Fort McCoy News June 26, 2015

McCoy site of DOD's largest joint medical exercise

FORT McCOY, Wis. — Global Medic, the largest joint patient-movement and medical field-training exercise within the Department of Defense, found a home at Fort McCoy for most of June.

Medical personnel with the 228th Combat Support Hospital of San Antonio help a simulated patient wearing a cut suit at a field hospital set up at Fort McCoy's Forward Operating Base Liberty. Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

This premier medical field training event is the only joint-accredited exercise within the Army Reserve. Training is conducted in a tough, demanding, and realistic environment to develop ready and resilient service members and units in order to conserve the fighting force.

Global Medic also included operations with Combined Joint Atlantic Serpent (CJAS) for the first time. CJAS is an annual exercise hosted in rotation between the United States and United Kingdom to maintain the good practices of health-care integration developed during military operations in Afghanistan.

The inaugural U.S.-hosted CJAS seeks to sustain inoperability between U.S. and British Army personnel by exercising field medical practices while sharing equipment, protocols, and battle drills in a tactical training environment to further enhance the ability to serve as coalition forces around the globe.

Combining CJAS and Global Medic results in the single-largest field medical-training exercise within the Department of Defense with approximately 1,600 service members from 17 states and two nations participating in the exercise. CJAS and Global Medic provide Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen an opportunity to train alongside their joint and coalition partners, learn from each other, and increase their battlefield competencies.

For more photographs of Global Medic, click here.

   (Article prepared by Medical Readiness and Training Command.)