ZAGAN, Poland -- Soldiers from Troop C, 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, led a combat life saver course Dec. 11-12 in Tata, Hungary, for about 25 Hungarian Soldiers from the 25th Hungarian Armored Brigade, to support preparations for their deployment to Kosovo for the NATO-led Kosovo Force mission.
The troop is part of a combined arms squadron currently deployed to Hungary with 2nd ABCT as a part of Atlantic Resolve, a mission orchestrated to provide a credible deterrent against aggression in the region.
The troop partnered with the 25th BDE to conduct combined training to increase their understanding of one another's capabilities and strengthen their interoperability. The 25th BDE requested the troop provide the medical training because two of their companies have upcoming deployments to Kosovo and Iraq.
"They wanted to ensure their Soldiers could perform basic medical procedures in case of injuries during their deployment" said Capt. Terry Battison, commander, Troop C.
This particular training audience included Soldiers from the company deploying to Kosovo, while a second period of instruction is scheduled later this month for the copmany deploying to Iraq.
They spent two days learning and practicing basic techniques for providing medical care under fire, to include security measures, treatment of hemorrhages, clearance of airway passages, and shock prevention and control.
The course was led by one of the troops' junior leaders, Cpl. Cedric Jackson, with the assistance of two fellow Soldiers, Spc. Frank McIntosh and Pfc. Gabriel Pygott, all of whom are combat medics.
It was also designed to allow cross-training between the two forces. While U.S. Soldiers led the instruction, the Hungarian Soldiers contributed insight about their techniques for medical treatment as well.
"This was a great opportunity for both of us to learn different treatment techniques and even learn how to use each other's equipment," said Jackson. "One example is, we have different IV devices, which inject vital liquids directly into the veins. They taught us how to use theirs and we did the same thing for them."
"So, now when they go to Kosovo, they will actually be able to use the IV that Americans use in case something ever happens," said Jackson.
The 25th BDE is expected to have a U.S. military force reinforce the company in Kosovo as a quick reactionary force. The training they received from Troop C will help increase their survivability, given their increased proficiency in performing medical treatment in a deployed environment.