Sixty make the cut, earn Expert Field Medical Badge

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
A medical Soldier tends to a simulated casualty during the EFMB testing at Area X, Schofield Barracks, April 9.

A medical Soldier tends to a simulated casualty during the EFMB testing at Area X, Schofield Barracks, April 9.

Story and photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Expert Field Medical Badge was awarded to 59 Soldiers and one Airman during a graduation ceremony on Weyand Field, here, April 11.

“This badge gives you the opportunity to really shine above your peers,” said Pfc. Patrick Wauben, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and course honor graduate.

The EFMB testing started with 245 active and reserve candidates from units spanning the island of Oahu, including Airmen, and Soldiers from Alaska and Japan.

In order to earn this prestigious badge, candidates completed events such as tactical combat casualty care, casualty evacuation, communications, warrior skills, land navigation, a written test and a 12-mile march.

Combat Testing Lane (CTL) 1 consisted of 23 individual tasks consisting of warrior skills tasks, 14 tactical combat casualty care tasks, several medical evacuation tasks (to include submitting a medevac request) and setting up a helicopter landing zone.

On CTL 2, candidates had to complete eight individual tasks consisting of assembling and preparing a satellite communication system, extricating a casualty from a vehicle, negotiating obstacles with a litter patient, and evacuating casualties using a litter and a front line ambulance.

CTL 3 had its own set of tasks, to include warrior skills tasks with an M9 pistol, use of chemical protective gear, sending unexploded ordnance and chemical contamination reports, and medical evacuation using litter and nonstandard vehicles.

To finish off the week of intensive testing, the candidates had to complete a 12-mile foot march in three hours.

Coming in at 2 hours, 59 minutes, 18 seconds, Spc. Christopher Flammang, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-35th Inf. Regt., said the foot march ended up being the toughest part of the testing for him.

After the completing the course, Airman 1st Class Steven Hernandez said he had a whole new perspective on Army medics.

“I now know how much training the Army medics go through and how qualified they really are,” said Hernandez.

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