2/3 Avn Flight Medics graduate Paramedic Training Course
December 15, 2011
HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - Eight flight medics from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, became the first Marne Air medics to graduate from the Rescue Training Inc. paramedic course Dec. 9 in a ceremony at the Rescue Training building.
The flight medics completed the course, designed for year-long study, in only five months.
The course covered topics in pharmacology, medication administration, airway and ventilation, cardiology, trauma treatment procedures, burns, shock, ethics and others. In addition to classroom time, the medics each put in a minimum of 356 hours of clinical application.
"That means, any time you were in Savannah and heard the ambulance sirens going, one of our guys was probably on that truck," said Maj. John Goette, a Knighthawk medical officer who spoke at the ceremony.
Colonel Allan Pepin, commander of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, and Lt. Col. Michael D. Higginbotham, 2/3 AVN commander, both offered their congratulations to the graduates on completing the rigorous course in less than half the time prescribed.
Sergeant Howell Pugh, who won an award for Best Medic for his overall performance throughout the course, said the experience would have long-range benefits, both on and off the battlefield.
"This course increased our tactical ability to respond to injuries downrange, and we're all excited to be able to better aid our fellow Soldiers," Sgt. Pugh said. "Plus, having this certification can help, not just me, but all of us who graduated, if we want to work on the Civilian side."
Major Goette echoed that statement in his remarks, and said we can all feel more secure in the hands of these highly-trained professionals.
"As the need for a new breed of flight medic increases every day in places like Afghanistan, these 'Dustoff' medics will be out there to answer the call and will not stop until they have your wounded," Maj. Goette said.