407th CA BN Share Combat Casualty Care Experience with AMISOM Soldiers

U.S. Army Maj. Thomas Webster, assigned to Functional Specialty Team, Bravo Company, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, asks medics of the Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) what the four categories of triage are during a medical engagement in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 9, 2014. U.S. Army Maj. Asks Medics of the BNDF what the Four Categories of Triage are during Medical Engagement

U.S. Army Maj. Thomas Webster, assigned to Functional Specialty Team, Bravo Company, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, asks medics of the Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) what the four categories of triage are during a medical engagement in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 9, 2014. Webster was one of three Army medical professionals who demonstrated Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) skills to BNDF in preparation for their support of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). AMISOM is an active, regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Webster, medic assigned to Functional Specialty Team, Bravo Company, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, makes an improvised tourniquet during a medical engagement with medics of the Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 9, 2014. U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Makes Improvised Tourniquet during Medical Engagement

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Webster, medic assigned to Functional Specialty Team, Bravo Company, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, makes an improvised tourniquet during a medical engagement with medics of the Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 9, 2014. Webster was one of three Army medical professionals who demonstrated Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) skills to BNDF in preparation for their support of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). AMISOM is an active, regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

A medic with the Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) treats an impaled object in another soldier’s eye during a hands-on exercise as part of a medical engagement in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 9, 2014 with U.S. Army medics assigned to Functional Specialty Team, Bravo Company, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Medic with BNDF Treats Impaled Object in another Soldier's Eye during Hands-On Exercise

A medic with the Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) treats an impaled object in another soldier’s eye during a hands-on exercise as part of a medical engagement in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 9, 2014 with U.S. Army medics assigned to Functional Specialty Team, Bravo Company, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Three U.S. Army medical professionals advised Burundian soldiers on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) for five days, demonstrating skills to BNDF in preparation for their support of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). AMISOM is an active, regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

U.S. Army Maj. Thomas Webster, assigned to Functional Specialty Team, Bravo Company, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, describes injuries and appropriate treatment techniques to medics of the Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) during a medical engagement in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 9, 2014. U.S. Army Maj. Describes Injuries and Appropriate Treatment Techniques to Medics of the BNDF

U.S. Army Maj. Thomas Webster, assigned to Functional Specialty Team, Bravo Company, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, describes injuries and appropriate treatment techniques to medics of the Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) during a medical engagement in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 9, 2014. Webster was one of three Army medical professionals who demonstrated Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) skills to BNDF in preparation for their support of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). AMISOM is an active, regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)

U.S. Army Soldiers from the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion (CA BN) shared combat casualty care tactics and techniques May 21, 2014, with 25 nurses and medics of the Burundi National Defense Force in Bujumbura.

The Soldiers also shared how to think through stress that affects actions in combat, and how to train in a manner that prepares medics to react quickly.

“I saw a lot of medics freeze downrange because they never heard about threat stress and I don’t want that for anybody else,” said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Watson, 407th CA BN NCO in charge of the Function Specialty Team. “… if a medic freezes, then that’s the few seconds that may break the person’s ability to survive.”

From casualties in combat, Watson said 15 percent can be saved using techniques they shared with the BNDF Soldiers.

“Nine percent is just because of hemorrhage,” he said. ‘so … we are making sure that we are teaching them all the ways we have used in the past that are actually saving lives on the battlefield.”

During the five-day course, the 407th CA BN soldiers said the tactics they shared produced results.

“On day one it was taking four [people] to move one [casualty], now it’s just taking one or two,” Watson said. “… they understand why we train as we are going to fight so they actually have to apply the tourniquet. It is going to hurt a little … but but if they do it in training, then when their stress level increases they are still going to do it the exact same way.”

Lt. Kubwinana Gurenit, BNDF nurse, said the techniques the 407th CA BN shared with them will help them during their missions in Somalia.

“… it is going to help us in Somalia … to evacuate the Soldiers from the field to treat them [as] soon as possible,” he said. “American Soldiers also help us fight fear in ourselves and to be good in combat.”

Kubwinana said the week was important because their upcoming deployment in support of the Africa Union Mission in Somalia may require them to use the techniques they learned from working with the 407th CA BN.

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