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    Focused medical training continues during Fort Cavazos joint service medical exercise

    Focused medical training continues during Fort Cavazos joint service medical exercise

    Photo By Sgt. Peter Martinez | U.S. Army 1st. Lt. Lydia Wagner, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, receives...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Peter Martinez 

    343rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    FORT CAVAZOS, Texas – U.S. joint services and multinational military partners participated in extensive training to sharpen their medical skills during the Joint Emergency Medicine Exercise (JEMX), June 7, 2023.

    Some soldiers are getting their first experience since their Advanced Individual Training school with blood draws at the autologous fresh whole blood transfusion event, which is one of multiple scenarios here at JEMX.

    “This is something that definitely should be practiced beforehand In this clinical setting,” said

    Spc. David Clark, a medic assigned to the 19th Engineer Battalion, after he practiced a blood transfusion.

    He removed blood from a soldier then placed the blood back into the soldier’s bloodstream with saline solution to ensure all the blood taken out was replaced.

    This event is used to train soldiers so that they are better prepared in a real combat situation for when a soldier is wounded and needs blood.
    “Practice, practice and more practice,” said Clark.

    The more the medics can practice in a stable environment, the more they will be able to reflect on their training for the battlefield.

    “I think it’s a great opportunity to get battlefield training,” said 1st Lt. Lydia Wagner, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research.

    Wagner, who mainly works in the hospital space explained this is a chance for her to set out and get exposure to things she wouldn’t normally see and be prepared for if she were on the battlefield.

    “More training please,” said Clark, who was excited to get back to more training after the lunch break.

    Soldiers are appreciative of training so that they can get more chances to practice their trade.

    “We get to apply what we learned and not be in a classroom,” said Wagner.

    In this environment, military medical professionals like Wagner can use training and learn techniques from the qualified instructors who are watching and guiding each medical training participant.

    “You might know something, or think you might know something, and then when you go to do it, you realize quickly that it’s different than the classroom,” Wagner said.

    Clark, who joined the Army directly after graduating high school has been serving for a year and 9 months.

    Wagner commissioned directly after college and has been serving for a year and 6 months.

    Since Sunday, June 4, Fort Cavazos has been hosting this exercise in field environments and indoors, depending on the requirement of each event. Events include Patient Perspective (Wounded Warrior), Tactical Combat Casualty Care(TCCC), damage control resuscitation/surgery, care of Military Working Dogs(WMD), autologous fresh whole blood transfusion, burn management and Critical Care Air Transport Team(CCATT).



    Date Taken: 06.07.2023
    Date Posted: 06.08.2023 16:37
    Story ID: 446514
    Location: FORT CAVAZOS, TX, US

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