Belgian Medical Component


The Medical Component of the Belgian Armed Forces (Dutch: Medische Component, French: Composante Médicale)[1][2] is the military medical service which provides medical support for its members in home and abroad operations, participating in humanitarian aid and providing certain services to the civilian society. The current Commander of the Medical Component is General-major Marc Ongena (since September 2021).

Medical Component of the Belgian Armed Forces
Medische Component (Dutch)
Composante Médicale (French)
Insignia of the Medical Component
Country Belgium
Allegiance King of the Belgians
Size1,378 active personnel
Part of Belgian Armed Forces
CommanderGeneral-major Marc Ongena

Organization edit

The Medical Component is commanded by a Major General and has the following organization:

  • Medical Component Operational Command (COMOPSMED), in Evere
    • Medical Component Competence Centre, in Neder-Over-Heembeek[3]
    • Queen Astrid Military Hospital, in Neder-Over-Heembeek[4]
    • 14th Medical Battalion, in Peutie and Lombardsijde[5]
      • Headquarters and Services Company, 3x medical companies (one company supports the Air Component, one company supports the Maritime Component, and one Paracommando qualified company supports the Special Operations Regiment)
    • 23rd Medical Battalion, in Leopoldsburg and Marche-en-Famenne [6]
    • 5th Medical Supplies and Distribution Element, in Nivelles

Ranks edit

Officer ranks edit

NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
  Belgian Medical Component[7]
Generaal Luitenant-generaal Generaal-majoor Brigadegeneraal Kolonel Luitenant-kolonel Majoor Kapitein-commandant Kapitein Luitenant Onderluitenant
Général Lieutenant général Général-major Général de Brigade Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Major Capitaine-commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant
General Generalleutnant Generalmajor Brigadegeneral Oberst Oberstleutnant Major Stabshauptmann Hauptmann Leutnant Unterleutnant

Other ranks edit

NATO code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
  Belgian Medical Component[7]
Adjudant-Majoor Adjudant-chef Adjudant 1ste sergeant-majoor 1ste sergeant-chef 1ste sergeant Sergeant 1ste korporaal-chef Korporaal-chef Korporaal 1ste soldaat Soldaat
Adjudant-Major Adjudant-chef Adjudant 1er sergeant-major 1er sergeant-chef 1er sergeant Sergeant 1er caporal-chef Caporal-chef Caporal 1er soldat Soldat
Majoradjutant Chefadjudant Adjudant 1er Sergeant Major 1er Sergeant Chef 1er Sergeant Sergeant 1er Korporal Chef Korporal Chef Korporal 1er soldat Soldat

Equipment edit

Weapons edit

Vehicles edit

Princely Members edit

External links edit

  • Official website of the Medical Component (in Dutch) Archived 2005-11-24 at the Wayback Machine
  • Official website of the Medical Component (in French) Archived 2005-12-01 at the Wayback Machine

References edit

  1. ^ "La Défense" (in French). Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  2. ^ "Defensie" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  3. ^ "Competentiecentrum Medische Component". Belgian Armed Forces. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Militair Hospitaal Koningin Astrid". Belgian Armed Forces. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Nieuw Bataljon bij de Medische Component". Belgian Armed Forces. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Nieuw Bataljon bij de Medische Component". Belgian Armed Forces. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  7. ^ a b "IPR Medische component". (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 20 February 2005. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  8. ^ Belgian Defense Website, Oath ceremony of Amedeo of Belgium, Astrid's Picture[permanent dead link] in colonel uniform