'Charger' Soldiers gear up for APFR
September 20, 2012
FORT HOOD, Texas -- The "Chargers" of the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division geared up for a heavy training cycle by conducting Medical Evacuation training Sept. 16, here.
One particular training exercise will be the Advanced Pegasus First Responder (APFR) which is designed to better prepare Soldiers to treat injuries both on and off the battlefield.
As with every operation in the Army, there is an inherent risk associated with conducting a training event; such as dehydration for land navigation or an accident during drivers training.
The APFR training helps give Soldiers the critical tools necessary to provide immediate aid until they can be taken to a facility that can provide a higher level of care.
"It is necessary to provide Soldiers with medical training so that they may care for themselves and others," said Sgt. Travis Green, a medic with B Company, 1/12 Cav., and a native of Atlanta. "The great thing about this training is that it can help Soldiers both on and off the battlefield. Soldiers can also benefit from this training in the civilian sector as well." he added.
Injuries and illnesses occur on a seemingly routine basis, which is why there is sick call in the mornings for Soldiers to be attended to. Whenever an incident occurs, it is beneficial to have Soldiers prepared to respond to a given medical situation so that minimal suffering to the victim is sustained.
"Leaders at every level take appropriate measures to mitigate these risks of an accident. However, from time to time an accident does occur, even within the best organizations." said Spc. Tyson Nettles, a medic assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company and a native of Gainsville, Fla. "It is the initial care that Soldiers provide immediately following any incident that will help minimize loss of life, limb, or eyesight and help get these Soldiers back in the game."
With the training cycle kicking off, it is appropriate that Soldiers get back to their core competencies. As long as Soldiers are training to deploy in support of our nation, advanced medical training will always have a necessity in each unit's training cycle.