• Malian Medical Defense Forces Colonel Youssouf Traore practices the use of a ring cutter onSgt. La Tonia R. Luna, 807th Medical Detachment Support Command, during a medical equipment demonstration in Mopti, Mali, Feb. 7, 2012. The 807th MDSC were in Mali as medical support for the Atlas Accord 12 exercise.

    Medics share training in Mali during 'Atlas Accord'

    Malian Medical Defense Forces Colonel Youssouf Traore practices the use of a ring cutter onSgt. La Tonia R. Luna, 807th Medical Detachment Support Command, during a medical equipment demonstration in Mopti, Mali, Feb. 7, 2012. The 807th MDSC were in...

  • U.S. Army healthcare specialist Staff Sgt. Anthony P. Baca, 807th Medical Deployment Support Command, shows personnel assigned to the Malian Medical Defense Forces how to use a breathing apparatus designed for a chemical environment at a Malian Defense hospital in Mopti, Mali, Feb. 7, 2012. The 807th MDSC were in Mali as medical support for the Atlas Accord 12 exercise.

    Medics share training in Mali during 'Atlas Accord'

    U.S. Army healthcare specialist Staff Sgt. Anthony P. Baca, 807th Medical Deployment Support Command, shows personnel assigned to the Malian Medical Defense Forces how to use a breathing apparatus designed for a chemical environment at a Malian Defense...

  • Staff Sgt. Anthony P. Baca, a healthcare specialist assigned to the 807th Medical Deployment Support Command, Fort Douglas, Utah, explains the use of trousers designed to help prevent hypotension to Malian Medical Defense Forces in Mopti, Mali, Feb. 7, 2012. Baca was part of a medical team participating in Atlas Accord 12.

    Medics share training in Mali during 'Atlas Accord'

    Staff Sgt. Anthony P. Baca, a healthcare specialist assigned to the 807th Medical Deployment Support Command, Fort Douglas, Utah, explains the use of trousers designed to help prevent hypotension to Malian Medical Defense Forces in Mopti, Mali, Feb. 7...

  • Maj. Dean A. Nelson (center left), with the 328th Combat Support Hospital, 807th Medical Deployment Support Command, and Lt. Col. David H. Moikeha (right) with the 94th CSH, 807th MDSC, tour an emergency response station with a Malian first responder and Malian interpreter as part of the Atlas Accord 12 exercise in Mopti, Mali, Feb. 6, 2012.

    Atlas Accord interaction

    Maj. Dean A. Nelson (center left), with the 328th Combat Support Hospital, 807th Medical Deployment Support Command, and Lt. Col. David H. Moikeha (right) with the 94th CSH, 807th MDSC, tour an emergency response station with a Malian first responder...

  • Maj. Dean A. Nelson, 807th Medical Deployment Support Command, Fort Douglas, Utah, explains the use of a battery powered cauterizer pen to Malian Medical Defense Forces Col. Youssouf Traore, in Mopti, Mali, Feb. 7, 2012. The 807th MDSC were in Mali as medical support during Atlas Accord 12.

    Medics share training in Mali during 'Atlas Accord'

    Maj. Dean A. Nelson, 807th Medical Deployment Support Command, Fort Douglas, Utah, explains the use of a battery powered cauterizer pen to Malian Medical Defense Forces Col. Youssouf Traore, in Mopti, Mali, Feb. 7, 2012. The 807th MDSC were in Mali as...

MOPTI, Mali (Army News Service, Feb. 10, 2012) -- Soldiers of the 807th Medical Deployment Support Command, Fort Douglas, Utah, are sharing their expertise with their Malian medical defense forces counterparts during Atlas Accord 12 in Mopti, Mali, Feb. 7-15.

This annual-joint-aerial-delivery exercise, hosted by U.S. Army Africa, brings together U.S. Army personnel with militaries in Africa to enhance air drop capabilities and ensure effective delivery of military resupply materials and humanitarian aid.

Doctors and medics from both militaries are seizing this unique opportunity to expand on training.

While here in Mali 807th medics were asked by Malian Army Col. Youssouf Treore, commander of the medical detachment in Mopti to aid Malian medical personnel in the use of supplies they received from U.S. forces several years ago.

Treore said the supplies are very practical, easy to use, and helpful to the Malian Medical Defense Forces.

"We are training with the Malian medical personnel on different types of equipment that include cervical braces, finger splints, ring cutters, pressure bandages, back boards and more," said Maj. Dean A. Nelson, a family physician assigned to the 328th Combat Support Hospital, or CSH, 807th Medical Deployment Support Command, or MDSC.

"These Malian soldiers and medical personnel have on-the-job training, so it is very rewarding to show them and see their excitement when we demonstrate the proper use of the equipment," said Sgt. La Tonia R. Luna, an 807th MDSC Army healthcare specialist.

American medical personnel gained experience from working with the Malians.

"I learned they do a lot with a little," Baca said. "I don't know how they handle trauma situations but, it's impressive how they do it," said Staff Sgt. Anthony P. Baca, an 807th MDSC Army healthcare specialist.

"Training will help our medics become better since they are teaching the Malians through interpreters and have to move slowly and ensure they are understood. It gives them a better understanding of the training they are providing," said Lt. Col. David H. Moikeha, an emergency physician assigned to the 94th Combat Support Hospital, 807th MDSC.

Baca said he is impressed with the willingness to learn of both militaries.

Luna agreed.

"The Malians asked very good questions and were curious about the use of the equipment and now they know how to use it to help their patients," Luna said.

Helping patients recover is important to the people, Treore said.

"We receive so much trauma from highway accidents, military and civilian," he said. "The equipment we have will help us care for the trauma patients we receive at our level."

Treore added he was grateful for the experience.

"I appreciate the cooperation with the U.S. Army," he said. "It [the training] is very practical and it will help us face all of our needs."

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