|Story & photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs
Combat medics from a Military Police Command conducted medical
recertification training from March 5-14 at Fort McCoy.
Sgt. 1st Class Fernando Garcia, the senior medic for the 200th Military
Police Command, headquartered at Fort Meade, Md., said he likes to bring
his unit to train at the Fort McCoy Medical Simulation Training Center
(MSTC) because the training here is “levels above the other ones.”
Pfc. Danielle A. Patton of the
4224th U.S. Army Hospital (left) and Spc. Daniel J. Shiffbauer
of the 346th Military Police Company (200th Military Police
Command) go through a training scenario at the Fort McCoy
Medical Simulation Training Center. Ray Layne, an instructor
with the Computer Science Corporation, observes.
The Soldiers, who have a military occupational specialty (MOS) of
68W, first learn the medical skills in the MSTC’s classroom environment,
“Then they go through a simulated combat environment that makes them
work on those skills.”
Unit members also train with other combat medics attending the training.
Garcia said this gives them a chance to network with other Soldiers and
learn how they approach medical scenarios.
Master Sgt. Bruce Kaufman, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the
MSTC, said the facility offers several medical courses to certify
The Soldiers from the 200th went through a 72-hour TC8-800 course, a
battle-focused prehospital trauma emergency course, Kaufman said.
The course taught medical skills required to meet National Register of
Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) re-registration training
requirements, and enables Soldier medics to work in a civilian position,
although not all of them do, he said.
Luis Illescas, an instructor with
the Computer Science Corporation for the Medical Simulation
Training Center (MSTC), and Sgt. Jesse Schultz of the 372nd
Military Police Company of the 200th Military Police Command,
Fort Meade, Md., check equipment before a training scenario.
Nine members of the 200th attended the training at the MSTC at
Medical training in the course included trauma assessment and
treatment; airway management; intravenous access; medications and
management; medical assessment and treatment; triage and evacuation;
cardiopulmonary resuscitation management; obstetrics; and pediatric
The hands-on training and skills testing is facilitated with lifelike
mannequins that can be programmed to simulate breathing, bleeding, etc.,
and also allows the medical personnel to take and record vital signs,
such as pulse, respirations, blood pressure, etc., he said.
Soldier medics are encouraged to take this necessary training annually,
but they are required to complete the training every two years, with the
training recertification deadline being March 31, Kaufman said.
“We are ready to meet any unit’s need to conduct whatever medical
training it needs,” he said.
The MSTC also offers the battle-focused prehospital trauma emergency
course individual table (component) training, a 110-hour EMT-basic full
course and a 24-hour (three-day) EMT-basic refresher course, he said.
Other course offerings include the 40-hour combat life-saver course, and
four-hour improved first-aid kit familiarization training.
Spc. Seth Davis, a combat medic with the 56th Military Police Company of
Mesa, Ariz., said the training was some of the best he had received. The
instructors were knowledgeable and knew their way around deployment
scenarios, he added.
“I also learned the MARCH technique to help treat patients,” Davis said.
MARCH stands for massive bleeding, airway, respirations, circulation and
hypothermia. “Before, we had been taught the ABC (Airways, Breathing and
Circulation) techniques, but MARCH is much more advanced.”
Spc. Daniel Stiles, a combat medic with the 372nd Military Police of
Cumberland, Md., said the training also included medics from medical,
civil affairs and other units so they could see how the medical
scenarios play out and would be handled by medical personnel in
different military situations.
“We also received hands-on training in real-world medical scenarios,”
Stiles said. “The experience of the instructors, who are former military
personnel and in the same MOS, helps prepare us for what we will face if
we’re deployed, for example.”
Army units and individuals desiring to use the medical training
resources at the Fort McCoy MSTC can contact the MSTC at 608-388-1136.