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    NMOTC graduates Navy’s first R2LM team

    NMOTC trains first Navy R2LM team

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Lieberknecht | 170807-N-AO823-152 NORFOLK (Aug. 7, 2017)— Students of the Navy’s first Role 2...... read more read more

    NORFOLK (Aug. 11, 2017)— The Navy’s first Role 2 Light Maneuver team (R2LM) graduated from training Aug. 11 at Surface Warfare Medical Institute (SWMI) East on Naval Station Norfolk.

    The team consists of seven Navy Medicine professionals who met each other for the first time three weeks ago. During the course, R2LM members shared prior experiences, attended briefs, and drilled on treating combat casualties, honing their skills and strengthening their bond as a team.

    “Medically, everyone on the team knew what they were doing,” said R2LM student Lt. j.g. Patrick Magajna. “It’s more of getting seven people who had never work together to work together.”

    The element of taking Sailors from varying medical backgrounds and putting them on a team designed to deploy as a combat trauma and surgical team to both the battlefield and at sea is a first in the Navy.

    “We all have our own different experiences throughout our medical careers,” said R2LM student Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Kevin Munro. “When you bring all of that together it makes a very strong, cohesive medical unit.”

    Some of the more trying training scenarios happened on guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DG 84) where the team was put to the test in a simulation scenario treating wounded patients in confined and un-familiar areas.

    “I think we came together a lot,” said R2LM student Lt. Michelle Miller. “We used the knowledge we had, some of us have some ship-board experience. We were happy for the end of the day when that evolution was completed.”

    SWMI is a detachment of Navy Medicine Operational Training Center, whose commanding officer, Capt. Mark Goto, was in attendance to see the team off and congratulate them on their hard work.

    “I am extremely proud of the effort and collaboration that has gone into the inaugural R2LM class,” said Goto. "Particularly the instructors, subject-matter experts and team members from around the country who have come together to have a team trained and ready to deploy to answer the urgent needs that our armed forces are facing in the current tumultuous situations worldwide. All to save that one service member so that he or she can return to their families."

    NMOTC and SWMI plan to continue the R2LM training in the future, looking to provide the Navy with more highly flexible life-saving teams.

    “NMOTC never intended this to be just a ‘one-and-done’,” said Cmdr. Christopher Niles, Director for Training at NMOTC and R2LM course pilot chairman. “We aim to continue our initiative by improving R2LM from course to course. This was the start, and NMOTC is here to see it through.”



    Date Taken: 08.11.2017
    Date Posted: 08.11.2017 11:01
    Story ID: 244585
    Location: NORFOLK, VA, US 

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