Medics move patients 'under fire' at Riley competition
July 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 22, 2011) -- The Top Medical Team Competition hosted by Fort Riley, Kan., and Irwin Army Community Hospital tested Army medics from across the country this week to select two Soldiers for the 2011 Medical Command Expert Medical Challenge.
Exercises ranged from treating patients under simulated fire to marching 12 miles in sweltering Kansas weather. The 701st Brigade Support Battalion from Fort Riley beat out 10 other participating teams. The competition, held July 17-21, included seven main events and a written test.
The "general care under fire event," the "forced march at river walk trail," and two other events were open for the public to watch. For care under fire, Soldiers practiced moving patients out of combat zones to treat wounds. Physical and mental fitness were then measured at the march, which had to be completed in three hours or less while carrying gear.
Teams were judged as a whole and by individual Soldiers to build team cohesion and demonstrate the skills of the Western Regional Medical Command.
For flight medic Sgt. Trevor Thompson, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, the competition was just as much about the team as it was about the finish.
"I'd never met two of these guys before, but it was cool to come together to get through this," said Thompson.
Thompson has served two combat deployments, first as a medic with an infantry battalion and most recently as a flight medic on the Combat Aviation Brigade's MEDEVAC helicopters.
"My experience helped me I think, but every day we still had to rely on each other to accomplish the goal," he said.
(Staff Sgt. Roland Hale contributed to this article. He writes for 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)