|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Exercises and training that need military medical equipment support have
to come to a location, such as Fort McCoy, that has a Regional Training
Site (RTS)-Medical organization. Personnel involved in the Warrior
Exercise (WAREX) at Fort McCoy benefitted from medical scenarios
supported by staff from the installation’s RTS-Medical, said Gerry
Soldiers from the Medical
Readiness Training Command apply moulage to create a wound on a
medical mannequin for Soldiers to train on during the Warrior
Meyer, RTS-Medical executive officer, said the Army has sited its
major medical training equipment at RTS-Medical facilities at Fort
McCoy, Camp Parks, Calif., and Fort Gordon, Ga.
The approximately 100 units in Fort McCoy’s 16-state coverage area
only have basic medical equipment, such as an emergency medical
trauma set and one operations tent.
“They all have to come here to use the other equipment and for the
training,” Meyer said. “We handle the bigger equipment because the
units didn’t have enough time to take care of it properly.”
The medical personnel participated in Global Medic, which is
incorporated into the WAREX at Fort McCoy, to provide medical
support to the personnel involved in the exercise. Meyer said an
advantage of medical training is the services involved in it — Army,
Navy and Air Force — all use similar equipment.
During WAREX, medical personnel from the Medical Readiness Training
Command (MRTC) at San Antonio helped support the medical needs of
Capt. Lita Bryant of the MRTC said medical personnel from the
organization created and applied specific wounds/injuries to
sophisticated medical mannequins to support the WAREX
mission-essential sequence list.
“The mannequins will be used to support (all aspects) of the
training, such as the situational training exercises, the field
training exercises, etc.,” Bryant said.
Capt. Tiffany Cunningham and Staff Sgt. Kathryn Hubbard from the
MRTC Joint Visitor’s Bureau said high-ranking personnel from the
MRTC toured the exercise to see how medical assets from all three
services were incorporated and used during WAREX. This is good
training for real-life scenarios, such as deployments, because when
medical personnel are deployed there is a high probability they will
be working with medical personnel from other services, Cunningham
Lt. Col. Dennis Klatt, RTS-Medical clinic coordinator, said
RTS-Medical staff also offers classes to provide refresher training
and trauma/emergency information for medical personnel involved in
The training for WAREX included Trauma Nursing for nurses, Advanced
Cardio/Life Support for medical personnel and Basic Life Support.
Klatt said since medical personnel from all services use similar
equipment, the RTS-Medical staff can teach basic combat medical
skills to all military medical personnel.
“We can teach them how to put up hospitals, connect water and
electricity and how to use the equipment,” Klatt said. “It’s a
refresher for things they learn during the MOS (military
occupational specialty) training and also teaches them things not
taught during MOS training.”
Meyer said RTS-Medical can provide training for years one through
four in the Army Force Generation cycle. When the organization isn’t
holding training from October-February, RTS-Medical mobile training
teams visit the units in the organization’s coverage area, which
roughly runs north and south from Wisconsin-Minnesota to
RTS-Medical personnel teach the medical personnel how to use the
equipment and also help the units plan for upcoming training.
Lt. Col. Brad Richardson, Fort McCoy RTS-Medical site director, said
the medical training he has observed at Fort McCoy “is among the
finest medical training I have seen during my military experience.”