Fort Drum Medical Activity Commander

Fort Drum Medical Activity Commander Col. Robert (Rob) Heath, Commander of U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Drum, N.Y.

01/05/2021
Fort Drum Medical Activity

Be informed...
I know some individuals may be hesitant or concerned about being vaccinated and others may have seen misleading or confusing information on social media. But, making a well informed personal decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is very important.

I encourage everyone to receive the vaccine when it becomes available to you. Please utilize the information resources below to learn about the vaccines and their development.

Army Medicine
Regional Health Command-Atlantic
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General

Arrival of the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine is expected in the coming days. Check out this video from COL Rob Heath, the Fort Drum Medical Activity Commander, as he shares some updated information on the vaccine.

For additional information on the vaccine, check out the following resources:

Fort Drum MEDDAC COVID Vaccine Information Page - https://guthrie.tricare.mil/Health-Services/COVID-19-Update/COVID-19-Vaccine

CDC COVID Vaccine Information Page - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect.html

TRICARE COVID Vaccine Information Page – https://www.tricare.mil/covidvaccine

FDA EUA Information - https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/emergency-use-authorization

10th Mountain Division
U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

I encourage everyone to make a well informed, personal decision on receiving the COVID-19 vaccination as it becomes avai...
12/28/2020
Fort Drum Medical Activity

I encourage everyone to make a well informed, personal decision on receiving the COVID-19 vaccination as it becomes available.
Please head over to our COVID-19 vaccine information web page to learn more... The information page includes vaccine facts sheets and more to keep you informed of the creation, approval, and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine(s).

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccination, to include distribution plans, vaccine development, safety information, and more, please head over to our COVID-19 vaccine web page. We will continue to update the page as more information becomes available.

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division

Honored to conduct a small, intimate Retirement Ceremony for a true American Hero today... Congratulations LTC J. Scott ...
12/24/2020

Honored to conduct a small, intimate Retirement Ceremony for a true American Hero today... Congratulations LTC J. Scott Kerns on your retirement after 20 years of Faithful Service to the Army and our Nation!
Also Blessed that his Mom and distant family were able to join the event via FaceTime, allowing LTC Kerns to also thank them for their eternal support during his career.

We wish LTC Kerns and his lovely wife Candace & Children the best as they start their Family's next chapter.
Thank you for your Service, JumpMaster!

Army Medicine
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major
U.S. Army Nurse Corps
Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis

12/21/2020
Fort Drum Medical Activity

Thank you to all of our GREAT Fort Drum Medical Activity beneficiaries and our Amazing Community Health Care Partners... We wish you all a joyous and safe holiday!

Please remember... social (physical) distancing for COVID-19 does not mean becoming socially disconnected! Reach out to your friends, family and loved ones... So, what are you doing for socially connecting while physically distancing this holiday season?

Army Medicine
Regional Health Command-Atlantic
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major
U.S. Army Medical Command CSM
Climbtoglory7
U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division
Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis
Soldier Recovery Unit Fort Drum
Army Wellness Center - Fort Drum
Army SP Corps
Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization

The Fort Drum Medical Activity family would like to wish the community a happy and safe holiday season. #ArmyMedicine is #ArmyStrong!

12/21/2020
Command Team, Leaders Holiday Shout Out

To our entire U.S. Army Medical Department Activity – Fort Drum family, CSM Menendez and I would like to wish you a happy and safe holiday season. As we celebrate this joyous time, let us also remember and honor those who cannot be with us. Thank you for everything you do to keep our Fort Drum community safe. #ArmyMedicine is #ArmyStrong!

Army Medicine
Regional Health Command-Atlantic
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major
U.S. Army Medical Command CSM
Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis
Soldier Recovery Unit Fort Drum
Army Wellness Center - Fort Drum

We are sorry for the loss of a 10th Mountain Division Teammate.  Thank you for those who shared information to assist ef...
12/20/2020

We are sorry for the loss of a 10th Mountain Division Teammate. Thank you for those who shared information to assist efforts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his Family and Unit.

UPDATE: Corporal Harris has been found deceased, and the investigation is on-going.

"We are grateful to everyone who shared his picture or said a prayer for his safe return, and we ask that you continue to tell the story of this great Soldier, and keep his Family in your thoughts and prayers, as we will," said Brig. Gen. Brett Funck, acting senior commander, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum.

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division
12/20/2020

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Spc. Hayden Harris, please call one of the numbers below or submit to www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html.

Honored to participate in FB livestream retirement ceremony for our own SFC George Shreffler and Family. Thank You for y...
12/19/2020

Honored to participate in FB livestream retirement ceremony for our own SFC George Shreffler and Family. Thank You for your Service and lasting impact on Fort Drum Medical Activity and Army Medicine!
The Shreffler’s are a powerhouse #Army family of volunteerism and selfless service... Thank You Shelby Shreffler for being the Family’s Rock and your faithful years of Service as an Army Spouse!
Best Wishes as you transition to your Family’s next chapter.

Regional Health Command-Atlantic
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major
Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis

Our Guthrie Primary Care Clinic’s White Team embodies the true spirit of selfless giving and professionalism!  Thank you...
12/19/2020

Our Guthrie Primary Care Clinic’s White Team embodies the true spirit of selfless giving and professionalism! Thank you for continuing your yearly tradition and donating to another great organization serving our community. Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County, Inc.

Holiday Gift Donation

This holiday season, instead of exchanging gifts, members of our Primary Care Clinic’s White Team decided to collect items and donate them to the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County, Inc.. Madelaine Taylor, the center’s development director, visited the Guthrie Clinic today to accept the donations. Join us in thanking White Team for their kind and selfless act. #ArmyMedicine is #ArmyStrong!

12/18/2020

Join us as we celebrate the career of SFC George Shreffler during his retirement ceremony. Congratulations and good luck in the next chapter of your life. #ArmyMedicine is #ArmyStrong!

12/18/2020
Fort Drum Medical Activity

I encourage you to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to you. We will continue to provide information to assist you in making a well informed personal decision.

#Vaccination is an important tool in helping stop the #COVID-19 virus. Vaccines are starting to be distributed throughout the country, and it won’t be long before it arrives at Fort Drum. Getting the vaccine is voluntary, but everyone eligible is encouraged to get it to protect their health, their families, and their community. Check out this video from COL Rob Heath, the Fort Drum Medical Activity commander, as he explains a bit more about the vaccine.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
or
https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Combat-Support/Public-Health/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccine-Efforts/Getting-the-COVID-19-Vaccine

#ArmyMedicine is #ArmyStrong!

10th Mountain Division
U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

Congratulations SFC Nicole Palmer... Regional Health Command-Atlantic Career Counselor of the Year!Soldier Recovery Unit...
12/17/2020
BG Paula Lodi on Twitter

Congratulations SFC Nicole Palmer... Regional Health Command-Atlantic Career Counselor of the Year!

Soldier Recovery Unit Fort Drum

“Congratulations to the RHC-A Career of the Year, SFC Palmer of #FortDrum who will go on to compete as the #MEDCOM Career Counselor of the Year in 2021! #MEDCOMPatchPride #USArmy #PeopleFirst @CSMMEDCOM”

Congratulations SFC Nicole Palmer on selection today as Regional Health Command-Atlantic Career Counselor of the Year!  ...
12/17/2020

Congratulations SFC Nicole Palmer on selection today as Regional Health Command-Atlantic Career Counselor of the Year! Outstanding performance at competition including ACFT, Written Test, and Board. Next up... MEDCOM competition!
Army Medicine is Army Strong!

Soldier Recovery Unit Fort Drum
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major Climbtoglory7
U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division
Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis

Congratulations to Soldier Recovery Unit Fort Drum’s own SFC Nicole Palmer on your recent promotion to Sergeant First Class!
Thank you for your Service and all you do for our Soldiers as the Career Counselor covering all Regional Health Command-Atlantic units on Ft Drum.
You keep Army Medicine Army Strong!

RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General

12/17/2020
Sexual Harassment / Sexual Assault

We all have a role to play in preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment. I ask each of you to help create a climate of Integrity, Dignity and Respect. One in which victims and bystanders feel confident about reporting an incident without retaliation. Please take a moment to view my short video and read more about the SHARP program at link below.
Thank you for making Army Medicine, Army Strong!

https://www.sexualassault.army.mil/

Army Medicine
Regional Health Command-Atlantic
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major
Climbtoglory7
U.S. Army Medical Command CSM
Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis
Soldier Recovery Unit Fort Drum

This week we bid Farewell to one of our bedrock leaders in Fort Drum Medical Activity... leaving a lasting impact of Lea...
12/12/2020

This week we bid Farewell to one of our bedrock leaders in Fort Drum Medical Activity... leaving a lasting impact of Leadership and Transformation across Soldier Health Services.
Best Wishes LTC J. Scott Kerns as you retire and transition to the next chapter.

Thank You for your Service, JumpMaster... and for making Army Medicine Army Strong!

Regional Health Command-Atlantic
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major

12/12/2020
U.S. Army Chief of Staff

Go Army! Beat Navy!

This year the #ArmyNavyGame is at West Point - The U.S. Military Academy and they have cooked up something new. #GoArmyBeatNavy #EatNavy #WinningMatters

Secretary of the Army

Another full operations day in the North Country snow globe taking care of America’s Greatest Treasures... our Active Du...
12/10/2020

Another full operations day in the North Country snow globe taking care of America’s Greatest Treasures... our Active Duty Service Members, Retirees & Soldiers for Life, and their Families!
Army Medicine is Army Strong!

Regional Health Command-Atlantic
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major
U.S. Army Medical Command CSM
Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis

It’s beginning to look a lot like a North Country winter. Just a reminder, we have moved our single-point screening area to the Southside Family Medicine Clinic (Primary Care) entrance to accommodate our beneficiaries better. This entrance allows for curbside drop off and pick up at the roundabout as well as easy access to ADA accessible parking spaces.

Last Newcomers session of the year... finishing strong with this GREAT group of medical professionals!No greater commitm...
12/08/2020

Last Newcomers session of the year... finishing strong with this GREAT group of medical professionals!

No greater commitment than stepping forward in the midst of a global pandemic to generate medical health readiness for America’s greatest treasures... our Active Duty Service Members, Retirees & Soldiers For Life, and their Families.
Army Medicine is Army Strong!

Regional Health Command-Atlantic
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major

12/07/2020
U.S. Army Chief of Staff

Today we remember those who fought with extraordinary courage, often sacrificing their own lives, during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Today is National #PearlHarborRemembranceDay. We pay homage to the 2,043 Americans who were killed in the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Wheeler Army Airfield, and other locations on the island of Oahu on this date in 1941. U.S. Army Pacific, 25th Infantry Division

Great drive-thru Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration tonight... Garrison Command along with USO Fort Drum and F...
12/05/2020

Great drive-thru Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration tonight... Garrison Command along with USO Fort Drum and Fort Drum FMWR delivering in the rain for the Community!
Thank You!

Recognizing organizational excellence... Justina Burrows (Paramedic, Ft Drum EMS), recent 4th Qtr GS 1-8 Employee of the...
11/30/2020

Recognizing organizational excellence... Justina Burrows (Paramedic, Ft Drum EMS), recent 4th Qtr GS 1-8 Employee of the Quarter nominee!
Thank you for your Service and all you do to protect and care for our great Fort Drum community.
You make Army Medicine Army Strong!
#thisismysquad
Regional Health Command-Atlantic
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major

Congratulations SPC Nathyn Durr Kormylo (68X)... Recommended for promotion to rank of Sergeant at last week’s Promotion ...
11/28/2020

Congratulations SPC Nathyn Durr Kormylo (68X)... Recommended for promotion to rank of Sergeant at last week’s Promotion Board!
The future of Army Medicine is in good hands.

RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
Regional Health Command-Atlantic
Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis

It’s important we remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19... let’s not lose focus, take shortcuts or become compla...
11/28/2020

It’s important we remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19... let’s not lose focus, take shortcuts or become complacent.

Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis
Soldier Recovery Unit Fort Drum

GO1 violations are taken very seriously across the Division. Violations, both large and small, have resulted in serious consequences that could follow Soldiers for the rest of their careers. Violations can result in a range of consequences, from a Company Grade Article 15 to a Court-Martial. We've also provided a graphic on GO1F for more information. Let's make sure we look out for each other, abide by the General Order and stay safe!

Great job Fort Drum Medical Activity Team!  I’m Thankful for your Service and dedication... Stay Vigilant!
11/28/2020

Great job Fort Drum Medical Activity Team! I’m Thankful for your Service and dedication... Stay Vigilant!

Hey #MountainTough Soldiers! I know the holidays are a fun time to spend with family and friends. This year, because of COVID-19, it is extra important that you stay safe, healthy and wash your hands before and after all that good food you eat!

#10MTN_MedicalCheckup

#10MTN_ClimbToGlory

Congratulations to Soldier Recovery Unit Fort Drum’s own SFC Nicole Palmer on your recent promotion to Sergeant First Cl...
11/27/2020

Congratulations to Soldier Recovery Unit Fort Drum’s own SFC Nicole Palmer on your recent promotion to Sergeant First Class!
Thank you for your Service and all you do for our Soldiers as the Career Counselor covering all Regional Health Command-Atlantic units on Ft Drum.
You keep Army Medicine Army Strong!

RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General

Today I am Thankful for the level of quality Leaders in Fort Drum MEDDAC... none more impressive than SGT Delaney!  A he...
11/26/2020

Today I am Thankful for the level of quality Leaders in Fort Drum MEDDAC... none more impressive than SGT Delaney! A heartfelt honor to see her renew her Oath to the Constitution in defense of our Nation yesterday.
Thank You CSM Menendez and MAJ Byrnes for helping mold this NCO.

Your future is Bright!
Thank you for your Service!
Keep making Army Medicine #armystrong!
#ThisIsMySquad
#medcompatchpride

Regional Health Command-Atlantic
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major
U.S. Army Medical Command CSM
Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis

11/25/2020

The end of an era... Congratulations SFC Steadman on your last regular duty day in the Army before starting your retirement transition!
Thank You for your Service and Best Wishes as you start your next chapter.
#ThisIsMySquad

PAD to the Bone!

Army Medicine
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major
Regional Health Command-Atlantic
Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis

Congratulations to SPC Jeong... selected for direct commission as an officer and Army Pharmacist!Thank You for stepping ...
11/17/2020

Congratulations to SPC Jeong... selected for direct commission as an officer and Army Pharmacist!

Thank You for stepping up during COVID-19 to serve the U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division community in our Fort Drum Medical Activity Pharmacy.

Army Medicine is #ArmyStrong!

Regional Health Command-Atlantic
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major Climbtoglory7
U.S. Army Medical Command CSM
10th Mountain Division
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
4th Battalion, 31st Infantry "Polar Bears, Pro Patria"

Beautiful North Country morning for taking ACFT with the great Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis Team... making Army Medicine Army S...
11/06/2020

Beautiful North Country morning for taking ACFT with the great Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis Team... making Army Medicine Army Strong!

Regional Health Command-Atlantic
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major
U.S. Army Medical Command CSM

Today we said Farewell to another Strong Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis NCO.  SGT Paquette has generated Medical Readiness for ME...
11/05/2020

Today we said Farewell to another Strong Fort Drum MEDCO Yetis NCO. SGT Paquette has generated Medical Readiness for MEDDAC and 10th Mountain Division serving as the Chief of Medical Maintenance... in the absence of a Warrant Officer or senior NCO... setting the standard and exceeding all expectations!
We wish her well as she transitions to her next chapter outside of the Army. The future is Bright and we know she will continue to be a Rockstar!

Army Medicine
Regional Health Command-Atlantic
RHC-Atlantic Commanding General
RHC-Atlantic Command Sergeant Major
U.S. Army Medical Command CSM

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I just wanted to post to thank the Ft Drum Pharmacy for effectively saving my life. I am on several drugs to control heart rate and was about to get bone marrow specimen draw for a different issue. The doctor doing the draw gave me a script for an anti-anxiety drug,hydrOXYzine HCL, and when I came to pick it up there was a note on the bottle to check with my heart doctor the combination with one of the heart meds “can cause QT prolongation.” I did check and was told it would be better not to take the HCL because the risk to my health would be higher than the discomfort of the procedure. With out the note I would not have known any of this. There was no name or identifier on the note so I will thank all our the pharmacy personnel for this. I also want to thank you for the quick installation of the pharmacy pick up changes due to COVID. The system works great , everyone involved is helpfu and friendly. Special thanks to the soldiers that make the numerous walks back and forth delivering the packages. Thank you all for everything you do to keep us safe and healthy. The bone marrow draw went fine and was completely painless with out and drugs.
Happy Holidays from the OB/GYN clinic 🌲
I would like to say that I am very happy with our command team. You have all been amazingly receptive and easy to approach. It’s always a pleasure to talk with you. After close to 15 years at Fort Drum I must say You help us put the care in care enough to make a difference. Keep up the good work.