It began with 215 candidates from 10 countries and ended with 64 finalists earning the Expert Field Medical Badge. Among them were nine Soldiers from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. They are:

Sgt. Ramon Campbell from the Division of Women's Health and Newborn Care at LRMC

Sgt. Felipe Cantu, NCOIC for Physical Therapy at the Baumholder Army Health Clinic

Maj. Brian Cohee, Chief of Respiratory Therapy -- Pulmonary and Critical Care Clinic, at LRMC

Sgt. Matthew Corbitt, Assistant NCOIC for Physical Therapy at the Vicenza Army Health Clinic

Sgt. Edric Guillen, Primary Care NCO from the Kleber Army Health Clinic

Sgt. Victor Hyatt, NCOIC for Hematology from the Department of Pathology and Area Laboratory Services at LRMC

Capt. Christiana Koreerat, OIC for Physical Therapy at the Baumholder Army Health Clinic
1st Lt. Victoria Powell, a LRMC Medical-Surgical Nurse

2nd Lt. Chelsea Zyburt, a LRMC Medical-Surgical Nurse

The EFMB candidates underwent a mentally and physically grueling week beginning March 19 in Grafenwöhr, Germany, before concluding with a 12-mile road march and graduation ceremony on March 30. The overall graduation rate was 30 percent and 52 percent among LRMC participants.

The EFMB, established in June 1965 as an Army special skill award for medical personnel, is the Army Medical Department's most prestigious peacetime badge. With an average pass rate of 20 percent, it is one of the most difficult Army skill badges to obtain.

It is awarded to those who show exceptional competence in all aspects of field medical care. Candidates must display tactical excellence, physical prowess, and medical proficiency in all areas of Army Warrior Skills and Tactical Combat Casualty Care.

The badge, which can only be worn by medical personnel in the U.S. Military or Soldiers serving in a medical unit, is highly sought after by members of the AMEDD community.
Earning the EFMB requires candidates to pass a written test, complete day and night land navigation, complete three Combat Testing Lanes (CTL), and complete a 12-mile ruck march.

The CTLs focus on Army Warrior Skills and Tactical Combat Casualty Care to include CBRNE tasks, casualty assessment and care, casualty evacuation, and movement under fire.
(Contributing to this story: MSgt. Leslie Ash, NCOIC, LRMC Operations and Readiness Division)