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DRILL REPORT: DoD’s Global Medic 2010 July 15-19, 2010 July 27, 2010

Posted by scmla in Drill Report.

For those who train to defend our neighborhoods and families, this should serve as a reminder that medical training is also important.

Please note the use of British military in the exercise that is casually mentioned about halfway through the article.

— Silver

DRILL REPORT: DoD’s Global Medic 2010 July 15-19, 2010

Where: Fort Gordon, Ga., Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Bush Field, Ga., Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
When: July 15-19, 2010
Who: Army Reserve, National Guard, Air National Guard, Marine Corps Reserve 6th Engineer Support Battalion and British soldiers

Global Medic 2010: Multi-service units train in national exercise
Staff Sgt. Wilson A. Rivera
Jul 22, 2010

FORT GORDON, Ga. (July 18, 2010) – Medical casualties continued to pour in from the battlefield through various simulated scenarios during the Department of Defense’s largest medical training exercise held July 15 – 19 at Fort Gordon, Ga., and Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., with use of Bush Field, Ga., and Travis Air Force Base, Calif., for aviation support.

Global Medic 2010, a five-day training exercise formerly named Golden Medic, has evolved into a joint-service medical operation to cohesively train Soldiers in a battlefield setting, synchronize tactical and clinical operations, combined with integrated support from joint service and coalition forces. Today’s medical care system offers more than a 90-percent survival rate after casualties make it from the battlefield to a theater hospital, said Col. Sheila Sidberry, deputy exercise director.

“Trained and ready interoperable formations,” is what commanders should expect from this exercise, said Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, Chief of the Army Reserve.

More than 900 participants of the Army Reserve, National Guard, Air National Guard, and British soldiers were located at Fort Gordon to make up part of an estimated 3,000 participants in the exercise. The Marine Corps Reserve 6th Engineer Support Battalion provided fuel support at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif. National Guard aviation assets and Air Force unit strategic aircrafts were used to simulate patient extractions and transportation from a theater hospital to other established regional medical facilities.

“The importance of this medical training is because this is how we operate on the battlefield … in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Stultz. “You need to learn how to work together before you get there,” he said. “You don’t want to learn how to drive a car the first time you get behind the wheel and step on the gas.

“We don’t want to learn how to work together in an operational environment treating and taking care of our wounded Soldiers the first time when we are actually together in combat.”

Combat simulated scenarios were based on battlefield casualties, attacked convoys, vehicle rollovers, improvised explosives, and chemical attacks. Training took effect from the point of injury through assessments made by medics at different levels of care provided to a live-role player or a medical simulation mannequin. Injuries ranged from basic first aid to trauma, civilian casualties on a battlefield, combat stress and other medical and dental situations.

“It gets better every year … the quality continues to improve,” said Stultz. The realism of these mannequins and the use of old uniforms on our Soldiers because of the blood squirts all over. It’s pretty realistic because the mannequin expires if the medic does something wrong as to not getting the tourniquet on in time.

“It’s better that mannequin versus a real Soldier.



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