnish evacuation transportation. Additionally, the TPMRC will obtain periodic reports of
available beds from the MROs of services providing hospitalization, and based on
reported bed availability, select medical centers or hospitals to receive patients. The
TPMRC will be formed only when more than one service provides hospitalization in the
theater of operations.
c. U. S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM). Although not actively engaged in
the day-to-day operations of evacuating and transferring patients, MEDCOM monitors the
movement of patients from one MTF to another within the Command. The Patient Affairs
Branch (HSC-OP-PA) is available to provide guidance and assistance when needed and
must be consulted prior to transferring a patient for administrative, compassionate, or
d. Aeromedical Evacuation Control Center (AECC). Headquartered at Scott
Air Force Base, Illinois, the AECC is responsible for coordinating air transportation and
in-flight medical treatment for patients with the USAF flight squadron and both the
originating and destination MTFs.
e. Aeromedical Evacuation Coordinating officer (AECO). An officer of an
originating, in transit, or destination MTF who coordinates aeromedical evacuation
activities of the facility is the AECO.
Section II. PEACETIME PROCEDURES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The concepts and principles of medical regulating and patient evacuation are the
same for domestic and combat evacuation. However, the combat situation necessitates
different operating procedures. For this reason, the procedures for these two situations
are being discussed separately.