DVIDS – News – US and Ukrainian medics train together during Combined Resolve XVI



HOHENFELS, Germany – Medical procedures can vary around the world, but the need to help others is universal.

During Combined Resolve XVI (CBR XVI), U.S. and Ukrainian soldiers compared emergency medical procedures to find efficient ways to treat patients quickly and safely.

“We are working on how we will conduct our patient transfers from the battlefield with our fictional patients,” said Spc. Guillermo Guzman, Specialist for Combat Medic 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment (1-16IN) “Iron Rangers”, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division (1 / 1ID). “In a real-world event where we are with our allies, we have a general starting point from which we can proceed step-by-step.”

The role of the combat medic is to provide the first level of care and to correctly communicate the required level of treatment when evacuating wounded personnel for further treatment during training and on the field.

“We need to have this trust between the teams to make sure they know our process, and even with the language barrier we can handle any victim, Ukrainian, Romanian, American, etc.,” said Sgt. Jong Han, a combat medic in 1-16IN, 1 / 1ID “We are all able to do our job, treat them and have them evacuated to the next level of care.”

The teams were given the opportunity to practice moving patients between the US Army’s M113 infantry fighting vehicle and the Ukraine BMM-4S armored ambulance, which often have different methods of securing hospital beds for transportation. Soldiers from both nations provided opportunities to ride in each other’s vehicles to better understand how patient care may differ between the two.

“It’s important to have that familiarity with each other, with our vehicles, with our equipment, with how they operate things, and how we operate things,” Han said.

During CBR XVI, working out these details in the garrison will help maximize their time together in the field and also build camaraderie between the two armies as they train together.

“The training was great,” said Guzman. “It was a big eye-opener to see how the Ukrainian medics work, and it’s something new. We may have our different platforms, but we can see how each other’s strategies work in our medical platforms. “

Even before the major CBR XVI events began, medical professionals from both nations were one step ahead and ready to work together.

CBR XVI is a 7th Army Training Command-led, 7th / 1IDs ability to conduct operations in a complex simulated multi-domain combat space.

Recording date: 02/12/2021
Release Date: 05/12/2021 4:36 AM
Story ID: 410450

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