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Holiday Block Leave

Many U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence Soldiers will get the opportunity to return home and spend this holiday season with family and friends for “Holiday Block Leave”. In order to have a happy, healthy and safe holiday, this season, due to COVID-19 concerns, all Soldiers must wear masks while traveling. 

See below for useful information and tools:

In Holiday Block Leave News:

For a complete list of COVID safety tips and guidance, visit the CDC webpage.

All Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC), Captains Career Course (CCC) students/trainees are assigned to the 32nd Medical Brigade. Visit their webpage for contact information and a complete list of courses for the Brigade and each medical training battalion: https://medcoe.army.mil/32d-medbde. During Holiday Block Leave, you may also contact the (after-hours) Staff Duty Offices (SDO) or the HBL Hold Company (for stay-behind trainees) (see:

32nd Medical Brigade (after hours) SDO: 210-221-4208/5349

HBL Hold Company 24/7 Duty Numbers: 210-596-7143 or 210-241-2944 or 210-618-9326

RETURNING FROM HOLIDAY BLOCK LEAVE? PLEASE NOTE: Any trainee arriving back to JBSA-Fort Sam Houston before 2 January should report to the Hold Company (E/232d MED BN area of operations.  Trainees returning after 2 January should report to their Company/Battalion area. Please ensure you are self-screening for symptoms at home/before travel and report symptoms as soon as possible (See above screening form).  All trainees will be screened upon arrival and tested when applicable.  Contact your unit or staff duty for questions. See reporting information in Unit Contact Cards or Frequently asked questions (above). 

Connect to Protect! The Holidays can be a time of joy for some and a challenge for others. We understand that, but know there are resources out there to help if needed. Be there, be present, be safe.

Military Crisis (National Suicide) Hotline:

DoD SHARP Hotline: 1-202-498-4009 or text 55-247

JBSA Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-210-808-7272

JBSA On-Call Chaplain: 210-221-9363

Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

Military One Source: 1-800-342-9647

32d Brigade Military Family Life Counselor: 1-210-956-0547

Red Cross: 1-800-733-2767

Stay Connected through our #MEDCoE Social Media Pages and have a happy and #SafeArmyHoliday and #HBL2021:

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HOMEPAGE: https://www.medcoe.army.mil/