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Medical Simulation Training Center opens new era of pre-deployment training

By Tom Michele, The Real McCoy Contributor

Photo: Medical Simulation Training Center instructor Jim Jeleniowski explains operations to dignitaries during the facility’s ribbon-cutting opening ceremony. (Photo by Tom Michele)
Medical Simulation Training Center instructor Jim Jeleniowski explains operations to dignitaries during the facility’s ribbon-cutting opening ceremony.
(Photo by Tom Michele)

Medical officers used a ceremonial scissors to cut the ribbon and open a new era in cutting-edge technology at the Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) at Fort McCoy Jan. 23.

The facility already is in use, with several combat medic pre-deployment training classes using the new space. The pre-deployment students are located at Regional Training Site-Medical (RTS-Medical) barracks and administration buildings, but classroom overflow is being handled at MSTC.

Emergency medical technician full, basic bridge and basic refresher courses will start in March at the MSTC, along with combat lifesaver and combat medical advance skills training courses.

MSTC is located near RTS-Medical, on the east edge of the cantonment.

Building construction started in March 2008 and was completed in August. The Lusk Group of Kentucky was awarded the $635,000 contract.


"We will provide the best care to our Soldiers on the battlefield."

Maj. Gen. Dean Sienko,
Commanding General,
3rd Medical Deployment Support Command

"We will provide the best care to our Soldiers on the battlefield," Maj. Gen. Dean Sienko told the crowd gathered at the ribbon-cutting event. Sienko, the commanding general, 3rd Medical Deployment Support Command, Fort Gillem, Ga., was the senior speaker and guest at the ceremony.

Sienko’s remark was in reference to U.S. Army combat medics. "Here at MSTC you have created a real-world environment to give a real-world experience that will pay huge dividends to our Soldiers. This (training) gives tremendous confidence to our Soldiers that we will give them the best top-notch care possible. It is a tremendous force-multiplier," Sienko said.

Photo: Brig. Gen. Richard Stone (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Park cut the ribbon for the opening ceremony for the Medical Simulation Training Center. (Photo by Val Hyde)
Brig. Gen. Richard Stone (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Park cut the ribbon for the opening ceremony for the Medical Simulation Training Center. (Photo by Val Hyde)

Most visually prominent at MSTC are three specific-action training rooms.

Each room has two Emergency Care Simulators (ECS). ECSs are feature-rich mannequins that allow for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.

ECS can be programmed to "live" or "die," explicitly through the actions of the combat medic trainees trying to keep ECS alive.

This, in turn, helps combat medics learn to provide proper care to Soldiers on the real battlefield.

The MSTC rooms are environmentally controlled to simulate daylight or darkness. A theater fog might simulate smoke from explosions and fire.


"Here at MSTC you have created a real-world environment to give a real-world experience that will pay huge dividends to our Soldiers."

Maj. Gen. Dean Sienko,
Commanding General,
3rd Medical Deployment Support Command

The sounds of battle also are blared out on audio speakers in the rooms. All are to simulate combat conditions.

The MSTC staff includes Cory Lamoreaux as the site manager, Maj. Dennis Klatt as the officer-in-charge, James Jeleniowski and Ray Layne as instructors, Sgt. Maj. Bruce Kaufman as the noncommissioned officer-in-charge and Cheryl Bettis as the administrative assistant. A third instructor’s position is planned.

MSTC’s higher headquarters is the Medical Readiness and Training Command in San Antonio.

Fort McCoy is one of 18 MSTCs nationwide, and the only one at an Army Reserve site.

(Michele is a public affairs specialist for Eagle Systems and Services Inc., contractor for CONUS Support Base Services.)

 

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