Mission: Providing environmental engineering, entomological sciences, and health risk management expertise in garrison and deployment locations to promote, sustain, and improve the mission readiness of EUCOM, CENTCOM, and AFRICOM.
Health Risk Management (HRM)
Mission: A comprehensive team of Force Health Protection experts committed to protecting the health and readiness of all military forces by performing onsite health risk assessments, environmental field sampling, technical training, and relevant consultation throughout the US Army Europe Command and other operational locations by request to mitigate disease and injury.
- Environmental Baseline/Closure Survey: Field surveys conducted to ensure regulatory environmental compliance pre and post military operating locations.
- Occupational Environmental Health Site Assessment: Comprehensive site survey that includes sampling across multiple disciplines to identify, evaluate, mitigate, and archive short/long-term medical health threats.
- Waste Management Assistance Visit: A waste management technical assistance visit (TAV) helps bridge hazardous materials and hazardous waste knowledge gaps and better postures RHCE facilities for continued regulatory compliance and with a focus on occupational safety.
- Training: Provide environmental sampling equipment and survey methodology training for military personnel.
Environmental Health Engineering (EHE)
Mission: To enhance Army readiness by identifying and assessing current and emerging environmental health threats, providing oversight, quality assurance, and compliance support, and developing environmental health engineering solutions for installations in the Public Health Command Europe Area of Responsibility. Primarily supports the implementation of effective drinking water management, recreational, and wastewater management programs.
- Sanitary Survey: Comprehensive site assessment of a drinking water distribution system and all related installation plans conducted triennially to ensure proper water quality to customers.
- Water Quality Compliance Monitoring: Regular monitoring and sampling of the drinking water supply to ensure that water quality meets or exceeds regulatory standards.
- Microbiological Laboratory Certification: Process which confirms that medical treatment facilities meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for performing microbiological testing for the purpose of drinking water monitoring.
- Water System Vulnerability Assessment: Assessment of the status of operation, security, and maintenance activities involving all assets associated with the potable water supply system at an installation. The goal is to eliminate or mitigate issues which could cause a disruption of water service which could adversely impact mission-critical activities and facilities on the installation.
- Water System Emergency Response Plan: A comprehensive, installation-specific plan to return the drinking water distribution system back to normal service with acceptable water quality after a disruption of water service.
- Environmental Engineering Consultation: Technical analysis and support provided in response to a specific environmental issue.
Entomological Sciences Program (ESP)
Mission: The Entomological Sciences Program strives to foster the prevention of exposure to vector-borne diseases, hazardous plants/animals and pesticides by providing expert diagnostic, investigative and educational services in direct support of Soldiers, their families, and the entire DOD community in support of garrisons, training areas, contingency and combat forces operating in USEUCOM, USCENTCOM, and USAFRICOM AORs to sustain force health protection and readiness.
- Pest species identification: Identify submitted insects, arachnids, vertebrate pests, nuisance plants, and other pest species. In addition, as part of a surveillance program, ESP can submit identified mosquitoes, ticks, and other arthropod vectors for testing by the PHCE Biological Laboratory to test for viruses, bacteria, and/or parasites as appropriate to the vector. Stored product pests can be identified with control suggestions and recommendations. Request via email for instructions on proper submission of vectors for identification and pathogen testing.
- Pesticide applicator training: Provide three-week, initial training and one-week, recertification training courses (English and German language), which meet the basic requirement for initial certification training under DoD 4150.7-P. Course completion with the minimum passing scores satisfies the formal training and testing requirements for certification in the core phase and pest management categories 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Email for upcoming course dates.
- Entomological consultation: Consultation may include pest/vector assessment, specimen collection and identification, inspection and calibration of pest control equipment, setting up surveillance programs for medically important pests capable of transmitting disease, and prevention/control recommendations.
- Pest surveillance and control/risk assessments: Provides mostly in a supervisory/consultative role, but the ESP section does have limited capability to implement directly pest surveillance & control measures. We evaluate the threat to an installation or field site by a specific vector-borne disease or suite of diseases. This service includes estimating the impact of the problems and developing countermeasures.
- Community education/risk communication/technical assistance visit: Provide briefings, classes, and other educational material on operational and institutional risk management of vector-borne and zoonotic disease. Also provide preventive medicine training on entomological aspects of the anticipated medical threat and pest management training for preventive medicine personnel, health care professionals, pest control personnel, and field sanitation teams to maintain proficiency.
- Installation pest management program review: By IMCOM request, review of the installation pest management program and procedures to determine adherence to regulatory requirements, as well as the use of sound pest management practices. Review includes consultation and documented recommendations. We ensure the final governing standards are evaluated against the DoD standards to maintain the strictest standards are being enforced.