Medics carry a simulated casualty through the woods Dec. 12, 2014, during the Mountain Medic Course at the Bridgewater-Vaccaro Medical Simulation Training Center, on Fort Drum, N.Y. The 72-hour course gave medics an opportunity to practice their skills and learn about the newest medical techniques and equipment available for use in the field and down range. From left are: Spc. Jason Bateman, 680th Engineer Battalion; Sgt. Paul Stoddard, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team; Sgt. Arik Steinberg, 680th Engineer Battalion; and Staff Sgt. Lance Ortiz, 41st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Active-duty, Reserve Soldiers hone skills during Mountain Medic Course

To ensure that they are optimally equipped to care for the comrades, 22 Soldiers and Reservist medics completed an intensive two-week Mountain Medic Course at the Bridgewater-Vaccaro Medical Simulation Training Center at Fort Drum, New York, Dec......READ MORE

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First Army, as FORSCOM's designated coordinating authority for implementation of the Army Total Force Policy, partners with USAR and ARNG leadership to advise, assist, and train RC formations to achieve Department of the Army directed readiness requirements during both pre- and post- mobilization through multicomponent integrated collective training, enabling FORSCOM to provide Combatant Commanders trained and ready forces in support of worldwide requirements.


First Army designs and conducts collective training and exercises to train RC Soldiers, staffs and command teams. Our observer coach/trainers provide training support to RC forces to achieve and sustain training readiness.


"Bold Shift is the cornerstone of Army Total Force Policy. It supports the sustainment of our reserve components as an operational reserve and focuses on maintaining readiness through structured, integrated training with the active component."

Lt. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, Commanding General, First Army

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