KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. Mark Fetterman, Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team engineer from Plymouth, Mass., stands on a hilly outcropping in Bak district during a foot (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers from 1st Coy, 3rd Kandak play with village children during a patrol through Sar Mast Kheyl, Zormat District Jan. 16. (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An MRAP remains idle as construction efforts surround Combat Outpost Bak and the nearby district center. ISAF, ANP and ANA members work together daily (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE – U.S. Army Spc. Kyle Oszczakiewicz, an infantryman with 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, from Trenton, N.J., scans for insurgents as 2nd Plt. receives (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Polish Battle Group A and Texas Army National Guard Ghazni ADT-IV conduct a village assessment of Pir Shabaz, a small village near Ghazni City, (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army Operations Sgt. Maj. Akhtar Muhammad takes questions from new recruits during Basic Warrior Training at Forward Operating Base Thunder Jan. 22. (click for more)
NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Spc. Michael Scarsbrook, an infantryman with Task Force Ironman, from Iowa Falls, Iowa, looks down on a spot in Tupac Jan. 21, (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Tyrik L. Holmes, assigned to 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Thunder, (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class David Davis, from Moore, Okla., the platoon sergeant of the 2-45th ADT’s security force, leads the rear security element (click for more)
NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Pfc. Corey Vanotegham, an infantry radio telephone operator from Victor, Iowa, with TF Ironman, smiles as he stands beside a Holstein cow (click for more)
The soldiers completed an extended three-month combat medical training course. The students learned valuable medical skills such as intravenous infusions, burn treatment, tactical combat casualty care and triage procedures.
“I enjoyed studying about burns,” said ANA soldier Sayed Rahim of Dai Kondi, one of the combat medic graduates. “Too many people have been burned badly in Afghanistan and I would like to be able to help treat them.”
These skills are vital to the battlefield. Afghan soldiers put them to the test a week prior to graduation in a trauma lane exercise. The trauma lanes put soldiers into a simulated battle environment intended to simulate stress similar to what they will face in real life.
“We try to make the training as realistic as possible,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Erin M. King of Polk, Pa., Forward Operating Base Lightning Medical Training Team noncommissioned officer in charge. “Because of the intensity of the training, we are confident at the end of the day that they are better prepared to handle any medical issues that they may come across on the battlefield.”
Medics go through all of the steps of tactical combat casualty care during the trauma lanes. Student serve as both medical professionals and casualties. Casualties are assessed, treated with immediate aid and then evacuated to a safe area where they receive a head-to-toe assessment and further care, if necessary.
Instructors work hands-on with their students throughout the course, but are especially vigilant during the culmination exercise.
“We help to make sure that what they are doing is correct and to standard” said U.S. Army Spc. Christopher M. Theodule of Valley Stream, N.Y., a member of the combat medic training team. “We put them under stress to help them get used to the intensity of being a real combat medic, while helping to guide them and teach them what they need to do and what they can’t do.”
Instructors and students share a sense of pride upon completion of the course.
“Watching our 30 students receive their certificates was a proud moment in this deployment,” said King. “We’ve been with this group of students longer than usual and we were able to interact with them and learn from them as well as teach them.”
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