Members of the 546th MCAS at the deployment ceremony prior to departing for Kosovo. (US Army Photo, 1st Medical Brigade).

FORT HOOD, Texas—Over 30 Soldiers from the 546th Medical Company (Area Support) have deployed to Europe for a nine-month rotation, in support of the NATO Mission in Kosovo (KFOR). The Soldiers will provide treatment and evacuation capabilities to over 3,000 service members from 28 countries. The 546th Medical Company, nicknamed the “Gators”, is part of the 61st Multifunctional Medical Battalion (MMB) and the 1st Medical Brigade, headquartered at Fort Hood.

“The Soldiers of the 546th have been training for months for this mission and they’re ready. It will be a challenging operational environment, given the many variables that the Soldiers will encounter,” said Lt. Col. Tiffany Bilderback, Commander of the 61st MMB. “The NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo will provide a unique perspective to the Soldiers about the many types of missions the Army supports.”

“We’ll be doing everything we can here at Fort Hood to support the Gators and ensure their success,” said Bilderback. “That means first of all taking care of families and making sure they’re connected and informed throughout the deployment.”