CJTF-HOA presents flight medic seminar to RDF

KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 25, 2011) - U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team surgeon Colonel David Hayes, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, explains the different bandages commonly used in an Army combat medic's bag to battalion medical officers of the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) and Rwanda Air Force January 25, 2011. Members of all services partnered together for a seminar on medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations in support of the RDF's deployment preparation for the United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 25, 2011) - U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team surgeon Colonel David Hayes, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, explains the different bandages commonly used in an Army combat medic's bag to battalion medical officers of the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) and Rwanda Air Force January 25, 2011. Members of all services partnered together for a seminar on medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations in support of the RDF's deployment preparation for the United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell)
KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 26, 2011) - U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team surgeon Colonel David Hayes, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, and members of the Rwanda Defense Force discuss principles of patient triage January 26, 2011. Members of both services partnered together for a seminar on medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations in support of the RDF's deployment preparation for the United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 26, 2011) - U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team surgeon Colonel David Hayes, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, and members of the Rwanda Defense Force discuss principles of patient triage January 26, 2011. Members of both services partnered together for a seminar on medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations in support of the RDF's deployment preparation for the United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell)
KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 26, 2011) - U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team surgeon Colonel David Hayes, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, presents a casualty scenario to Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) battalion medical officers during a flight medicine seminar January 26, 2010. The seminar, requested by the RDF, presented information on U.S. military medical evacuation procedures with rotary aircraft in support of the RDF's growing inventory of search and rescue enabled aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 26, 2011) - U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team surgeon Colonel David Hayes, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, presents a casualty scenario to Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) battalion medical officers during a flight medicine seminar January 26, 2010. The seminar, requested by the RDF, presented information on U.S. military medical evacuation procedures with rotary aircraft in support of the RDF's growing inventory of search and rescue enabled aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell)
KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 26, 2011) - Captain Gisanura Ngabo, Rwanda Air Force (RAF) general physician, signals the arrival of a Mi-17 helicopter January 26, 2011. The helicopter was used to familiarize Rwanda Defense Force battalion medical officers in medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations during a seminar with soldiers of the U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 26, 2011) - Captain Gisanura Ngabo, Rwanda Air Force (RAF) general physician, signals the arrival of a Mi-17 helicopter January 26, 2011. The helicopter was used to familiarize Rwanda Defense Force battalion medical officers in medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations during a seminar with soldiers of the U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell)
KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 26, 2011) - U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team combat medic Sergeant 1st Class Steven Newhausen, center, walks through patient unloading procedures from a Mi-17 helicopter January 26, 2011. The helicopter was used to familiarize Rwanda Defense Force battalion medical officers in medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations during a seminar with soldiers of the U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 26, 2011) - U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team combat medic Sergeant 1st Class Steven Newhausen, center, walks through patient unloading procedures from a Mi-17 helicopter January 26, 2011. The helicopter was used to familiarize Rwanda Defense Force battalion medical officers in medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations during a seminar with soldiers of the U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell)
KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 28, 2011) - Captain Vincent Ngenzi, Rwanda Air Force, sits in a search and rescue-enabled Mi-17 helicopter January 26, 2011. The helicopter was used to familiarize Rwanda Defense Force battalion medical officers in medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations during a seminar with soldiers of the U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 28, 2011) - Captain Vincent Ngenzi, Rwanda Air Force, sits in a search and rescue-enabled Mi-17 helicopter January 26, 2011. The helicopter was used to familiarize Rwanda Defense Force battalion medical officers in medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations during a seminar with soldiers of the U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell)
KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 26, 2011) - U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team surgeon Colonel David Hayes, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, right, and members of the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) practice unloading litters January 26, 2011. The exercise was used to familiarize RDF battalion medical officers to medical evacuation procedures in rotary aircraft in support of the RDF's growing inventory of search and rescue-enabled aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 26, 2011) - U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team surgeon Colonel David Hayes, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, right, and members of the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) practice unloading litters January 26, 2011. The exercise was used to familiarize RDF battalion medical officers to medical evacuation procedures in rotary aircraft in support of the RDF's growing inventory of search and rescue-enabled aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell)
KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 28, 2011) Captain Vincent Ngenzi, Rwanda Air Force, stands in front of a Mi-17 helicopter January 26, 2011. The helicopter was used to familiarize Rwanda Defense Force battalion medical officers in medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations during a seminar with soldiers of the U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 28, 2011) Captain Vincent Ngenzi, Rwanda Air Force, stands in front of a Mi-17 helicopter January 26, 2011. The helicopter was used to familiarize Rwanda Defense Force battalion medical officers in medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations during a seminar with soldiers of the U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team currently assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell)
KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 26, 2011) - U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team surgeon Colonel David Hayes, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, right, listens to Lieutenant Phocas Mukibi, Rwanda Defense Force battalion medical officer, give a 9-line medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) request January 26, 2011. Both forces partnered together for a seminar on medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations in support of the RDF's growing inventory of search and rescue-enabled aircraft for their deployment for the United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine Mcdowell) CJTF-HOA Photo KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 26, 2011) - U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team surgeon Colonel David Hayes, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, right, listens to Lieutenant Phocas Mukibi, Rwanda Defense Force battalion medical officer, give a 9-line medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) request January 26, 2011. Both forces partnered together for a seminar on medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations in support of the RDF's growing inventory of search and rescue-enabled aircraft for their deployment for the United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine Mcdowell)
KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 26, 2011) - U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team surgeon Colonel David Hayes, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, left, Colonel Joseph Demali, Rwanda Air Force chief of staff, center, and Major Kabalisa Vianney, Rwanda Defense Force officer, give closing remarks at the end of a flight medicine seminar January 28, 2011.  The seminar, presented by soldiers of the 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, was used to familiarize Rwanda Defense Force battalion medical officers in medical evacuation procedures in support of the RDF's deployment preparation for the United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 26, 2011) - U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team surgeon Colonel David Hayes, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, left, Colonel Joseph Demali, Rwanda Air Force chief of staff, center, and Major Kabalisa Vianney, Rwanda Defense Force officer, give closing remarks at the end of a flight medicine seminar January 28, 2011. The seminar, presented by soldiers of the 402nd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, was used to familiarize Rwanda Defense Force battalion medical officers in medical evacuation procedures in support of the RDF's deployment preparation for the United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell)
KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 28, 2011) - Attendees from the Rwanda Defense Force and U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, pose for a group photo January 28, 2011. Service members of both forces partnered together for a seminar on medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations in support of the RDF's deployment preparation for the United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 28, 2011) - Attendees from the Rwanda Defense Force and U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, pose for a group photo January 28, 2011. Service members of both forces partnered together for a seminar on medical evacuation procedures and rotary wing operations in support of the RDF's deployment preparation for the United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kathrine McDowell)

KIGALI, Rwanda (Jan. 28, 2011) – A two soldier traveling contact team from the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team (FxSp), assigned to Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, recently to facilitate a flight medic operations seminar to Rwanda Defense Force battalion medical officers (BMO) and exchange ideas on medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) procedures in support of pre-deployment preparations for the United Nations – African Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

The seminar was a response to a request last year when, during a military-to-military event, the medical personnel in attendance expressed a desire to have additional information presented about U.S. military MEDEVAC procedures using rotary aircraft.

With Rwanda becoming the primary troop contributing country to UNAMID peace support operations, the MEDEVAC familiarization demonstrations and lectures would enhance the RDF’s growing search and rescue (SAR) capabilities.

“This type of [seminar] is especially good for our forces going to support the peacekeeping mission in Darfur because that is really where we are focused,” said Rwanda Defense Force general physician William Kanyakole. “The information presented here is very relevant because it really puts us on the ground with knowledge and understanding to help incorporate our procedures to the UN way of doing things.”

He went on to explain that since Rwanda will be able to use SAR equipped helicopters in Darfur, RDF medical personnel can be more effective in treating battlefield casualties through triage and improvements in patient treatment in transit.

“You couldn’t triage patients on the battlefield,” Kanyakole said. “Darfur is an open land where you can be viewed over long distances, your numbers and even your weapons. You must load casualties [in vehicles], disappear and do triage later.”

Also included in the event were practical exercises in triage, loading and unloading patients, landing zone preparations and the 9-line MEDEVAC request, a radio transmission with standardized information used by soldiers to request the extraction of casualties from the battlefield by vehicle or aircraft.

“The airlift operations practical was important,” Kanyakole said. “It’s what we lack. Now that we will use helicopters for MEDEVAC it is important to know how to load and unload patients, how to call the helicopter for assistance and prepare the landing zone for their arrival.”

As the seminar progressed through the week, all participants saw that differences between the two forces were few.

“There are some differences,” said U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion FxSp surgeon Colonel David Hayes. “I think a lot of the differences that we have identified have to do with the environment the RDF normally functions in. They have developed their methods, procedures and policies to fit the kinds of missions that they have been presented with.”

For Kanyakole, the seminar was a prime example of the importance of partnering up with a foreign force.

“It’s a very good experience,” he said. “You compare what other people do with what you do and improve where necessary. You can learn other techniques that you don’t use here because the terrain is quite different so you learn a lot.”

“Everyone knows that the Rwanda Army is a very disciplined people,” said Captain Gisanura Ngabo, Rwanda Air Force general physician. “We have a thirst to know, we want to improve ourselves all the time and are ready to serve.”

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