Medical professionals pursue coveted Expert Medical Badge

| September 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
Training began last week where Medical professionals competing for their Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) participate in multiple medical lanes that tested their soldier and occupational specialty expertise.

Training began last week where Medical professionals competing for their Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) participate in multiple medical lanes that tested their soldier and occupational specialty expertise.

Story and photos by
Spc. Patrick Kirby
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A total of 165 medics from across the division tested their Soldier and medical skills from Aug. 15-26 to compete for the Expert Medical Field Badge (EFMB), here.

Medics were tested in a variety of areas during both the train up period and the official grading, which included a comprehensive written test, the Army Physical Fitness Test, weapons qualification, land navigation, road march, tactical casualty care and communications tasks.

Medical professionals competing for their Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) participate in multiple medical lanes that test their soldier and occupational specialty expertise.

Medical professionals competing for their Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) participate in multiple medical lanes that test their soldier and occupational specialty expertise.

“The Expert Field Medical Badge is a very prestigious badge that only 13 percent of the medics who test attain. By earning the badge, not only does it set you apart from your peers, it lets your chain of command know you are in that 13 percent of expert medics,” said Sgt. 1st Class Johnny Jones, Headquarters Company, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

The week started off with the APFT in which the competitors had to score a 60 percent in each event. Following this test, they were required to pass day and night land navigation with three out of four points correctly identified.

The medics were then tested at multiple stations on various tasks. Performing three tasks incorrectly would eliminate them from the running for the EFMB.

A second time participant in the EFMB, Spc. Brock Mason, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd BCT, encouraged others to stay resilient even if they were unable to achieve the prestigious award this year.

The final event for the Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) candidates is a 12 mile foot march. Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division motivate those candidates as they approach the finish line.

The final event for the Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) candidates is a 12 mile foot march. Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division motivate those candidates as they approach the finish line.

“I studied every night with other medics in my unit. We were usually the last people leaving study hall,” explained Mason. “I focused on all tasks and made sure to adjust what I messed up on last time to ensure I wouldn’t make the same mistakes. I worried about the task at hand, one day at a time. Next thing I knew, I was standing at graduation.”

For the medics remaining after the APFT, land navigation and training in the medical lanes, a 12 mile ruck march awaited them. They had three hours to finish this task, followed by a final medical-related lane to become EFMB graduates.

On the tail end of a visit from the Army Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Nadja West, and her first command visit to the Pacific, it was fitting that the combat medics of the 25th ID were showing how important Army medicine is in furthering the readiness in the Pacific.

On Aug. 26, 20 medics were left standing on Weyand Field to receive their EFMB. A resilient Mason represented the “Bronco” brigade in accomplishing the goal of becoming an expert in the medical profession.

Spc. Brock Mason Comanche Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th US Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, has his Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) pinned on his uniform by Lt. Col. Sean Brown, Commander, 3rd Squadron, 4th US Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

Spc. Brock Mason Comanche Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th US Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, has his Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) pinned on his uniform by Lt. Col. Sean Brown, Commander, 3rd Squadron, 4th US Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

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