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Posted: August 3, 2018 11:54 a.m.
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Medics combat stress with lane training

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Sgt. Arthur Jarret (left) and Pfc. Jesse Lowman (right) of 703rd BSB, 2ABCT, 3rd ID, treat and prepare a casualty for transport under high stress conditions during the medical stree lane training exercise, July 20, at Fort Stewart.

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Combat medics of 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, excelled under high tension during the Stress Medic Lane field training exercise, July 16, at Fort Stewart.

The Soldiers trained to doctrine standards before initial testing. Medics faced continuous evaluation while controlling the situation, treating casualties, and transmitting a nine-line MEDEVAC over the course of five days. Soldiers were split into groups of four to accomplish their tasks, and similar to how fast the battlefield can change, the exercise quickly evolved into a friendly competition.

“The purpose of today’s exercise is to certify our ability to execute first-aid to casualties on the battlefield,” said Sgt. Cody Blackmon, senior combat medic from Co. C, 703rd BSB.

Spc. Daniel Schwartz, a combat medic assigned to Co. C, 703rd BSB, increased the event's intensity with concurrent chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear instruction that directed Soldiers on mission oriented protective posture equipment, and how to react if they’re exposed to hazardous chemicals.

“It’s important each medic knows how to evacuate a contaminated area without causing harm to the casualty or themselves,” Schwartz said. “A gas mask should be implemented within a nine second [time] frame.”

The exercise concluded with patient transport to and from a M113 Armored Personnel Carrier, July 20.

 


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