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.
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 * Spray flight
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?
USAFA & F.E . Warren AFB Jul 03 • Hantavirus and Plague surveillance
Other Missions • Honduras – Dengue • Thailand – JE • Iraq – Leishmaniasis, Malaria • Iraq • Thailand • Central America • CONUS – hanta, plague, tularemia, WNV
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?
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
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 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) • Support is already there • Formal request by CENTAF • Submit the MISCAP, CONOPS, Allowance Standards • Develop partnerships • Develop assays • Go to work