2-14th Cav. Regt. medics teach combat lifesaving

| October 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

1st Lt. Lawrence A. Williams
2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

A Kurdish soldier places a nasopharyngeal aspiration device in the nose of Sgt. Alan Williams, 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID during combat lifesaving training. (Courtesy of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)FORWARD OPERATING BASE COBRA, Iraq — Medics from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conducted their first Combat Lifesaver Courses for 19 soldiers from the Kurdish 3rd Regional Guard Brigade, or Peshmerga, here, Sept. 20. 

This three-day course consisted of 24 hours of basic casualty evacuation, airway management, treatment of penetrating-eye trauma, chest injuries, controlled bleeding, trauma-patient assessment, practical exercises, a hands-on exam and a final written exam. 

The combat medic is synonymous with the combat Soldier. No matter what type of terrain, mission or battlefield Soldiers may find themselves in, the combat medic is always close by, providing combat health support. 

However, due to the design of Army battle doctrine (supporting an Army that is mobile and operating on an immense battlefield), the ability to provide medically licensed personnel at every foothold is not feasible. This fact is why the combat lifesaver is factored into the equation.

“Combat lifesavers are nonmedical Soldiers who are trained in basic medical skills, which enable (them) to provide first aid, lifesaving measures on (themselves) or others, as the combat mission allows,” said Staff Sgt. John Wilkerson, noncommissioned officer in charge of the Squadron Aid Station, 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd BCT. 

Thanks to their first aid training, these Soldiers are also able to assist combat medics in the performance of their duties and have become invaluable assets due to the paucity of medically licensed personnel at the numerous points of injury, Wilkerson added.  

The Peshmerga class, here, was quite diverse in ranks and experience. All students participated in the class wholeheartedly, and even though there was a language barrier, it did not hinder the training or experiences students and instructors gained from one other. 

At the end of three days of training, the 3rd RGB soldiers were sated with medical information, and they were ready to go forth and share their new knowledge with their fellow soldiers. 

The 3rd RGB soldiers will continue to carry out the craft of the combat lifesaver. 

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