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SFFW Hosts Peer-to-Peer Medical Exchange Seminar

06 October 2022

From Petty Officer 2nd Class Sang Kim

SAN FRANCISCO – A peer-to-peer medical exchange seminar was hosted to increase interoperability between allied nations in terms of medical response during mass casualty situations, as part of the 41st annual San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW), Oct. 5.

The medical exchange gathers experts from around the world, in and out of the military, and gives them an opportunity to share their experiences.
SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 5, 2022) – Panelists speak at the peer-to-peer medical exchange as part of San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) 2022, Oct. 5, 2022. SFFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America’s sea services. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of the city and its surrounding areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sang Kim/Released)
SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 5, 2022) – Panelists speak at the peer-to-peer medical exchange as part of San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) 2022, Oct. 5, 2022. SFFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America’s sea services. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of the city and its surrounding areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sang Kim/Released)
SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 5, 2022) – Panelists speak at the peer-to-peer medical exchange as part of San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) 2022, Oct. 5, 2022. SFFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America’s sea services. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of the city and its surrounding areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sang Kim/Released)
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SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 5, 2022) – Panelists speak at the peer-to-peer medical exchange as part of San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) 2022, Oct. 5, 2022. SFFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America’s sea services. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of the city and its surrounding areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sang Kim/Released)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Sang Kim
VIRIN: 221005-N-HV010-1152


“It brings together our civilian emergency planners, public health experts and first responders with the United States Navy and Marine Corps,” said Capt. Lynelle Boamah, USN Surgeon, U.S. 3rd Fleet. “To share our collective experiences and best practices in disaster preparedness and in readiness for all hazardous events.”

In this year’s medical exchange, international medical experts from Romania and Ukraine were featured speakers.

“From our experience, no one can work alone, no one can achieve things alone,” said Dr. Raed Arafat, the secretary of state of the Romanian Ministry of the Interior. “One agency or one service cannot do it alone. We need to work with the military, we need to work with the society, local authorities, with everyone. This needs to become the basis for normal times so that we can manage during crisis times.”

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 5, 2022) – Capt. Lynelle Boamah, left, a surgeon assigned to Third Fleet, from Baltimore, and Col. Serhii Korol, right, head of the Department of Military Surgery of the Ukrainian Military Medical Academy, from Kyiv, Ukraine, pose for a photo at the peer-to-peer medical exchange as part of San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) 2022, Oct. 5, 2022. SFFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America’s sea services. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of the city and its
SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 5, 2022) – Capt. Lynelle Boamah, left, a surgeon assigned to Third Fleet, from Baltimore, and Col. Serhii Korol, right, head of the Department of Military Surgery of the Ukrainian Military Medical Academy, from Kyiv, Ukraine, pose for a photo at the peer-to-peer medical exchange as part of San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) 2022, Oct. 5, 2022. SFFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America’s sea services. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of the city and its surrounding areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sang Kim/Released)
SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 5, 2022) – Capt. Lynelle Boamah, left, a surgeon assigned to Third Fleet, from Baltimore, and Col. Serhii Korol, right, head of the Department of Military Surgery of the Ukrainian Military Medical Academy, from Kyiv, Ukraine, pose for a photo at the peer-to-peer medical exchange as part of San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) 2022, Oct. 5, 2022. SFFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America’s sea services. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of the city and its
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SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 5, 2022) – Capt. Lynelle Boamah, left, a surgeon assigned to Third Fleet, from Baltimore, and Col. Serhii Korol, right, head of the Department of Military Surgery of the Ukrainian Military Medical Academy, from Kyiv, Ukraine, pose for a photo at the peer-to-peer medical exchange as part of San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) 2022, Oct. 5, 2022. SFFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America’s sea services. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of the city and its surrounding areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sang Kim/Released)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Sang Kim
VIRIN: 221005-N-HV010-1170


All speakers discussed the critical need for interoperability and cooperation during times of crisis or anywhere with mass causalities. Not just between local or state assets between the military but with international partners.

“The need to partner and support interoperability is of paramount importance,” said Rear Adm. Guido Valdes, commander of Navy Region West, Chief of Navy Medical Service Corps. “Venues such as this exchange will continue to promote collaboration and cooperation and help us meet unforeseen challenges more effectively.”

SFFW gives the public a chance to meet and interact with their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and see first-hand the United States’ naval power and capabilities.

During this week, service members will participate in community outreach events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of the city and its surrounding areas.

For more information, please visit the San Francisco Fleet Week web site at www.fleetweeksf.org.
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