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Medical Component of the Belgian Armed Forces
Logo Composante Medicale (Armee Belge).svg
Insignia of the Medical Component
Active 2002-present: Medical Component
Country Belgium Belgium
Size 2,000 personnel
Commanders
Commander Major General Geert Laire

The Medical Component of the Belgian Armed Forces (Dutch language: Medische Component , French language: Composante Médicale) is the military medical service which provides medical support for its members in home and abroad operations, participating in humanitarian aid and providing certain services to the civilian society. The current Commander of the Medical Component is Major General Geert Laire[1]

Organisation

The Medical Component consists of the following units:

  • A medical operational command (COMOPSMED), located in Evere.
  • 4 Operational Medical Centres (CMO), located in Brussels, Leopoldsburg, Marche-en-Famenne and Zeebrugge. These centres have a number of so-called Medical Antennas at their disposal, spread across the area for which they are responsible, as well as Advanced Medical Elements (EMA) in order to guarantee medical support for operations and exercises.
  • 3 Medical Intervention Elements (EMI), located in Destelbergen, Ghlin and Landen, which provide the means of transportation for the wounded as well as more specialised medical care in the field.
  • A Medical Technical Intervention Element (EMI-Tech), located in Nivelles, which is responsible for medical supplies in Belgium and abroad.
  • The Military Hospital of Neder-Over-Heembeek.

Equipment

Weapons

Vehicles

  • Agusta A109 Medevac
  • John Deere M-Gator
  • M113 Ambulance
  • MAN Shelter
  • Pandur 6X6 Ambulance
  • Renault Premium Cargo
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Unimog Ambulance 4X4
  • Volvo 10T
  • Volvo Recovery
  • Volkswagen Ambulance LT35
  • Refrigerator Plasma Volvo (Thermoking)
  • Jeep 4X4 Bombardier
  • Volvo 10T Cargo (6X4)
  • Ford Transit Ambulance

Princely Members

OF-5 BEL Med comp Kolonel.gif
  • Princess Astrid of Belgium is Colonel of the Medical Component.[2]

External links

References

  1. Medical Component Website, Commander Page
  2. Belgian Defense Website, Oath ceremony of Amedeo of Belgium, Astrid's Picture in colonel uniform

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