Story & Photos by Tom Michele, Eagle Systems and
Combat medics treat simulated
injured infantry Soldiers during a firefight in a village at a
Mobile Urban Training Site at Fort McCoy. The medics had removed
the injured Soldiers from the line of fire to stabilize them
before evacuation. The training was part of pre-deployment medic
The 68W combat medic pre-deployment training course, which is
concluding its one-year stay at Fort McCoy, is being declared a success
by management and course instructors alike.
The course, which is mandatory for all deploying 68W National Guard
and Army Reserve Soldiers, previously had been held at Camp Bullis,
Texas, as well as 11 various locations throughout the United States.
Sgt. Maj. Bruce Timmins, noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the 181st
Infantry Brigade’s Medical Training Battalion, said “in the year the
course was at McCoy, more than 2,800 Soldier medics received the
required pre-deployment training.”
“It has been very much a success at Fort McCoy,” Timmins said. “We were
able to train Soldier medics to be better prepared to accomplish their
theater medical missions.”
Timmins said the biggest impact this training has provided to the U.S.
armed forces is that Soldier medic skills are enhanced to meet mission
Smoke camouflages a Soldier’s
movements during a dismounted combat patrol at a Fort McCoy
This is important since many of these medics do not regularly
practice medicine as part of their civilian jobs.
Medical Battalion Commander Col. Danny Tye said this training results
in “expertly trained Soldier medics with the required skills to save
lives on the battlefield.”
Since this specific training began, the combat mortality rate decreased
from the 20 to 30 percent in prior conflicts to less than 2 percent now.
In the past four years the Medical Training Battalion has trained in
excess of 10,000 Soldier medics to stringent National Registry and Army
Medical Center and School Standards.
Tye said the now-concluding pre-deployment training course is evolving
into a slightly different Pre Deployment Trauma Training (PDTT) designed
to have mobile training teams train brigade combat team medics at
Combat medics gather details for
documentation from detainees during a pre-deployment training
class at Fort McCoy. Pictured from left are Sgt. Stacey Tyus,
instructor, and medics Staff Sgt. Armind Guting, Spc. Marshe
Harvey and Staff Sgt. Richard McDougle.
The new PDTT course is being established at the Army Medical School
in San Antonio, and now is required Armywide.
“Our organization at Fort McCoy is being disestablished,” Tye said. “The
last training day was Oct. 2, and the last day personnel will be at Fort
McCoy will be Dec. 1.”