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Task Force Koa Moana 23 Supports Our Training in Palau

Navy officers with Task Force Koa Moana 23 participated in delivering our Public Health Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Training in Koror, Palau July 17-21, 2023. LCDR James Harwood, Entomologist, and LT Jarred Gray, Environmental Health Officer, lead small group discussions relating to preventive medicine considerations during emergency response.  The two shared their real-world experience and expertise in managing disease outbreaks during military operations and disaster response.

“Our Navy colleagues displayed a masterful command of environmental public health subject matter expertise,” said Dr. David Dyjack, National Environmental Health Association Executive Director. “The spontaneous repartee between the Navy and NEHA instructors made for a dynamic and engaging classroom environment.”

LCDR Harwood led training in integrated pest management, mosquito control during natural disasters, and rodent borne disease mitigation. LT Gray provided training in solid waste and wastewater management during disasters and assisted the NEHA team in teaching participants how to conduct food borne disease outbreak response and the foundations of epidemiology during natural disasters. The Koa Moana 23 team also directed tabletop exercises to allow participants to apply what they learned from the lectures. The exercises help illustrate the complexity of the public health considerations during disaster response.

“This partnership with NEHA has given Koa Moana the opportunity to engage with regional public health experts in a unique forum, allowing us to learn from each other,” said LCDR Harwood. “The overall training program built better relationships among the participants and improved each of our understandings of environmental health considerations during natural disasters in the Pacific Islands.”


Contact 1stLt Arthur Deal, USMC at arthur.deal@usmc.mil