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    Coalition partners train to save lives

    Coalition partners train to save lives

    Photo By Sgt. Adam Erlewein | Wrangler medics from the 4th Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade and Czech Soldiers...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Adam Erlewein 

    4th Sustainment Brigade

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AFGHANISTAN – Wrangler medics from the 4th Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade conducted a Combat Life Saver refresher course for troops from the Czech military which focused on important lifesaving techniques at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan April 17, 2015.

    The CLS course is mandatory for all U.S. Army Soldiers to take prior to deploying to theaters of operations and has proven extremely affective towards treating injured Soldiers on the battlefield.

    The Wrangler medics having already provided several CLS courses to many of the Department of Defense Civilians on BAF, were contacted by the 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Solid to assist with training their Czech partners.

    Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Lopez-Bonaglia a native of Brookline, New Hampshire and the Medical Operations noncommissioned officer-in-charge for the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4RSSB communicated with the newly arrived Czech leadership to organize pertinent training that was structured to their needs.

    “After talking with them we were able to figure out what they wanted from our medics, and the things they wanted to go over that had to do with tactical casualty combat care,” said Lopez. “We also went over how to apply a Junction tourniquet (a specialized tourniquet that applies pressure to the pelvis area), how to properly call in a MEDEVAC (medical evacuation) and a MIST report (Mechanism of injury, type of Injury, Sign, and Treatment given)."

    Wrangler medics also taught the Czech Soldiers how to apply tourniquets to limbs, apply pressure bandages, and how to correctly treat other types of battlefield wounds. The Czech Soldiers were then given the opportunity to practice what they had learned with the Wrangler medics providing assistance and corrections to ensure the Czechs fully understood these lifesaving skills.

    Chief Warrant Officer 5 Milon Neumayer, a native of Plzen, Czech Republic with the 4th Brigade Quick Reaction Airborne unit, was one of the Czech Soldiers who received the valuable training from the Wrangler medics, and performed many of the training exercises flawlessly.

    “This is a very good experience and will help us save our guys in case they get hurt, and help keep my guys alive,” said Neumayer.

    Normally U.S. Soldiers don’t get the opportunity to assist with the training of other nation’s militaries. However, by giving these important lifesaving classes, the Wranglers were able to see why it’s important to work together as a coalition force while deployed.

    “I think we have very good cooperation together and are very glad to be able to share with your (Soldiers) experiences,” said Neumayer. “A lot of our guys really do enjoy working with our coalition forces.”



    Date Taken: 04.16.2015
    Date Posted: 04.30.2015 05:44
    Story ID: 161746
    Location: BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AF 
    Hometown: PLZEN, CZ
    Hometown: FORT HOOD, TX, US
    Hometown: VICTORVILLE, CA, US

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