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MIESAU, Germany — The Army’s last remaining MASH unit is heading to U.S. Central Command region of responsibility.

The 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, based at Miesau, has received deployment orders, said Lt. Col. Brian McNerney, a U.S. Army Europe spokesman. Central region encompasses Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Central Asia and parts of Africa.

The 212th has had the orders for some time, at least more than 24 hours, McNerney said.

The unit already has shipped its infrastructure and medical equipment, and soldiers in the unit should deploy by mid-February, said Hilde Patton, a V Corps spokeswoman.

Army officials told some members of the unit to expect to leave this week.

Officials at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany held a departure ceremony for the men and women of the MASH late last week, an official at the medical center said Tuesday. Many of the medical center’s health care providers are a part of the unit.

The MASH belongs to and supports the Army’s V Corps, based in Heidelberg, officials said.

Several other units from V Corps recently received deployment orders for the Middle East region.

In December, those receiving orders — all from Germany — were the 130th Engineer Brigade, Bamberg; 3rd Corps Support Command, Frankfurt; 22nd Signal Brigade, Darmstadt; and the 94th Engineer Battalion, Vilseck.

In January, those that have received orders to deploy to the Central region, all from Germany, are: the 12th Aviation Brigade out of Giebelstadt, flying UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters; the 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 11th Attack Helicopter Regiment, Illesheim; the 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, flying AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters; the 130th Engineer Brigade, 54th Engineer Battalion, Bamberg; the 17th Signal Battalion, Kitzingen; and 18th Military Police Brigade, Mannheim.

The MASH unit normally mobilizes with an emergency room, operating rooms, decontamination section, intensive care rooms, a laboratory, radiology section and a pharmacy, MASH officials said August.

The unit may also bring its own dining facility, laundry, bath, medical maintenance and transportation sections.

Army officials can deploy the MASH in different sizes, ranging from small to large hospitals and configurations depending on the operating environment.

However, Army officials could not disclose the magnitude of the deployment or how many servicemembers are leaving, Patton said.


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