ADAZI, Latvia - U.S. Soldiers provide air transportation and medical support with the U.S. Marines Corps Reserves participating as casualties, during Saber Strike 17 at the Adazi Military Base, Latvia Jun 8.
Soldiers from Task Force Phoenix, 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, out of Fort Drum, N.Y., provide air transportation for Medical Evacuation training, or MEDEVAC as the U.S. Marines Corps Reserves from 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines out of Louisiana participate as casualties, during Saber Strike 17 in Latvia
Capt. John Price, a flight medical pilot with 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, reflects on his experience as a flight medical pilot during the training.
"Today we provided transportation to the Marine Reserve unit, where we used the hoist to evacuate," said Price. "We were practicing the importance of ambulatory exchange and casualty point away from a fore line of troops, as well as, informing troops on helicopter safety by taking commands from the air crew."
Price explains the importance of working together with NATO Allies and other branches of the military.
"The integration of working with NATO Allies and inter-service, Marines, to work off each others capabilities improves our knowledge if such medical needs arise," said Price. "I joined MEDEVAC, because I enjoy helping people and aviation. I love training and making those handshakes, those relationships all come as a part of multinational exercises like this."
The Saber Strike exercise program facilitates cooperation between the U.S., Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and other Allied and partner nations to improve joint operational capability in a variety of missions and prepare the participating nations and units for future operations while enhancing the NATO Alliance. This is just one in a number of exercises that demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO Allies and partners and our dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region.
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