PHCR-Pacific Headquarters, located on Camp Zama, Japan, is positioned to provide public health services to Servicemembers stationed throughout Pacific Command.
Public Health Command Region- Pacific (PHCR-Pacific) draws its origins from two legacy units: the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine- Pacific (CHPPM- PAC) and the Pacific Regional Veterinary Command (PRVC).
In 1968, the U.S. Army Pacific Environmental Health Services was established in Okinawa (U.S. Army, Ryukyu Islands) to satisfy the need for increased public health support to Army installations in the Pacific. As missions grew to encompass support for installation-level programs in environmental compliance, environmental health, and occupational safety and health throughout the region, the Unit was re-designated as USACHPPM-PAC in 1995 and relocated to Camp Zama in 1997.
PRVC was established shortly after the activation of the Veterinary Command (VETCOM) in 1994. PRVC’s mission was to support the VETCOM mission by providing military veterinary service support to DoD Forces and missions throughout the Pacific Theater. This support included providing top quality veterinary medical care to military working dogs and other government-owned animals; providing quality sanitary approval and oversight of commercial food establishments; and providing the best comprehensive food safety and quality assurance programs. PRVC’s 150 personnel provided veterinary service support at 57 separate duty sites on 28 Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps installations in six countries throughout the Pacific. In addition to animal care, PRVC personnel helped to ensure a safe food supply for service members by monitoring and inspecting over 345 commercial food production establishments in 18 Asia-Pacific countries. The three subordinate Veterinary Districts traced their individual lineages to units established in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.
On 11 July 2011, the United States Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine merged with the legacy VETCOM and was officially re-designated the U.S. Army Public Health Command. The renaming of the USACHPPM-PAC to PHCR-Pacific on 31 August 2011 symbolized the integration of both USACHPPM-PAC and PRVC. As a result of this integration, PHCR-Pacific now provides public health and veterinary services support throughout the Pacific through its three subordinate public health command districts (PHCDs) [PHCD-CENPAC in Hawaii, PHCD-WESPAC in Guam, and PHCD-Japan on at Camp Zama], its regional headquarters on Camp Zama, its regional headquarters element in Hawaii, technical services and laboratory in Japan, and its forward element in Korea.
Task Organization of Public Health Command Region- Pacific