• CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Medics gather around Sgt. 1st Class Romond Davis, the brigade surgeon cell noncommissioned officer in charge, playing the role of a collapsed patient during a combat medic sustainment course. Members of 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion conducted the week-long training for 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division medics as a way to hone their skills and instruct others after they redeploy stateside. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Bryce Dubee, 4th SBCT PAO, 2nd Inf. Div., USD-C)

    Collapsed patient

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Medics gather around Sgt. 1st Class Romond Davis, the brigade surgeon cell noncommissioned officer in charge, playing the role of a collapsed patient during a combat medic sustainment course. Members of 422nd Civil Affairs...

  • CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Sgt. John Lusk, a medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 255th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, uses a stethoscope to check the blood pressure and pulse of his "patient," Sgt. Travis Nault, of Company B, 2nd Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment, during a combat medic sustainment course. Members of 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion conducted the week-long training for 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division medics as a way to hone their skills and teach instruct others after they redeploy stateside. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Bryce Dubee, 4th SBCT PAO, 2nd Inf. Div., USD-C)

    Checking blood pressure

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Sgt. John Lusk, a medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 255th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, uses a stethoscope to check the blood pressure and pulse of his "patient," Sgt. Travis Nault, of Company B, 2nd Battalion 23rd...

  • CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Spc. Amy Billups, a medic with Company C, 702nd Brigade Support Battalion, uses a stethoscope to listen to the breathing of her "patient," Sgt. Travis Nault, of Company B, 2nd Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment, during a combat medic sustainment course. Members of 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion conducted the week-long training for 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division medics as a way for them to hone their skills and instruct others after they redeploy stateside. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Bryce Dubee, 4th SBCT PAO, 2nd Inf. Div., USD-C)

    Listening to breathing

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Spc. Amy Billups, a medic with Company C, 702nd Brigade Support Battalion, uses a stethoscope to listen to the breathing of her "patient," Sgt. Travis Nault, of Company B, 2nd Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment, during a combat medic...

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - It's understood that combat medics won't always be in combat and that upon redeploying they'll return to their roles of treating and caring for troops in a garrison environment.

To help prepare their medics for a future redeployment and to enable them to train others, the leaders of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, enlisted the help of two National Registry paramedics from 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion to teach a combat medic sustainment course.

Focusing on three functional areas - pre-hospital trauma life support, advanced medical life support and tactical combat casualty care - the week-long course not only taught the students the course material but also how to teach it to others as well, explained Capt. Gary Grassi, a civil affairs team leader with Company B, 422nd CA Bn. and one of the two Army Reserve Soldiers who taught the class.

"The goal is to build a core group of instructors," said Sgt. 1st Class David Crowley, a Special Operations medical sergeant with 422nd and the other course instructor.
In addition to 4th Bde., Soldiers, medics from nearby units participated in the training, including from the two local troop medical clinics.

Witmer TMC nurse Capt. Beth Acker, said the course has many benefits for her Soldiers.
"It's refreshing them of things they don't get to do every day," she said, adding that going beyond just treating traumatic injuries, the course deals with how to identify and treat ailments affecting patients that the medics may encounter on scene.
"It gets their critical thinking going," Acker said.

The materials being taught comprise more than just off-the-cuff training by two experienced medical professionals: they are structured courses accepted by both national and international medical organizations, Crowley explained.

"We try to bridge the gap between civilian and military training," the Richmond, Va. native and critical care flight paramedic said. "If [the students] move away from the military world, they actually have some skills recognized in the civilian world."

By focusing more on overall medical training than just treatment of traumatic injuries like the ones they would only see in combat, the medics are able to expand their skills in a broader way, explained Sgt. 1st Class Romond Davis, the brigade surgeon cell noncommissioned officer in charge.

"The training was very informative, very good for when we go back [home]," he said, explaining that the second half of the course taught the attendees how to set up training on all the topics they learned in the first half. "We'll be able to stand up our own team ... to do a lot of in-house training."

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