• Sgt. John Anthony Kasen, a member of the 557th Medical Company(Area Support), trains multi-national soldiers in Basic Lifesaving Skills (BLS) July 27, 2011 during the pre-qualification phase of the upcoming 2011 U.S. Army in Europe Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) Standardization and Testing.  All participants must pre-qualify for participation in EFMB testing, and have a medical background, including an up-to-date Army Physical Fitness Test, an individual weapons qualification using the M16A2 rifle, and an updated CPR certification.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Trisha Pinczes)

    Sgt. John Anthony Kasen, a member of the 557th...

    Sgt. John Anthony Kasen, a member of the 557th Medical Company(Area Support), trains multi-national soldiers in Basic Lifesaving Skills (BLS) July 27, 2011 during the pre-qualification phase of the upcoming 2011 U.S. Army in Europe Expert Field Medical...

  • German 2nd Lt. Lars Honig, a member of the Sanstff Mainz, performs a standard U.S. Army push-up during the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) as a pre-qualifier for the U.S. Army Europe Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB)Standardization and Testing, July 27.  Multi-national candidates are required to meet the same standards to participate in the EFMB as U.S. Army candidates to include an APFT, qualification on an M16A2 rifle, and Basic Combat Lifesaver.  After completing these events the candidates move on to a fast-paced testing phase where they are mentally, physically and emotionally challenged. All candidates will need to successfully complete night and day land navigation, emergency medical treatment, a 12-mile foot march and other tasks to recieve the coveted Expert Field Medical Badge.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Trisha Pinczes)

    German 2nd Lt. Lars Honig, a member of the...

    German 2nd Lt. Lars Honig, a member of the Sanstff Mainz, performs a standard U.S. Army push-up during the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) as a pre-qualifier for the U.S. Army Europe Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB)Standardization and Testing, July...

  • GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Sgt. Ramon Hernandez, a member of the 8th Medical Company(Logistics) Legistics , mentors German 2nd Lt. Felix Worner, assigned to the Sanstff Mainz hospital, while qualifying on an M16A2 rifle here July 28.  As part of the pre-qualification required for participation in the 2011 U.S. Army Europe Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) Standardization and Testing, candidates must complete the weapons qualification, an Army Physical Fitness Test and Basic Lifesaving Skills in order to participate.  The EFMB is awarded on average to only 20 percent of candidates. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Trisha Pinczes)

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Sgt. Ramon Hernandez, a...

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Sgt. Ramon Hernandez, a member of the 8th Medical Company(Logistics) Legistics , mentors German 2nd Lt. Felix Worner, assigned to the Sanstff Mainz hospital, while qualifying on an M16A2 rifle here July 28. As part of the...

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany " As U.S. and German candidates cross the finish line of a two-mile run together, Soldiers of one nation supported soldiers from another in their efforts to earn the right to participate in the 2011 U.S. Army Europe Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) Standardization and Testing.

This was the first step in a three-phase pre-qualification for the EFMB that NATO allies are participating in from July 31 to Aug. 13 at the Grafenwoehr Training Area.

“Our Expert Field Medical Badge is a very prestigious badge and it is seen as an honor and is very tough to get,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew Starling, range safety officer and small arms master marksman, 8th Medical Company (Logistics).

In order to make it to the testing phase of the event, multinational candidates had to pre-qualify and meet U.S. Army standards.

“We had to do what is also necessary of the Americans,” said German Sgt. Dustin Nicholas, 4th Company, 21st Hospital Regiment. “During the first week we had to do an APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test), weapons qualification and CPR training.”

Five German Soldiers arrived with little time for preparation before the pre-qualification phase began in late July.

“You’ve got to admire them,” said Master Sgt. Harold Pharis, the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of the Surgeon’s Office, 21st Theater Sustainment Command. “They only have a few days to learn our weapon systems and a few days to learn our PT system.”

Consistency throughout the EFMB is a priority so that each candidate has a clear idea of what is expected, said Starling.

“By having a valid PT test and weapons qualification, we give them the chance to do the same things (U.S.) Soldiers get to do so they can rightfully qualify for that badge the same way (U.S.) Soldiers do,” Starling said.

Although the standards may be different than those of the German Army for some of the pre-qualification events, the Soldiers were expected to meet those requirements easily, said Master Sgt. Abdel Guzman, NCOIC of the 2011 USAREUR EFMB.

“The Bundeswehr has sent us some of the finest to compete in the event,” said Guzman. “I think every one is going to achieve this badge.”

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