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Medical Evacuation Proponency Division

Director, MEPD

Col. Stephen A. Barnes

Chief, MEPD

Col. Stephen (Steve) A. Barnes is a native of Madison, Wisconsin, and earned his commission in the Medical Service Corps through Army ROTC at Wheaton College in May 1991. Barnes' duty assignments include service at Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Korea; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Alaska; HRC; and White Sands Missile Range with combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as operational deployments to Bosnia and Central America. More



Serves as the Capability Developer for Army Aeromedical Evacuation (per AR 40-60). Provides guidance and direction for the development of medical evacuation operational concepts and capability requirements across Unified Land Operations for the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD).

Key Tasks

  1. Develop Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) Concepts
  2. Determine and Document AE Capability Requirements
  3. Develop AE Upgrade and Modernization Strategies
  4. Develop/Refine AE Unit Designs and Force Structure
  5. Develop/Refine AE Manpower Structure (ICW AMEDD Personnel Proponent)
  6. Serve as the AE 'User Representative' in the Acquisition Process
  7. Chair/Facilitate AE Enterprise Forum
  8. Manage the Shared and Specified Requirements of the VCSA AE Charter of 2004 (ICW USAACE)
  9. Chair the AMEDDC&S/HRCoE Medical Evacuation ICDT
  10. Provide Subject Matter Expertise for Army AE


Army AE maintains America's trust as an adaptable, capable, expeditionary, and ready force multiplier that enables combatant commanders the ability to respond, prevent, shape, and win while achieving a 95% patient evacuation survivability rate.

For more information, call (334) 255-1166 or visit the Medical Evacuation Proponency Division website on AKO.

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