CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - "We work a lot with U.S. forces," said Capt. Samuel Camp of the British Army. "It's important we are tied into one another's standard operating procedures."
Medical Soldiers from the 145th Armor Regiment, 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, joined soldiers from the British military's 2nd Battalion, Mercian Regiment, for medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) training with Golf Company, 5-159 Aviation Regiment, at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Nov. 23, 2019.
The British Soldiers were supporting Desert Warrior III, which would include operations on the ranges and live-fire training. Camp said it was important he and his team were prepared to respond to any emergency and ensure interoperability between the British and U.S. procedures and equipment.
The Soldiers practiced what is called a "dust-off," meaning an emergency evacuation of a casualty from a combat zone. During the training, they lifted a simulated patient on a gurney, carrying him towards the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and loading him inside.
U.S. Army Sgt. Jose Dias, the fight medic with 5-159 Aviation Regiment, coached the team on proper carrying techniques and how to approach and walk away from the helicopter safely.
"When we are called to respond to a nine-line, we will do everything we can to care for your patient," said Diaz.
According to Diaz, the helicopter crew along with the flight medics, who are critical care certified, expect to be on the ground and depart no longer than five minutes, placing safety and urgency as priorities to get the patient to higher level care.
The British and U.S. Soldiers shared some of the differences in their acronyms and discussed various procedures to signal a helicopter from the ground with panels and smoke.
"It's always great to learn different methods and ways people do things," said U.S. Army Sgt. Taylor Drayer, an Ohio National Guard medic in the 145th Armor Regiment. "We were able to compare litters and how they work with our helicopters."
"We are in a very good position to conduct our live fire exercises," said Camp. "Everyone has been so supportive working with us."