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USAF Medical Entomology Team. MET – More Than a Concept. Deployable Ento Resources*. Very limited vector surveillance capability No UTCs for entomologist Limited equipment “If you don’t have a deployed mission or job, you can/will become a civilian” It ain’t looking good for your kind.

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Usaf medical entomology team

USAF Medical Entomology Team

MET – More Than a Concept


Deployable ento resources

Deployable Ento Resources*

  • Very limited vector surveillance capability

  • No UTCs for entomologist

  • Limited equipment

  • “If you don’t have a deployed mission or job, you can/will become a civilian”

  • It ain’t looking good for your kind

* Spray flight


Build it and they will come

Build It and They Will Come…

  • Rather than tell the AF they need better surveillance capability, why not build the team, do missions, deliver a product and see if the AF is interested in what we do?

  • What can happen over breakfast?


Usaf medical entomology team

USAFA & F.E . Warren AFB Jul 03

  • Hantavirus and Plague surveillance


Other missions

Other Missions

  • Honduras – Dengue

  • Thailand – JE

  • Iraq – Leishmaniasis, Malaria

  • Iraq

  • Thailand

  • Central America

  • CONUS – hanta, plague, tularemia, WNV


Build it and they will come1

Build It and They Will Come…

  • Rather than tell the AF they need better surveillance capability, why not build the team, do missions, deliver a product and see if the AF is interested in what we do?

  • Wow, that didn’t take long

  • I think we’re on to something. Now what do we do with ourselves?


Met proposed

Team

Entomologist

PH Technician

Lab Officer/Technician

Depending on the size of the operation, team could double to meet mission requirements

Equipment

Insect surveillance

Rodent surveillance

Processing equipment

Safety/PPE

RAPID, VecTests (malaria, WNV, EEE)

Other diagnostic equipment

Support equipment

MET Proposed


Usaf met components

MET core equipment

Medical Entomologist*

Public Health Tech

Lab Officer/tech

Core Unit

Medical Entomologist

Public Health Tech

Vector Control

CE Pest Management

Mission Specific Equipment

USAF MET Components

*cannot be modified


Why a met

Why will this team survive?

We are not on a shelf

We are out doing missions right now

We are productive

We are well connected

We have answers to questions that haven’t been asked yet

We compliment other AF assets

We have a mission!

What’s different about this team?

Mission

Public Health Mission

Leish, WNV, Hanta, plague, malaria, JE, dengue

WMD

Plague, Tularemia, Es

Training

Real World (hands on)

Relevant

People

Good People

Driven

Why a MET?


Met future met ver 2 2

MET Future (MET ver 2.2)

  • Support is already there

  • Formal request by CENTAF

  • Submit the MISCAP, CONOPS, Allowance Standards

  • Develop partnerships

  • Develop assays

  • Go to work


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