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    A new type of Soldier

    A new type of Soldier

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Brandon Jacobs | U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Hull, a combat medic with Team 1510, Alpha Company, 5th...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Brandon Jacobs 

    105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    HOHENFELS, Germany - An ever changing battle space requires an ever adaptable Soldier. One of these Soldiers has learned that first-hand throughout his 14 years of military service.
    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Hull, a combat medic with Team 1510, Alpha Company, 5th Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, who hails from Westchester, Ohio, served his first four years as a Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear specialist and spent the last 10 years as a combat medic.
    “I’ve been almost every possible type of medic from the line to senior treatment medic,” said Hull. “Pretty much everything that isn't in a clinic or hospital.”
    His new unit, the SFAB, also requires adaptability and flexibility. The SFAB is a relatively new concept and is currently among the approximately 5,600 participants from 15 nations working together during Exercise Allied Spirit X, a multinational training exercise conducted at the 7th Army Training Command’s Hohenfels Training area in southeastern Germany. Allied Spirit X echos the SFAB’s mission of enhancing interoperability between NATO and key partner nations.
    SFAB companies by nature are compact and mobile, which requires its Soldiers to be highly adaptable. A perfect fit for Hull’s versatility.
    “With only a 12-man company, I perform the tasks of multiple noncommissioned officers,” said Hull. “I’m not only the company medic but also the armorer, schools and training NCO as well.”
    The SFAB mission is training, advising, assisting, enabling and accompanying operations with allied and partner nations, each team must be a cohesive unit of professionals.
    Every U.S. Soldier in the SFAB is a volunteer who passed the Security Force Advisor Assessment qualification course, which is part of a rigorous selection process. The course focuses on teamwork, technical expertise and character - all traits needed to be an effective advisor.
    “All of our guys are older and more mature,” said 1st Sgt. Shane Carvella, first sergeant for A. Co., 5th Bn., 1st SFAB. “We need the higher level of professionalism that comes with experience.”
    Being a member of an SFAB unit takes dedication, perseverance and character, but in the end the payoff is shown in the camaraderie and professionalism of the Soldiers, said Hull.
    “We’re like a family,” said Hull. “It’s the late nights, early mornings and miles and miles walked together, it’s meeting people and learning new languages and all the culmination of experiences. The guys I work with are experts and the whole thing is an incredible experience.”
    When their time at Hohenfels is over and Allied Spirit X has come to an end, Hull will leave for a few weeks training in Hawaii, followed shortly by courses at the Army Trauma Training Center in Miami, Florida to continue his education and improve his skills as well as enhance the abilities of his team.



    Date Taken: 04.08.2019
    Date Posted: 04.17.2019 02:57
    Story ID: 318106
    Location: HOHENFELS, DE 
    Hometown: FORT BENNING, GA, US

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