Medical Merit

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Gragg, U.S. Army Medical Command, and Lt. Col. Randolph Harrison, commander of Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Troop Command, present the O2M3 to Fort Hood’s latest inductees, Master Sgt. Veronica Phillips and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Vatcher Nov. 18 at III Corps Headquarters. 

More than 50 of the Army’s enlisted medical professionals from across III Corps and Fort Hood gathered to take part in the Operational Enlisted Medical Summit from Nov. 18-19 on Fort Hood.

Members from all 16 of the Army’s medical military occupational specialty fields were in attendance. They were allowed to speak about the inner workings of their day-to-day operations, as well as discuss the future plans of their career field.

“I think it’s extremely important to have these so that we can understand everybody’s unique perspectives based on their experiences and what’s hitting at home with them,” Master Sgt. Richard Jarrett, noncommissioned officer in charge of the Center for Prehospital Medicine at the Army Medical Center of Excellence, said.

The summit, which primarily focused on the synchronization of senior leaders within the medical field, covered a wide range of topics and events.

“There’s multiple great ideas out there, but you could be duplicating work by you doing that great idea,” Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Gragg, senior enlisted advisor for U.S. Army Medical Command, said. “You combine your resources together to get a better outcome.”

Among the things covered in the summit, an Order of Military Medical Merit, or O2M3, induction ceremony took place.

The O2M3 is a private organization that was founded by the commanding general of the U.S. Army Health Services Command in 1982 with the goal of recognizing excellence and promoting fellowship and esprit de corps among Army Medical Department personnel.

Membership into O2M3 is signified with the presentation of a white brass or sterling silver medallion on a maroon ribbon and denotes distinguished service.

For a service member to be inducted into the O2M3, they must be nominated by current member and show a pattern of good medical service for at least 10 years.

“It allows Soldiers to be recognized for their sustained excellence,” said Gragg. “There’s a lot of individuals who are out there that have had sustained excellence over their career. These are the ones nominated by their peers.”

Gragg shared his advice for new Soldiers in the medical field who are interested in the O2M3.

“Just do your best,” Gragg said. “Every day is a day for you to show your work and improve yourself and your craft”.

Some of the other things discussed over this two-day summit were medical skills readiness, Army health systems, tactical strength and conditioning and the Army Combat Fitness Test.

“For the past few days, I’ve seen the III Corps medical system come together to discuss their way ahead and how they want to position themselves in medicine to better support III Corps and its organizations around the world,” Gragg said.