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28th Combat Support Hospital
"China Dragons"

The mission of the 28th Combat Support Hospital is to organize, train, and deploy tailored forces to provide comprehensive, high quality Level III Combat Health Support for the entire spectrum of operations. Be prepared to assume Medical Task Force command and control and conduct split based operations.

The 28th Combat Support Hospital is assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina under the Command of the 55th Medical Group, 44th Medical Brigade. Its' mission is to provide medical support to general classes of patients within the combat zone. The unit is authorized 33 Officers, 2 Warrant Officers, 159 PROFIS, and 430 enlisted personnel. The 28th Combat Support Hospital has a 24 member subordinate unit, the 528th Medical Detachment, Combat Stress Control, which was reactivated in December 1992. Other units subordinate to the 28th CSH include the 44th Medical Pathology Team, the 62nd Eye Team, and the 207th Neuro-Surgical Team. The 28th CSH assists by providing these units guidance, assistance, and evaluation during fielding exercises. The 28th CSH is associated with seven Reserve component units: 399th Combat Support Hospital, 1872nd Eye Surgical Team, 1878th Head / Neck Med Team, 1979th Neuro Med Team, 1883rd INF DZ Med Team, and 1963rd INF DZ Med Team.

The Hospital's 296 bed capacity includes 96 Intensive Care beds, 140 Intermediate Care beds, 20 Neuropsych beds, 40 Minimal Care beds, Emergency Treatment Area, Dental Section, Dispensary, four Surgical Suites, two X-ray rooms, Pharmacy, Blood Bank, and Laboratory. The hospital is equipped with Deployable Medical System (DEPMEDS) equipment, which was fielded in 1991 while the 28th CSH was deployed to Saudi Arabia. DEPMEDS is primarily composed of expandable shelters and TEMPER tents that are linked together by passageways which allow the entire structure to be climate controlled. Additionally, medical equipment and associated support equipment (e.g: illumination, power distribution, and water distribution) allows the hospital to function on the same level with fixed facilities. Treatment specialties authorized for the hospital include Internal Medicine, General Medicine, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedic / Thoracic Surgery, Gynecology, Oral Surgery, and Radiology. The 28th CSH is staffed to provide command, management, and administrative support through a Headquarters Platoon, a Patient Administration Section, Vehicle Maintenance, Medical Maintenance, Medical Logistics, Communications / IMO Section, and Nursing Services. The 28th CSH also has two unique internal elements: Hospital Unit Forward (HUF) which is capable of quickly moving into an area with a Task Force and providing immediate medical care on the ground and an 84 bed deployable package that is capable of providing medical and surgical support.

During peacetime, the mission of the 28th CSH is threefold. The hospital maintains a "fit to fight" readiness posture in support of the XVIII Airborne Corps Rapid Deployment Force. Personnel assigned to the 28th CSH provide medical support for other units and activities, to include staff augmentation at Womack Army Medical Center in specialized treatment areas. Lastly, the 28th CSH supports Fort Bragg Garrison details considered necessary for security, operations and maintenance of the post.

The 28th Combat Support Hospital was organized in May 1943 as the 28th Portable Surgical Hospital and activated in June of that year at Fort Meade, MD. During World War II the unit served in the Asiatic Pacific theater and participated in the China Defensive Campaign. Following the war, the 28th was deactivated in India in December 1945. It was reactivated at Fort Bragg, NC, on 25 July 1967 as the 28th Combat Support Hospital (CSH), becoming operational as an inflatable M.U.S.T. equipped hospital.

In 1990, the 28th Combat Support Hospital was the first Army Hospital to be deployed and operational in support of Operation Desert Shield, during Operation Desert Storm. The 28th CSH crossed into Iraq to support XVIII Airborne Corps and continued to provide medical care to U.S. Soldiers and Iraqi POWs as well as civilians 30 days after the termination of hostilities.

In August 1992, the 28th CSH deployed to Homestead, FL, in support of Hurricane Andrew Relief Operation.

In September 1994, the 28th CSH deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy.

In October 1995, the 28th CSH deployed to ST. Thomas, Virgin Islands in support of the Hurricane Marilyn Relief Operation.

 

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