Apparently, the Secretary of Defense approves DoD sponsored conferences like the 2012 Military Health System Research Symposium. The attendees of this beachfront party at Marriot Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale must be hoping the 2013 conference will be a go too.
“The four-day symposium, sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, and organized by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, is a joint effort supported by the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, and brings together scientific leaders and researchers from throughout the world.”
While our soldiers overseas were being maimed, burned, blown up, and killed, these arrogant people enjoyed a 4-day fabulous holiday with some talking heads and corporate exhibits thrown in. I think it’s disgusting to hold this event in an ultra-luxury resort (see Frommer’s review).
“This is the first time that we are combining three previously separate conferences into one joint conference by the Army, Navy, and Air Force,” said Col. Dallas Hack, chair of the MHSRS. “We now have a broader range of topics. Before it was primarily trauma care, and now it is this plus infectious disease, operational medicine, medical simulation and training, and force health protection. The interest thus far has been truly amazing.”
I bet the tab to the taxpayer for this rich R & R scheme is pretty amazing too Col. Hack.