• Soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Immediate Response Unit (FARDC UMIR) demonstrate opening a patients airway, during classroom training in Kinshasa, DRC, Sept. 7. Members are participating in MEDFLAG 10, a joint military training exercise between the U.S. military and FARDC soldiers to enhance emergency response capabilities in the region.

    Sharing medical techniques in Congo

    Soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Immediate Response Unit (FARDC UMIR) demonstrate opening a patients airway, during classroom training in Kinshasa, DRC, Sept. 7. Members are participating in MEDFLAG 10, a joint...

  • Spc. Ricky Smith (center), 814th Army Medical Support Company, Detachment 1, based in Grand Forks, N.D., reviews casualty evaluation procedures Friday with soldiers and medics of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo during MEDFLAG 10. Smith, from Fargo, N.D., was one of 40 U.S. service members who exchanged training on medical techniques and procedures with their Congolese counterparts at the Command and Staff College in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sept. 10.

    Sharing medical techniques in Congo

    Spc. Ricky Smith (center), 814th Army Medical Support Company, Detachment 1, based in Grand Forks, N.D., reviews casualty evaluation procedures Friday with soldiers and medics of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo during MEDFLAG 10...

  • Members of the 814th Army Support Medical Company based in Bismarck, N.D., instruct Soldiers from the FARDC Immediate Response Unit (UMIR) on patient assesment in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The units are participating in MEDFLAG 10 a joint military training exercise between the U.S. military and FARDC to enhance emergency response capabilities in the region.

    Sharing medical techniques in Congo

    Members of the 814th Army Support Medical Company based in Bismarck, N.D., instruct Soldiers from the FARDC Immediate Response Unit (UMIR) on patient assesment in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The units are participating in MEDFLAG 10 a joint...

  • Sgt. Brian Thompson of Bismarck, N.D. teaches members of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo how to evaluate a casualty. Thompson, a member of the 814th Army Medical Support Company based in Bismarck, is in the DRC as part of MEDFLAG 10 a joint military training exercise between the U.S. military and FARDC soldiers to enhance emergency response capabilities in the region.

    Sharing medical techniques in Congo

    Sgt. Brian Thompson of Bismarck, N.D. teaches members of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo how to evaluate a casualty. Thompson, a member of the 814th Army Medical Support Company based in Bismarck, is in the DRC as part of MEDFLAG...

  • Spc. Brooke Glatt of Bismarck, N.D., teaches members of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo how to evaluate a casualty. Glatt, a member of the 814th Army Medical Support Company based in Bismarck, is in the DRC as part of MEDFLAG 10, a joint military training exercise between the U.S. military and FARDC soldiers to enhance emergency response capabilities in the region.

    Sharing medical techniques in Congo

    Spc. Brooke Glatt of Bismarck, N.D., teaches members of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo how to evaluate a casualty. Glatt, a member of the 814th Army Medical Support Company based in Bismarck, is in the DRC as part of MEDFLAG 10, a...

  • Staff Sgt. Timothy Bailey of Grand Forks, N.D., portrays a casualty during training with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo Sept. 9 in Kinshasa, DRC. Bailey, a member of the 814th Army Support Medical Company, Detachment 1, based in Grand Forks, N.D., is participating in MEDFLAG 10 a joint training exercise between U.S. military and FARDC soldiers to enhance emergency response capabilities in the region.

    Sharing medical techniques in Congo

    Staff Sgt. Timothy Bailey of Grand Forks, N.D., portrays a casualty during training with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo Sept. 9 in Kinshasa, DRC. Bailey, a member of the 814th Army Support Medical Company, Detachment 1, based in...

  • Sgt. Kyle Rittenbach of Bismarck, N.D., portrays a casualty during training with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sept. 9 in Kinshasa, DRC. Rittenbach, a member of the 814th Army Support Medical Company based in Bismarck, N.D., is participating in MEDFLAG 10 a joint training exercise between U.S. military and FARDC soldiers to enhance emergency response capabilities in the region.

    Sharing medical techniques in Congo

    Sgt. Kyle Rittenbach of Bismarck, N.D., portrays a casualty during training with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sept. 9 in Kinshasa, DRC. Rittenbach, a member of the 814th Army Support Medical Company based in Bismarck, N.D., is...

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo Aca,!" Approximately 40 U.S. service members shared medical techniques and procedures with their Congolese counterparts Friday at the Command and Staff College in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of MEDFLAG 10.

Aca,!A"We are showing them how we approach patient care, giving them pointers and seeing what we can do to help improve and fine tune their skills,Aca,!A? said Sgt. Stuart Hammer of Mandan, N.D., a combat medic with the 814th Army Support Medical Company, Detachment 1, based in Grand Forks.

U.S. service members are exchanging medical techniques with the Armed Forces of Democratic Republic of Congo Immediate Response Unit (FARDC UMIR) and medics, who are the Congolese militaryAca,!a,,cs first responders to disasters.

Aca,!A"We taught classes on malaria, tuberculosis, infectious diseases, parasites, and hypertension,Aca,!A? all subjects related to tropical Africa, said Capt. Itofe-Engulu Desire, a 16-year veteran doctor with FARDC.

Classes led by U.S. service members included arriving at the scene of an incident, assessing casualties, and treating and preparing patients for transport. The 814th brought training aids, including a U.S. Army issued medic bag and moulage, modeling material used to devise mock injuries for added realism.

Pvt. 2nd Class Ndalaga-Sango Augustino, a nurse with the FARDC UMIR, said the U.S. medics taught her and her fellow soldiers about battlefield evacuation procedures, while the UMIR practitioners taught the Americans different techniques for bandaging patients. The exchange of techniques was beneficial to both groups, she said.

Aca,!A"WeAca,!a,,cve shared a lot of good ideas and have gotten some techniques from them that I never would have thought of, such as different patient carries and bandaging of patients,Aca,!A? said Spc. Ricky Smith of Fargo, a combat medic with Detachment 1.

The battery of classes is leading up to a mass casualty exercise that will take place Sept. 16, in which the FARDC UMIR soldiers will demonstrate how their disaster response operations.

The UMIRAca,!a,,cs Company 3 responded to the oil tanker truck that overturned in the eastern Congo in July, bursting into flames killing at least 230 and injuring more than 200. The UMIR soldiers are anxious to show their countrymen their skills and how, with better equipment and more trained soldiers, they would be able to better treat casualties in the event of a similar disaster, said Smith.

Aca,!A"In the end, we hope they can gain anything that makes them more adequate at saving lives,Aca,!A? said 1st Lt. Coty Sicble of Bismarck, a medical administrator with the 814th based in Bismarck.

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