By U.S. Army Sgt. Tammy Frates
972nd Military Police Company

DOHA, Qatar - Last month, the Camp As Sayliyah Troop Medical Clinic held two Combat Lifesaver classes to educate soldiers on what to do in life-threatening situations when no medics are available.

The two classes, held December 3-7 and December 10-14, included basic instruction on how to protect the airway, control bleeding, and promoted rapid evacuation. The classes were instructed by Staff Sgt. Biltoff of the Area Support Group-Qatar along with medics from local tenant units located on camp.

Special guest from the Qatari military were in attendance. "We're the only organization who has an actual memorandum of agreement to train with the Qatari military," said Biltoff. This was his first time training with the Qataris, but has previous experience in training with other nations.

One first time student in the class, Spc. Jay Murphy from the 972nd Military Police Company said, "Working with the Qatari military personnel was a great experience, because I have never worked with foreign military before." For some students this was their first CLS class; for others it was a refresher course.

For the Qatari military, this was a basic skill level refresher. Most are currently providers in their military setting. Biltoff went on to say, "The Qatari military have excellent tools and are updating them daily. They're actually investing a lot of money into their medical skill set...and are establishing a solid program..."

During the class, the students learned tactical combat casualty care which is known as TC3 and how to put in a nasopharyngeal airway. Murphy volunteered to have one inserted into his airway. He said, "It hurt, but it is good to know what it feels like, so when I do it to someone else I know what they are going through."

Hands-on-training is crucial when it comes to real life situations.

"Soldiers see medical stuff around all the time, CLS bags and equipment, but they have no knowledge. This course teaches them how to use the equipment, and the evacuation skills that every soldier should know," said Biltoff.

Combat Lifesaver class is one of the most important classes to take when deploying to a combat area of operation. "In a combat setting CLS training should be a high priority for everyone, because anything can happen," explained Blitoff. "I've seen several situations where the medic was the first one injured, so it was CLS dependent."

If you have soldiers who are not trained, then bad things can happen." Murphy added, "Everyone in the military should take this course."

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