Saving lives on the battlefield

24th Press Camp Headquarters
Story by Sgt. Betty Y. Boomer

Date: 11.09.2013
Posted: 11.17.2013 16:39
News ID: 116889
Saving lives on the battlefield

MCGREGOR RANGE, N.M. — Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, continue to evaluate equipment and systems for the Army Network Integration Evaluation 14.1 at McGregor Range Complex, N.M., Nov. 9.<br /> <br /> NIE 14.1 continues to provide a realistic and operational environment for soldiers to perform better on the battlefield. While the military provides soldiers with the equipment they need and the measures to evacuate soldiers in a medical emergency, NIE 14.1 focuses on the MEDEVAC helicopters and their structure.<br /> <br /> The Forward Support Medical Evacuation platoon is designed to have three medical evacuation crews along with three HH-60 Pave Hawk MEDEVAC helicopters. The crews provide modern-medical-care treatment for soldiers from the evacuation site en-route to a medical treatment facility. Onboard systems include oxygen-generating systems, patient monitors and an external rescue hoist.<br /> <br /> “We’ve been running 24-hour MEDEVAC coverage for the past two days to support the mission,” said 1st Lt. Travis Fielder, Forward Support Medevac Platoon leader.<br /> <br /> With the Red Cross Insignia on the side of the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter, crewmembers can focus on their patients while being escorted by other helicopters providing security support during the evacuation of casualties.<br /> <br /> “When we receive the call for a MEDEVAC, we have 15 minutes to get off the ground en-route to that point of injury,” said Fielder.<br /> <br /> As NIE 14.1 continues through mid-November, Fielder and his crew expect to use this training environment to their advantage to better prepare for emergency situations.