By Sgt. Jonathan C. ThibaultAugust 20, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 20, 2014) -- To protect and serve is a job Soldiers from the 759th Military Police Battalion take pride in. They trained with flight medics to add another life-saving skill to their tool bags.
Soldiers from Company C, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, taught Medical Evacuation, known as MedEvac, training to Soldiers during their 759th MP Battalion "Immortal" Challenge Competition, here, Aug. 7, 2014.
"It was good training for the 759th MPs and us," said Maj. Eric Carlson, executive officer, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment. "It helped us sharpen our skills and helped them learn new ones. Everyone should know what it is like to call in for MedEvac support and how to properly facilitate the moving of the injured, which could possibly save (a) life."
MedEvac aircrew members taught MPs many life-saving procedures that are useful domestically, as well as in deployed environments.
"After we ruck marched to our motor pool, we received briefings on MedEvac procedures and first aid from flight medics," said Spc. Mariana Pearce, a military police Soldier, 984th Military Police Company, 759th MP Battalion. "We started with buddy aid training. The medics then told us about lessons-learned medical applications from deployment, as opposed to how a Soldier would do the same application here in the states."
Second Lt. Noella Taylor, platoon leader, 984th MPs, helped coordinate MedEvac training for the competition, and sees it as a helpful tool for her military police officers.
"This is a big deal with our company's culture," said Taylor. "Our Soldiers are going through events such as MedEvac scenarios, room clearing, first aid lanes and learning about the history of Fort Carson. After rucking more than 15 miles, they are given a written test. The winners will receive an Army Achievement Medal."
Pearce embraced the competition and set aside her fears.
"This will be my first time in a Black Hawk, and I'm terrified of heights," said Pearce. "I won't let my fears get in the way of maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly on a Black Hawk, because who knows if I'll ever get to do it again."
The combat aviation brigade Soldiers look forward to bringing realistic and useful training to their fellow Fort Carson ground commanders.
"This is just how we do business," said Carlson. "It's a part of our unit's initiative and culture to supply the best training and support to all ground commanders who need, or want it. We are honored to support them."