SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, (Feb. 12, 2018) -- U.S. Army Soldiers and Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) medical professionals trained shoulder to shoulder on Feb. 12 at the Medical Simulation Training Center, Schofield Barracks.

While much of the training revolves around classroom instruction, trauma lanes, and clinical rotations, the overarching theme of the visit is relationship building.

"This is the first time that our foreign counterparts have participated in our lanes; they have primarily observed in the past," said Staff Sgt. Eric Sessom, Instructor, Medical Simulation Training Center.

"It is going to be a challenge with our different tactics", added Sessom. 'It can be a really stressful environment and hopefully they can put it all into play our there on the lane."

The JGSDF doctors visiting Schofield Barracks began the morning with classroom briefings and hands on instruction focusing on tourniquet application before transitioning to a field training environment with a focus of providing care to injuries on the battlefield. Trainees representing the 25th Infantry Division, the 9th Mission Support Command and the JGSDF were challenged to provide care in this high stress environment.

"The overall intent is to broaden their (JGSDF) perspective on how we do military medicine in the U.S. Army," said Master Sgt. Kevin Edmundson, Global Health Engagements NCOIC, Regional Health Command-Pacific.

"They are getting some good tactical training, trauma lane training, the JGSDF is gaining some insight on how our medics do trauma lane training in addition to attending the Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement Course" added Edmundson.

Regional health engagements and subject matter expert exchanges enhance partner capabilities in responding to crisis, ensure open lines of communication, and contribute to regional and international security.

It is through strong partnerships with U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) and U.S. Army in the Pacific (USARPAC) that Army Medicine's Regional Health Command-Pacific (RHC-P) and the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks is able to commit the resources to provide greater physical and mental well-being through rapidly growing global health engagements.