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    Expert Field Medical Badge Awarded to 19 Individuals

    Expert Field Medical Badge Awarded to 19 Individuals

    Photo By Spc. Jillian Hix | U.S. Army Maj. Gen. D Scott McKean, commander, 2nd Infantry Division/Combined Republic...... read more read more



    Story by Pfc. Jillian Hix 

    20th Public Affairs Detachment

    CAMP CASEY, Republic of Korea- After weeks of testing and familiarization, only 19 Soldiers proved their medical understanding and earned the Expert Medical Field Badge May 23, 2019, Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, Camp Casey, Republic of Korea.

    One hundred and seventy-five Soldiers took on the challenge of trying to earn the EFMB and only 19 Soldiers made it to the end.

    “That badge that you wear inspires confidence,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Scott McKean, commander, 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-U.S. Combined Division. “That the medic that is working on me is going to save me.”

    To ensure the competitors were meeting the standards, the testing was governed by the rules of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, Joint Base San Antonio-Sam Houston, Texas.

    In 1965 the EFMB event was started Army-wide and was modeled after the Expert Infantryman’s Badge. The events will test the candidates medical knowledge, understanding, and how well they are able to give care when under pressure.

    “In the past couple of weeks only one hundred and seventy-five have took on this challenge and we see who is remaining,” said McKean. “Understand what you have done and this is more than the badge, it is something that represents what you have accomplished.”

    The events the competitors had to complete in order to earn the EFMB were tactical combat casualty care, medical and casualty evacuation, communication, warrior skills, land navigation, a written test and a 12-mile foot march in under three hours. Only 10% of medical personal have earned the EFMB.

    The recipients were presented with the EFMB by Maj. Gen. McKean and Col. Derek Cooper, commander, the 65th Medical Brigade, during a ceremony following the 12-mile foot march.

    In the traditions of Desmond Doss from WWII or Major Charles “DustOff” Kelly and what he did in Vietnam. The medics have never failed us. I am pretty confident after looking at the 19 sitting right there, that we are still in good hands as we move forward, said McKean.



    Date Taken: 05.23.2019
    Date Posted: 05.24.2019 04:08
    Story ID: 323848
    Location: CAMP CASEY, KR 

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