• BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jim Slaughter (right) of Headquarters Troop, 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, reviewed key points from a previous patient assessment class before turning the class over to an Iraqi medic (front) to teach the junior enlisted combat lifesaving techniques, July 29. The class is the third in a series of eight that will equip the Iraqi soldiers with basic techniques to utilize at checkpoint stations.

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jim Slaughter (right) of...

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jim Slaughter (right) of Headquarters Troop, 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, reviewed key points from a previous patient assessment class before turning the class over to an Iraqi medic (front) to...

  • BAGHDAD -- Iraqi medic Saif Salim Hassan (center), of 2nd Company, 23rd Brigade, 17th Division, teaches basic lifesaving techniques to junior enlisted Soldiers July 29 while Sgt. Edward Woolwine (far left), of 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, 30th Heavy brigade Combat Team observes. Sgt. Jim Slaughter (second from left) and Woolwine, both of Princeton, W. Va., are U.S. medics teaching a series of combat lifesaver classes to the Iraqi soldiers based out of Joint Security Station Knight. The class began with one student, but ended with nearly 10 soldiers who stopped to observe and ask questions.

    BAGHDAD -- Iraqi medic Saif Salim Hassan...

    BAGHDAD -- Iraqi medic Saif Salim Hassan (center), of 2nd Company, 23rd Brigade, 17th Division, teaches basic lifesaving techniques to junior enlisted Soldiers July 29 while Sgt. Edward Woolwine (far left), of 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron...

  • BAGHDAD - Iraqi medic Saif Salim Hassan (center), of 2nd Company, 23rd Brigade, 17th Division, taught basic lifesaving techniques to junior enlisted soldiers while Sgt. Edward Woolwine (forefront), of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, 30th Heavy brigade Combat Team observed, July 29. Woolwine, of Princeton, W. Va., is one of the U.S. medics teaching a series of combat lifesaving classes to the Iraqi Army based out of Joint Security Station Knight. The class began with one student, but ended with nearly 10 Soldiers who stopped to observe and ask questions.

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi medic Saif Salim Hassan...

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi medic Saif Salim Hassan (center), of 2nd Company, 23rd Brigade, 17th Division, taught basic lifesaving techniques to junior enlisted soldiers while Sgt. Edward Woolwine (forefront), of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 150th Armored...

  • BAGHDAD - Iraqi medic, Saif Salim Hassan (center), of 2nd Company, 23rd Brigade, 17th Division, locates the area to stick a needle for a collapsed lung during a basic combat lifesaving class at Joint Security Station Knight, July 29. Sgt. Jim Slaughter (right), of Princeton, W. Va., is one of the U.S. medics who observed as Hassan taught the technique to the junior enlisted soldiers. This was the third class in a series of eight the Iraqi medics have received from medics of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, 30th Heavy brigade Combat Team.

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi medic, Saif Salim Hassan...

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi medic, Saif Salim Hassan (center), of 2nd Company, 23rd Brigade, 17th Division, locates the area to stick a needle for a collapsed lung during a basic combat lifesaving class at Joint Security Station Knight, July 29. Sgt. Jim Slaughter...

  • BAGHDAD -- Iraqi medic, Saif Salim Hassan, of 2nd Company, 23rd Brigade, 17th Division, locates the area to stick a needle for a collapsed lung during a basic combat lifesaving class at Joint Security Station Knight, July 29. Afterwards, Hassan taught the technique to the Iraqi junior enlisted Soldiers. This was the third class in a series of eight the Iraqi Army has received from medics of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, 30th Heavy brigade Combat Team. The squadron is based in Bluefield, W. Va.

    BAGHDAD -- Iraqi medic, Saif Salim Hassan, of...

    BAGHDAD -- Iraqi medic, Saif Salim Hassan, of 2nd Company, 23rd Brigade, 17th Division, locates the area to stick a needle for a collapsed lung during a basic combat lifesaving class at Joint Security Station Knight, July 29. Afterwards, Hassan taught...

BAGHDAD - Two medics from the 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, taught Iraqi Army medics basic combat lifesaving skills at Joint Security Station Knight, south of Baghdad, July 29.

This was the third class in a series of eight in which squadron medics Sgt. Jim Slaughter and Sgt. Edward Woolwine, both of Princeton, W. Va., teach two medical skills sets to Iraqi medics, then return in two weeks to observe them teaching those skills to their junior enlisted.

"The purpose of the training is to help the Iraqis train their junior enlisted basic combat lifesaving techniques," said Slaughter.

Needle decompression and patient assessment were the topics of the day as Iraqi medic Saif Salim Hassan, of 2nd Company, 23rd Brigade, 17th Division, taught the class while Slaughter and Woolwine observed.

The most recent class began with one student, but ended with nearly 10 Soldiers who stopped to observe and ask questions.

"We don't have enough trained medics," said Iraqi Warrant Officer Thair Azwoz Hassan. "It's hard to get the soldiers here from the checkpoints for the training because they are too far away."

"We train a few here and they can go out to the checkpoints to train the others," said Slaughter.

Slaughter and Woolwine provided instructions in English and Arabic for the Iraqi medics. They also brought medical supplies for training aids and left enough supplies for the Iraqis to train their soldiers.

"They are very receptive and appreciative of us going out there to help them out," said Woolwine.

"I would like to see them go through the crawl, walk and run method before I go," said Capt. Urlin Mathews, of Clarksburg, W.Va., the grader and overseer of the classes.

"This is a great opportunity for our guys to work with their counterparts," said Mathews. "Today was a successful day."

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