The reasons medics are my favorite people relates back to something that occurred to me about 20 years ago ... on the battlefield in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm ... and at the time females weren't allowed in Cavalry Squadrons ... a young female Soldier volunteered to be with an organization that at the time was estimated to be at 50 percent casualties during combat action. Private 1st Class Tammy Reese, who is now a Sgt. Major volunteered at a time when she couldn't even win the Combat Medics Badge, and couldn't even compete for the Expert Field Medical Badge. That's why I love medics.
- Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, commander, U.S. Army Europe
It's a proficiency badge. It's the hallmark for a medical professional, and is often seen as a benchmark of excellence in the medical community.
- Master Sgt. Peter Perkins, 212th Combat Support Hospital, Miesau, Germany, speaks about the Expert Field Medical Badge, or EFMB, which signifies a high degree of skill and proficiency and is one of the most difficult badges a medic can earn in their profession.
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U.S. Army Europe Expert Field Medical Badge
What is it?
Since more than 86 percent of the coalition forces currently deployed to Afghanistan are provided by European allies and partners, planners of the 2011 U.S. Army Europe Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) Standardization and Testing ensured this year's training included combat medics from all U.S. services and coalition allies. The medics vied for the coveted EFMB badge and bragging rights, thus bridging the gap between medical tactics, techniques and procedures among all the forces, U.S. and multinational.
What has the Army done?
This is hosted at the Grafenwoehr Training Area (GTA), Europe's premier live-fire training area. This year, there are 285 candidates, of the 250, five were from the German Bundeswher, two from the U.S. Navy and one was from the U.S. Air Force.
Prior to EFMB testing the German Soldiers had to meet or exceed the Army's standard and pass the U.S. Army's weapon's qualification and Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT).
Once testing began, all participants had to perform the standard, critical performance tasks, the written test, APFT, land navigation course, weapon qualification, litter obstacle course, 12-mile road march, communication, survival, emergency medical treatment, evacuation of the sick and wounded and the cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Because of the proximity of GTA to its European partners, the training area regularly trains U.S. Soldiers with their multinational counterparts, during deployment training.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Conducting joint and multinational training events and opportunities between U.S. services and European, Asian, and African partners encourages a more agile force for contingencies around the world. The EFMB has provided multinational and U.S. Soldiers a common standards and objectives for treating the sick and wounded.
The U.S. Army in Europe, the Europe Regional Medical Command, and the 30th Medical Command will continue to build partner capacity through training and partnership opportunities like the EFMB.
Why is this important to the Army?
As coalition forces gain greater understanding of U.S. techniques, they are more competent and confident in their ability to fight alongside U.S. Soldiers.
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