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​Communication Committee​
Chair: Andrew Fisher
SOF Medic Advisor: SFC Paul Loos
The Communications Committee is responsible for oversight of the SOMA website and communications through our social media platforms.
 
Education Committee
Chair: Dennis Jarema​
SOF Medic Advisor: ​TBD
The Education Committee is responsible for curating and distributing educational content beyond the annual Scientific Assembly.

Historical Committee
Chair: MSG (Ret) Sammy Rodriguez
The Historical Committee collects and maintains SOMA’s history for future generations dedicated to serving our country.

International Committee
Chair: Sandro "Rabbit" Heinrich
The International Committee serves as a conduit to exchange information between U.S. and international medics to advance the practice of SOF and tactical medicine.

Membership Committee
Co-Chair: SFC (Ret) Mike Jackson
Co-Chair: John Steinbaugh
The Membership Committee is responsible for assisting the association with the recruitment and retention of members.
 
Nominating Committee 
Master Chief (Ret) Steve Viola

Prolonged Field Care 
Chair: LTC Jamie Riesberg
SOF Medic Advisor: SFC Paul Loos
The Prolonged Field Care Committee oversees the PFC Working Group’s efforts to develop a forum for discussion, education and training, and suggests medical efforts to better prepare Special Operations Forces for medical and operational planning, and execution of medical evaluation, treatment and evacuation, of critical and serious casualties, managed in an austere environment.

Research Committee
Chair: COL (Ret) Gary Gilbert, PhD
SOF Medic Advisor: TBD
The Research Committee directs SOMA’s efforts toward developing and supporting research in the field of SOF and tactical medicine. The committee is responsible for gathering and reviewing research abstracts submitted for presentation at the annual scientific assembly. 

Scholarship Committee
Chair: Taylor George, DrPH​ 
SOF Medic Advisor: TBD
The SOMA Scholarship Fund was established to recognize the significant contributions enlisted SOF Medics have made to our country and to provide them with limited assistance to offset the costs of higher education. The Scholarship Committee administers the SOMA Scholarship Fund program.

Second Half Initiative
Co-Chair: 1LT James Johnston
Co-Chair: Karl Holt
The Second Half Initiative Committee directs medic members to resources that will allow them to start a new career in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, etc. The Second Half Initiative helps former SOF medics and Tactical EMTs t​ransition into new careers.

SOMSA Program Committee​
Chair: COL Melissa Givens​
The SOMSA Program Committee works with the staff to develop the annual scientific assembly program and labs, to procure presenters and to assist with delivery of the program during the event.
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