196th MSU doctor assists with international training event

By Spc. Glenn M. Anderson
221st Public Affairs Detachment

Photo of Maj. James Joubert
RHINE ORDNANCE BARRACKS, Germany – Maj. James Joubert, a physician with the 196th Medical Support Unit of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s 7th Civil Support Command, and a native of New Orleans, poses with, from left, Bulgarian Army Sgt. Peter Evgeniev Dzhongov, Bulgarian Army Lt. Col. Georgi M. Malinov, and Bulgarian Army Sgt. Tsvetan I. Petrov, during a training event, May 17. (Photo by Spc. Glenn M. Anderson, 221st Public Affairs Detachment, 7th CSC, 21st TSC)

RHINE ORDNANCE BARRACKS, Germany — An Army Reserve physician, assigned to the 196th Medical Support Unit of the 7th Civil Support Command, assisted in a partner nation training event with the Bulgarian Army, May 14-18.

Maj. James Joubert, neurologist, and a native of New Orleans, shared his expertise in the training that focused on increasing understanding of the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear equipment and consequence management environments.

“This is really gratifying to participate in promoting a partnership with a similar unit from a foreign country,” said Joubert. “This unique opportunity allows for me to increase my medical skills as an Army physician. I enjoy being a part of this process, as it is so radically different from what I do in my civilian capacity.”

When not participating in unit training each month, Joubert works as a Department of the Army civilian neurologist at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. He is one of only 10 neurologists in the U.S. Army Reserve.

“I am excited for the 196th MSU and their opportunity of being able to work with the 773rd Civil Support Team in the months to come,” said Joubert. “In comparison to units that I have worked with in the past, this is a specialized niche that the 196th MSU is creating for itself.”

This is not the first time that Joubert has worked with foreign military members.

“We were tasked to evaluate and make recommendations to a foreign military hospital as to how they could process and deliver their medical care,” said Joubert.

“Major Joubert is an expert in his field,” said Col. Jenifer J. Hug, commander of the 196th MSU, and a native of Loyal, Wis. “It has been a pleasure having someone of his stature in our unit.”

When asked about the experience of working with his fellow reservists, Joubert said, “It has been a pleasure working with the 7th CSC. The Soldiers here are clearly masters of their trade.”

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