By Staff Sgt. Cody HardingNovember 30, 2013
CAMP NOVO SELO, Kosovo - French, Moroccan, Danish and American soldiers took part in a force protection and mass casualty exercise at Camp Novo Selo Nov. 27.
The exercise was designed to test the readiness of the base's defensive procedures and their response to wounded soldiers on the camp.
Upon notification of a security threat, the French maneuvered their base defense assets to secure the area, sending mounted and dismounted patrols along the perimeter of the base.
When the simulated casualties were found, French and American medics rushed to the scene and immediately began treating the wounded. The patients were stabilized and moved to the French medical treatment facility. The casualties were later medically evacuated by a helicopter to a medical facility that could provide a higher level of care.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Marlon Phills, the medical platoon sergeant for the U.S. Coy, said the exercise was a great opportunity to see the different tactics and procedures their multinational partners used.
"I am fully confident that they can do what needs to be done," Phills, a New York City native, said. "They [multinational partners] know how to communicate with each other, they know each other's equipment and both doctors know how to relay information."
French Col. Alan Taveau, the medical director for the French MTF, said that training was essential for the multinational partners on Camp Novo Selo.
"Here in Kosovo, we have to work together. We have to train for this, because some things we do one way, the Americans do another way. So we have to work together, and that is why we are working together today."
During the exercise, the French coy provided constant communication to their partners in the U.S. coy tactical operations center, allowing the Americans to move and operate beside their partners in securing the camp and providing medical and transportation support for the operation.
U.S. Army Cpl. Scott Walters, a medic with the U.S. coy from Melvindale, Mich., said the exercise allowed his unit to test their capabilities while also finding any issues in communicating with their multinational partners.
"It's kind of like being in KFOR," Walters said. "Everyone is working as one."