FORT HOOD, Texas --Soldiers in the Army Medical Corps have vowed to tend to the physical and psychological wounds of every Soldier since 1917.The 120th Infantry Brigade's observer coach/trainers set up realist training scenarios to prepare medical units for global contingency operations.
The 7217 Medical Support Unit, an Army Reserve unit from Miami, trained in a mission rehearsal exercise at Fort Hood, Oct. 9-13.
"Our mission will be to provide medical services to Landstuhl, Germany Regional Medical Center's, inbound and outbound patients," said Maj. Rhonda Galloway, the officer-in-charge, a case management nurse, with the 7217th MSU. "We will see patients from the United States European Command to the United States Africa Command."
The 7217th MSU will treat injuries from different deployed areas, and the unit's Soldiers will get hands-on training.
"This is my first deployment and I'm ready to learn," Spc. Yadira Garcia, a patient administration specialist, with the 7217th MSU, said. "Since I mobilized, I have learned the wider realm of my job. It's not just office work but also processing systems and logistics."
Realistic training is a cornerstone in Army planning, to help build and maintain confident and competent leaders.
"To be relevant to this unit's MRX, I played a suicidal individual," Staff Sgt. Celise Hancock, OC/T role-player, a clinical management technician, with the Headquarters Support Company, 120th Inf. Bde., said. "Over the last couple of days we've notated what documents and information they asked for."
Good training doesn't just apply to battle drills. It also means having clear head when possessing patients and numbers, Galloway said.
"The OC/Ts are making the training significant due to the influx of patients," Galloway added. "This will help us manage our time better and we'll be calmer and more professional."
Hands-on training can be a key component to advancing in a military occupational specialty.
"The best part has been learning the basics, it's built my confidence in my training," Garcia said. "I hope to gain all the knowledge I can, this way I'm a better asset to my organization."
"Not all service members wear this uniform part time, but it still feels great to lace up my boots one weekend a month and two weeks a year," Hancock said.
"I'm an Army Reservist in a troop program unit and it's an honor to be a Soldier training our forward fighting forces," Hancock said.
The Army educates and trains individuals to provide its Soldiers with the adequate medical care.
"We are the end-all be-all of medical care," Galloway said. "We have to be perfect so we check and recheck everything."