CAMP NIMMAN KOLAYUT, Thailand - Soldiers with the U.S. 296th Brigade Support Battalion and the Royal Thai Army conducted a subject matter expert exchange on the procedures of a Role II facility Feb. 1, 2019, at Camp Nimman Kolayut, Thailand.
The training included proper procedures for battlefield trauma casualty care, care under fire, and loading, packaging patients and conducting head to toe assessments following the HABC (Hemorrhage, Airway, Breathing, and Circulation) method. This was part of Exercise Hanuman Guardian 2019.
"There were some differences in the way the Thai medics were trained," said Sgt. Garrett Lassiter, the noncommissioned officer in charge of Role II during Hanuman Guardian. "But after some explanation of the philosophy behind each technique, we came to similar conclusions."
The classes also gave the medics a chance to teach the skills they know, Lassiter said. This sharpens their skills as students are walked through the steps and ask questions. It also lets people understand what they are or are not capable of.
If we were to find ourselves working alongside the Thais in the future, they now have a better understanding of how we operate and work. Lassiter added. This in turn would save lives in the operational environment we may be in.
"This training is building those good lines of communication," Lassiter said. "We were able to sit down and have an interactive discussion of how we conduct our medical operations. This builds that foundation that is necessary for that long-term relationship."