FORT IRWIN, Calif. - Soldiers from 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, held a mass casualty evacuation exercise on Nov. 2, at the National Training Center, here.

While reacting to indirect fire, troopers worked together moving casualties to designated casualty collection points so they could receive aid from combat lifesaver trained Soldiers.

"It was excellent training, giving us an opportunity to be active and train up on classes, giving real live care without power points," said Spc. Deadrian Alston, a native of Wilson, N.C.

After their initial treatment, the casualties were transported by vehicle to the first aid station and given level-two trauma care by the medics.

Soldiers of all ranks got the chance to take charge and show their knowledge.

"It was good for the (junior enlisted) to take control and make it happen," said Staff Sgt. Michael Witherow, from Chattanooga, Tenn.

Exercises like this one prepare Soldiers for scenarios they may face while deployed.

"I feel a lot more confident about the deployment now," said Pvt. Charlie Barnett, from Portageville, Mo.