|Medical personnel from the Expeditionary Medical Force
(EMF) Great Lakes One exchanged duty on a ship for land-based,
cold-weather training at Regional Training Site (RTS) – Medical Fort
McCoy in mid January.
The training included erecting and living in outdoor tents with
heaters and showers instead of aboard Navy ships.
Chief Petty Officer Darren Schauf of the EMF said the unit comes to Fort
McCoy on an annual basis to participate in cold-weather training. The
field hospitals the Sailors train in are similar to an Army Combat
Support Hospital, he said.
Twelve medical personnel conducted a cold-weather trauma casualty care
course, which is medical warrior-type training required for Navy medical
In addition, cold-weather training entails Sailors working in outdoor
conditions in temperatures below 40 degrees for a sustained period of
Sailors also trained with a Chemical Protective Deployable Medical
Paul Lokotz of Regional Training Site-Medical Fort McCoy Training and
Operations said the training with the chemically protected hospital sets
conducted in cold-weather conditions at the installation was a first.
The experience can be used to help support other units that want to
conduct this training, he added.
It created a new set of working conditions the Navy personnel overcame
and were able to properly meet their internal requirements, he said.