LANDSTUHL, Germany - U.S. Army medical professionals learned techniques to better treat combat and operational stress February 27 to March 3, 2017 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center's Learning Center.
The U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio, Texas sent their Combat and Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Team to train "Victory Medics" from the 254th Medical Detachment (COSC), and other medical professionals, to help enhance combat effectiveness and conserve the fighting strength of Soldiers in theater.
"This course defines who we are and what we do," said Lt. Col. Robert V. Parish, neuropsychologist and commander, 254th COSC. "With this training we will be better able to support European Command and Central Command mission now and in the future,"
The training provided the 254th COSC Team the skills to be tactically proficient in the art of expeditionary behavioral health care.
"The Primary tool for helping and managing the psychological health of the force is the combat and operational stress control teams, the detachments, of which the 254th COSC is one of six on active duty," said Carl E. Smith, Chief of the COSC Training Branch, AMMED Center and School. "So their mission is critically important to maintaining the behavioral health or psychological health of the troops that are deployed. They are the principle vehicle we use to sustain the troops resiliency, cohesion, and esprit de corps of the troops deployed; to keep the warfighter's vision in the war fight."
Parish and Chaplain (Capt.) Derek D. Mosher, 254th COSC, not only attended the training but contributed to the blocks of instruction. Mosher instructed on the role of the unit ministry team in COSC operations and Parish instructed the group on the assessment and management of traumatic brain injuries in a deployed setting.
The training not only instructed behavioral health technicians, occupational health technicians, the unit ministry team, and the various behavioral health providers from the 254th COSC, but also behavioral health technicians, behavioral health providers, and a physician assistant and medic from the 16th Sustainment Brigade. LRMC behavioral health technicians and the 30th Medical Brigade chaplain were in attendance as well.