Combat Life Savers brush up on critical skills

By Sgt. Nathan J.J. Hoskins, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public AffairsAugust 4, 2008

Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., native Spc. Matthew Kaziska (laying down), an intelligence analyst for the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, grimaces as Shreveport, La., native Spc. Cassandra Tramiel, a brigade personnel clerk for 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div., pulls a nasopharyngeal tube from his nasal passage during a Combat Life Saver recertification class, at Fort Hood, Texas, July 30. The nasopharyngeal tube is used to keep an airway open.  "I don't like needles, I'm terrified, but I'd rather have a needle than a nasopharyngeal," said Kaziska.
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., native Spc. Matthew Kaziska (laying down), an intelligence analyst for the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, grimaces as Shreveport, La., native Spc. Cassandra Tramiel, a brigade personnel clerk for 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div., pulls a nasopharyngeal tube from his nasal passage during a Combat Life Saver recertification class, at Fort Hood, Texas, July 30. The nasopharyngeal tube is used to keep an airway open. "I don't like needles, I'm terrified, but I'd rather have a needle than a nasopharyngeal," said Kaziska. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Nathan J.J. Hoskins, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Shreveport, La., native Spc. Cassandra Tramiel (left), a brigade personnel clerk for the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, lets a little blood flow from an intravenous catheter to show that it's in the vein of Washoe, Nev., native Sgt. Jeralyn Matthews (right), the senior medic for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div., during a Combat Life Saver recertification class, at Fort Hood, Texas, July 30. "Everyone should be able to cross over into saving their battle buddy's life," said Tramiel. The CLS classes teach basic first responder medical aid to Soldiers who are not medics.
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Shreveport, La., native Spc. Cassandra Tramiel (left), a brigade personnel clerk for the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, lets a little blood flow from an intravenous catheter to show that it's in the vein of Washoe, Nev., native Sgt. Jeralyn Matthews (right), the senior medic for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div., during a Combat Life Saver recertification class, at Fort Hood, Texas, July 30. "Everyone should be able to cross over into saving their battle buddy's life," said Tramiel. The CLS classes teach basic first responder medical aid to Soldiers who are not medics. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Nathan J.J. Hoskins, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Shreveport, La., native Spc. Cassandra Tramiel (left), a brigade personnel clerk for the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, puts in an intravenous catheter into Washoe, Nev., native Sgt. Jeralyn Matthews (right), the senior medic for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div., during a Combat Life Saver recertification class, at Fort Hood, Texas, July 30.      "The medic's not always there. If I get (wounded in Iraq) I need to know that somebody else can come behind me and save me so I can come home as well," said Matthews, who taught the class, on the importance of the training.
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Shreveport, La., native Spc. Cassandra Tramiel (left), a brigade personnel clerk for the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, puts in an intravenous catheter into Washoe, Nev., native Sgt. Jeralyn Matthews (right), the senior medic for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div., during a Combat Life Saver recertification class, at Fort Hood, Texas, July 30. "The medic's not always there. If I get (wounded in Iraq) I need to know that somebody else can come behind me and save me so I can come home as well," said Matthews, who taught the class, on the importance of the training. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Nathan J.J. Hoskins, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL