By Eve Meinhardt, WAMC PAOJuly 6, 2017
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Medics evacuated casualties in the blistering heat as the sound of gunfire filled the air during a demonstration at the Fort Bragg Medical Simulation Training Center, June 29.
The demonstration helped highlight the training capabilities of the facility that help build readiness for the force to Acting Secretary of the Army Robert M. Speer and Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel A. Dailey during their visit to Fort Bragg.
"One of the key functions of readiness is medical care," said Speer.
After the casualties had been moved to safety, the demonstration moved inside to the simulations center where a medic worked to stabilize and treat the wounds on a manikin while the room filled with smoke and loud music blared around him. After he was able to stabilize his patient, the music stopped, and the lights came up, allowing the Army leaders to see the technology that is helping save Soldiers' lives downrange.
The 300-acre MSTC provides realistic medical training for more than just medics; it helps ensure entire units can contribute to saving their teammates' lives.
"One type of training we're able to provide here is to have medics, combat lifesavers, and squad members go through the lanes together," said Sgt. 1st Class Richard Ciuk, noncommissioned officer in charge of the MSTC. "Together they work on the collective task of not only managing the care of the casualty but evacuating them from the battlefield to the next level of care."
Speer said that the MSTC is a critical capability for the Army and builds readiness both in the medical community and in the total Army.
"Our medical personnel and our Soldiers have to be in a current state of readiness and be ready to go at any time. Without medical care, the Army can't maintain readiness," said Speer.
Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald C. Ecker, command sergeant major, U.S. Army Medical Command, who was there along with Army Surgeon General Nadja Y. West, told the Army leaders that Fort Bragg was the right place to come to view the capabilities of a medical simulations training center.
"There is a great stewardship of the program here," said Ecker. "They have one of the best in the Army."
The Secretary of the Army also lauded the professionalism of the Soldiers and civilians who work at the MSTC, praising the fact that the skills they teach help to save the lives of those deployed in harm's way.
"I look around, and I see dedicated, caring and concerned Soldiers here," said Speer. "I and the SMA are very proud of what you do for our Army."