Pfc. Cameron Mowes, Pfc. Charles Reynolds, Pfc. Adam Arcand, all medics assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, and Spc. Sophana Sopha, a medic assigned to C Company, 210th Brigade Support Battalion, carry a Soldier during a casualty training exercise at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. Staff Sgt. Kristen Halsey, a flight medic, and Spc. Ryan Blomquist (in helicopter), a crew chief with C Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, were the instructors for the class.

FORT DRUM N.Y. -- Medics assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team recently participated in aircraft casualty load and unload procedure training at the flight line on Fort Drum.

Several medics gathered Feb. 29 to receive realistic hands-on training from flight medics and crew chief on how to load and unload casualties safely on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

"It is very important to get this training ahead of going on a mission," said Staff Sgt. Kristen Halsey, a flight medic with C Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade.

"Once we fly in to get the patient, we cannot explain to (ground medics) what to do," she added.

Medics do not only train for combat, they are the first responders at the ranges in the training area.

"We have a bird (helicopter) ready 24 hours, seven days a week when the ranges are running," Halsey said. "If something were to happen to one of the Soldiers on the range, we can pick them up and the medics would have to load the casualty on their own."

Halsey said she and her section learned a lot from their last rotation in Afghanistan, and they would like to pass down that invaluable information to other medics.

"We can show everybody this training," Halsey said. "We ask people to come out and ask us questions and receive this training."

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