Schofield Barracks medics named best in Pacific region

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Daniel Bowles (left) and Sgt. Randal Busick, combat medics assigned to U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks, check for an exit wound on a simulated casualty during the combat trauma portion of the 2012 Pacific Regional Medical Command Best Medic Competition, Aug. 28. The PRMC Best Medic competition is a 72-hour physical and mental test of U.S. Army Medics leadership, teamwork, tactics medical knowledge and warrior tasks. The winners of the PRMC competition move on to compete for the Army's Best Medic at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Defense Media Activity, Hawaii News Bureau)

Sgt. Daniel Bowles (left) and Sgt. Randal Busick, combat medics assigned to U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks, check for an exit wound on a simulated casualty during the combat trauma portion of the 2012 Pacific Regional Medical Command Best Medic Competition, Aug. 28. The PRMC Best Medic competition is a 72-hour physical and mental test of U.S. Army Medics leadership, teamwork, tactics medical knowledge and warrior tasks. The winners of the PRMC competition move on to compete for the Army’s Best Medic at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Defense Media Activity, Hawaii News Bureau)

Stephanie Bryant
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Two medics in Medical Company, U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks took first place in the 2012 Pacific Regional Medical Command Best Medic Competition held Aug. 28-30, here.

Sgt. Robert Edwards (left) and Sgt. Justin Runyan (right), USAHC-SB, move ammunitions cases during the 2012 PRMC Best Medic Competition at Schofield Barracks, Aug. 30. (Photo courtesy of Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office)

Sgt. Robert Edwards (left) and Sgt. Justin Runyan (right), USAHC-SB, move ammunitions cases during the 2012 PRMC Best Medic Competition at Schofield Barracks, Aug. 30. (Photo courtesy of Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office)

The competition was fierce as Sgt. Justin Runyan and Sgt. Robert Edwards earned the title with just a one-point lead over Sgt. Fernando Garcia-Diaz and Pfc. Joshua Yi of U.S. Army MEDDAC-Korea, or MEDDAC-K.

This year’s competition featured four two-person teams re-presenting the Pacific from USAHC-SB, Tripler Army Medical Center and MEDDAC-K.

Consisting of more than 15 different events, the 72-hour competition mentally and physically challenged the medics on technical and tactical Soldier and medic skills.

“I think it is good for medics to branch out because it reminds (them) how much they can accomplish,” Runyan said. “I like the team (aspect) because you can push each other and motivate each other through the whole (competition).

“(Competitions like Best Medic) give you the ability to challenge and set yourself apart from your peers,” Edwards added.

This competition is one more avenue to prepare medics for deployment. Coordinators purposely make the competition overly challenging because coordinators want Soldiers to be prepared for the next step in their careers.

“I think the most challenging (events) for the competitors are the day and night medic courses,” said Sgt. 1st Class Royregus Cosby, noncommissioned officer in charge, Logistics Division, TAMC, who also served as the NCOIC for the competition.

Sgt. Justin Runyan (left) and Sgt. Robert Edwards (right), Med. Co., USAHC-SB, pose for a keepsake photo with Sgt. Maj. Randall Watts (center), senior enlisted leader, USAHC-SB, after earning the title of Best Medic during the 2012 PRMC Competition at Schofield Barracks, Aug. 30. (Photo by  Stephanie Bryant | Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

Sgt. Justin Runyan (left) and Sgt. Robert Edwards (right), Med. Co., USAHC-SB, pose for a keepsake photo with Sgt. Maj. Randall Watts (center), senior enlisted leader, USAHC-SB, after earning the title of Best Medic during the 2012 PRMC Competition at Schofield Barracks, Aug. 30. (Photo by Stephanie Bryant | Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

“They have to be physically and mentally tough to complete the tasks, especially during the night lanes when they are operating under the cover of darkness,” Cosby said. “It can be very disorienting when you can’t see what is coming.”

Besides testing their medical knowledge during tactical situations, the competition requires the medics to take a written test in which they have 15 minutes to answer 100 questions.

“Medics need a lot of fortitude (to be Best Medic),” Cosby said. “They need to have an ‘I can win and I will never quit’ attitude. They need to be tough.”

“It was a relief to find out that all the hard work over the three days was well worth it,” Runyan added.

Both medics look forward to their opportunity to represent PRMC and compete in the MEDCOM Best Medic Competition in San Antonio, which will be held in October.

“I am incredibly proud of our team and all the medics who competed,” said Col. Mary Krueger, commander, USAHC-SB. “They worked so hard and they showed physical endurance and expertise, as well as an unwavering commitment to being Army medics. I am confident they will do a great job representing PRMC.”

PRMC Best Medic Competition

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