As Capt. Hook’s, we had the opportunity to work with military students in the Uniformed Services University, first providing the dive boat, captain and crew for a Dive Medicine course. This course was taught by dive instructors who worked for Dive Key West, Inc. and medical professionals, associated with Uniformed Services University, all with combat field experience.
Our role at Captain Hook’s expanded when we purchased Dive Key West, Inc, to take our dive business further down the Florida Keys, but as important, to expand it further into a much needed focus of saving lives when accidents occur at sea.
MTAC, Medical Training in Austere Conditions, is a business whose origins come from a core belief that we can get better at saving lives under conditions that are far from perfect if we learn and train with those that have done this in the field and have saved lives. We also understood that this training is not readily available to people in the medical, public health and emergency fields, and we have the formula to bring it to those people who need it.
We have committed ourselves to re-defining “golden hour” which is so critical to saving a life, and we have made the commitment to bring it to as many people as we can to save more lives.
Dr. MATTHEW D. WELDER
DNP, CRNA, FAWM, DiMM, DiDMM, TEC. MN’18, US ARMY LTC(R) MEDICAL DIRECTOR: MEDICAL TRAINING in AUSTERE CONDITIONS (MTAC)
Dr. Welder is a board-certified anesthesia provider and retired Army officer who is nationally recognized as an innovative leader in operational readiness.
He developed the operational readiness programs of study for Dive Medicine, Military Mountain Medicine Course, Cold Weather Medicine and Avalanche 1 at USU.
He served as the lead subject matter expert in the development and training of the Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical Team – Africa and focuses his operational training on clinical, physical, emotional and operational readiness platforms.
His efforts were pivotal in developing readiness and high reliability within the Military Health System.
During his military career, Dr. Welder served as an expert in operational medicine with multiple special operations combat deployments and remains clinically relevant in anesthesia. He is an out of the box thinker, with a motivation to educate the future clinicians.
Dr. Welder provides an environment where hospital providers can use their clinical skills and adapt them to the austere environment. Learning to save lives out of a backpack.
Military & Operational Background
He deployed as an anesthesia provider to Abu Ghraib, Iraq. In 2007 he was selected to join the Joint Special Operations Command where he deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a special mission task force.
He was then assigned to Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital (BAACH), Seoul, South Korea. After a successful tour where he served as the Chief, Anesthesia and Chief, Quality Management Division at BAACH he was hand selected for assignment to the Office of the Surgeon General and served as the Chief of Strategic Engagements within the Commander’s Action Group and as the 1st Director of the Surgical Services Service Line.
Dr. Welder‘s has attended the AMEDD Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, in– residence Command and General Staff College (Fort Gordon, GA), Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape; High Risk (SERE), Combat Casualty Care Course.
Dr. Welder’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Superior Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze star, Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon x3.
Dr. Welder has been awarded the Combat Medical, the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Order of Military Medical Merit and is a Distinguished Member of the United States Army Medical Department Regiment. He was the recipient of the 2017 USU Alumni of the Year award, 2017 US Army Quarterly and Annual Wolfpack Award.
He was selected as 2017 Graduation Marshal. Dr. Welder retired after 20 years Active Army Federal Service as a Lieutenant Colonel.