|Story & photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Combat medics from the North Dakota Army National Guard honed their
skills to recertify during a 48-hour mid-March training session at
Regional Training Site (RTS)-Medical Fort McCoy.
Combat medic Soldiers from the North Dakota Army National Guard
train on medical procedures during a 48-hour sustainment course
at Regional Training Site-Medical Fort McCoy. The Soldiers
trained on a number of tasks necessary to perform their duties.
At the end of the classroom training, the Soldiers participated
in hands-on training to demonstrate how the skills should be
applied to a simulated real-world combat/field scenario.
Aaron Simpson, a combat medic with the Minnesota National Guard and
an RTS-Medical instructor, said the sustainment training is an annual
requirement for combat medics who have the 68W (health care specialist)
military occupational specialty (MOS). All units with medical personnel
in the RTS-Medical Fort McCoy support area can take the 48-hour Training
Circular (TC) 8-800 course.
“We offer more training aids and supplies than the Soldiers would have
back in their home units to support their training,” Simpson said. “As
instructors, we also ensure we know, use and pass along to our students
the Army’s latest and greatest medical technologies, knowledge and
Troops learn and review the information in a crawl, walk, and run
format. Simpson said classroom and hands-on training is provided to
teach the basics for medical training requirements in the first seven
training tables. A hands-on scenario that challenges them to use all the
information they have received and successfully apply it in a
combat/field exercise completes the eighth training table and the
Capt. Stephanie Collins, a medical operations officer with the 141st
Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) of Fargo, N.D., said the medical
personnel taking the training were from a variety of units.
Aaron Simpson (second from right), a combat medic with the
Minnesota National Guard and a Regional Training Site-Medical
instructor, instructs North Dakota Army National Guard combat
medics. The Soldiers took a 48-hour sustainment course at Fort
McCoy to maintain and certify their combat medic skills.
In addition to the 141st MEB, medical personnel from the 817th Combat
Engineer Company and the 188th Engineer Company, the 1st, 188th Air
Defense Artillery (ADA) and the 191st Military Police Company
participated in the training.
“We have so many taskings that it’s good we come here and everyone is
trained in the same way,” Collins said. “That way, if we have to pull
medics from these units for a mission, we know they all have the same
training and will all provide the same quality treatment.”
Sgt. Eli Peters, a combat medic with the 1st, 188th ADA Rear Detachment
of Grand Forks, said his unit does not have facilities or training aids
similar to those available at RTS-Medical.
“This is the first time in five years I could do the training all at one
time,” Peters said. “It’s not possible to do this at home station.”
Simpson said Soldiers drilling at their home stations must ensure the
unit’s mission is accomplished, and sometimes this means the medical
training is a lower priority.
Training at RTS-Medical Fort McCoy ensures necessary medical training is
received, he said. Many of the personnel work in the medical field in
their civilian careers. Simpson said personnel who complete the 48-hour
medical training also meet the emergency medical technician (EMT)
certification requirements and can work as an EMT in the civilian
medical career field.
Several of the troops attending the training work as EMTs for civilian
medical organizations and can share their military knowledge in their
civilian jobs, he said.
In addition to 68W MOS sustainment training, RTS-Medical also offers a
wide variety of medical war fighting functional training to include
deployable medical systems, field sanitation, exercise support, Lanes
training, combat lifesaver, and collective training events.
For more information about RTS-Medical training at Fort McCoy or at home
station, unit personnel can call 608-388-2544 or visit the Army Training
Requirements and Resources System, which is the Department of the Army
Management Information System of Record for managing student training,
school code 930F. Additionally, information about RTS-Medical is
available on Facebook (Regional Training Site-Medical).