Delk Honored for Service in Middle East

July 7, 2016

Dr. Gerald Delk on deployment in the Middle East

Dr. Gerald Delk, on deployment in the Middle East

ESP emergency physician Dr. Gerald Delk recently returned from his third deployment to the Middle East, where he served as a Shock Trauma Medical Officer with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command from July 2015 to May 2016.

Upon arriving overseas, Delk’s Shock Trauma Section was pushed out to Task Force Al Asad, Iraq, to cover down on a vital need for damage control resuscitation capability for combat injuries suffered by Iraqi security forces in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While there, Delk helped coordinate and integrate his Navy shock trauma team with a Danish medical team and Army forward surgical team to provide trauma care in support of combat operations for the Task Force and host nation forces in their fight against Da’esh (ISIS).

During the deployment, Delk’s Shock Trauma Team resuscitated and stabilized some of the most prolific injuries encountered by host nation forces during six successful offensive combat operations in the Euphrates River Valley that eventually pushed ISIS out of the region.

Commander Delk’s duties required the advisement and communication to the Task Force Command regarding all medical service operations including: daily sick call reporting, trauma activations, battle and non-battle trends, Chemical, Biological, Radiologic, and Nuclear susceptibility and planning, and mass causality contingency planning.

Furthermore, he provided medical training and coordinated patient movement with host nation forces as part of the Building Partnership Capacity mission for the Task Force. This resulted in the first incorporation of an Iraqi staffed en-route care team to transport critically injured host nation patients to a higher level of care aligning Iraqi medical treatment protocols towards coalition force standards. Delk also organized and conducted the first inter-theater evacuation exercise involving coalition forces to test medical capabilities since the return of US forces with combat operations in Iraq.

At the end of his deployment, Delk was awarded the Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (2nd award), Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Navy Marine Corps Overseas Ribbon, and earned his Fleet Marine Forces Officer Warfare Device with 1st Marine Expeditionary Forces. Currently, Delk serves as the Navy Reserve Medicine Emergency Medicine Specialty Leader to the Navy Surgeon General and has returned home to resume his civilian practice with ESP in the Austin area.