• BAGHDAD -Staff Sgt. Jose Martinez (center) of Lebanon, Pa., rolls simulated casualty, Spc. Dean Matthews of Milton, Fla., to his side, May 17, as Cpl. Jason Rhoads of Oley, Pa. (at left) looks on. The Soldiers, from 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, are teaching a portion of the Army's Combat Lifesaver course to Soldiers of the Iraqi Army's 3rd Battalion, 24th Brigade.

    BAGHDAD -Staff Sgt. Jose Martinez (center) of...

    BAGHDAD -Staff Sgt. Jose Martinez (center) of Lebanon, Pa., rolls simulated casualty, Spc. Dean Matthews of Milton, Fla., to his side, May 17, as Cpl. Jason Rhoads of Oley, Pa. (at left) looks on. The Soldiers, from 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry...

  • BAGHDAD- Pennsylvania Army National Guard medic, Staff Sgt. Jose Martinez (center), of Lebanon, Pa., and Iraqi Army Soldiers discuss the proper placement -between the second and third ribs - for a needle chest decompression during a combat lifesaver course at Abu Ghraib May 17. Martinez, an instructor with the Guard's 166th Training Regiment, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. presented the class. He is serving with 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

    BAGHDAD- Pennsylvania Army National Guard...

    BAGHDAD- Pennsylvania Army National Guard medic, Staff Sgt. Jose Martinez (center), of Lebanon, Pa., and Iraqi Army Soldiers discuss the proper placement -between the second and third ribs - for a needle chest decompression during a combat lifesaver...

  • BAGHDAD- Using an interpreter (at right), medic Staff Sgt. Jose Martinez (center standing) of Lebanon, Pa., explains the care of a chest wound to Iraqi Army Soldiers May 17. Martinez used Spc. Dean Matthews (reclined) of Milton, Fla. and Cpl. Jason Rhoads (at left) of Oley, Pa. to demonstrate the technique. The Pennsylvania Army National Guard Soldiers are from 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

    BAGHDAD- Using an interpreter (at right), medic...

    BAGHDAD- Using an interpreter (at right), medic Staff Sgt. Jose Martinez (center standing) of Lebanon, Pa., explains the care of a chest wound to Iraqi Army Soldiers May 17. Martinez used Spc. Dean Matthews (reclined) of Milton, Fla. and Cpl. Jason...

  • BAGHDAD- Medic Staff Sgt. Jose Martinez (at right), of Lebanon, Pa., hands bags of fluid to an Iraqi medic, May 17, after presenting a portion of the Army's Combat Lifesaver course to a class of Iraqi Soldiers. Martinez taught the class at Abu Ghraib where he and other Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

    BAGHDAD- Medic Staff Sgt. Jose Martinez (at...

    BAGHDAD- Medic Staff Sgt. Jose Martinez (at right), of Lebanon, Pa., hands bags of fluid to an Iraqi medic, May 17, after presenting a portion of the Army's Combat Lifesaver course to a class of Iraqi Soldiers. Martinez taught the class at Abu Ghraib...

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Pennsylvania Guardsmen showed Iraqi Army Soldiers here, May 17, that a basic level of care can sustain an injured comrade until more advanced medical aid is available.

Medics from 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 56th Brigade Combat Team taught a portion of the Army's Combat Lifesaver course, and showed IA Soldiers that basic skills can make a big difference.

Staff Sgt. Jose Martinez of Lebanon, Pa., a company medic, showed the class how to clear an airway, how to stop bleeding and how to treat a punctured lung. Martinez said medics view casualties on a timeline.

"All we're doing is providing a standard of care to buy them more time. What we need to do is buy some minutes," Martinez said.

Martinez, who normally works as an instructor with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's 166th Training Regiment at Fort Indiantown Gap, said if a combat lifesaver-trained Soldier can buy that time for an injured Soldier, the level of care received will increase - from that provided by a CLS, to a medic's care, to care provided by an evacuation team's medics to care by doctors at field hospitals.

Bringing the CLS class to the IA Soldiers is a first step in an effort by Company D Soldiers to expand training opportunities for troops from Iraqi Army's 3rd Battalion, 24th Brigade at Abu Ghraib. The U.S. Soldiers worked with the IA in the past to conduct traffic control points but wanted to expand training into areas such as first aid and vehicle maintenance.

"Our guys have been eager to offer training to the Iraqi Army in several different capacities," Lt. John Detweiler, of Starksboro, Vt., a platoon leader with Co. D said. "And this was a first step in strengthening the relations between us and Iraqi Army by aiding them in their CLS. We hope to further that process in the future by adding more tactical training."

Martinez said teaching the class gave him a better understanding of what's involved in instructing the IA. One issue to be considered is the extra time required for a class that depends upon use of an interpreter. He and other Soldiers said future training events will be better because of groundwork laid through this first block of instruction.

"Today was the most we've interacted with them on a personal level," Cpl. Jason Rhoads, of Oley, Pa., a team leader and vehicle commander, said. "We tried to give them a basic knowledge of how they can extend somebody's life on the battlefield."

Rhoads said translation loss is one point to consider when training with IA Soldiers. He said training also has to include plenty of hands-on instruction.

"It was a good learning point for us and we'll do better next time," Rhoads said.

Rhoads, a combat lifesaver, said the CLS class is a good starting point for additional training to the IA because all Soldiers gain confidence in knowing "the guy next to you can help you."

Of Iraqi Soldiers who may become Combat Lifesavers, Martinez said he wants "to see them really care for people" and "wants them to be results-based medics." Martinez told IA Soldiers that CLS skills can be needed in everyday life and said, "Some of the worst injuries happen on post."

"You, being Soldiers, are providing the first line of treatment," Martinez told the class.

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