CJTF-HOA Soldiers, Kenya Defense Forces Share Medical Practices
A team from Bravo Company of the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion and the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron shared combat first aid methods with the Kenya Defense Force June 9 - 20, 2014, at the Humanitarian Peace and Support School.
The four members from B Co, 407th CA BN and the 82nd ERQS shared Tactical Combat Casualty Care with 29 members from the KDF Army, Air Force and Navy.
“The first couple of days we assessed their skills and capabilities,” said Sgt. 1st Class John Quinn, B Co 407th CA BN medic. “We got a baseline and learned what kind of medical supplies they’re used to working with in the field.”
TCCC is a first-aid program the U.S. military uses and introduces life-saving techniques and strategies for providing trauma care in the field.
“We shared our methodology of TCCC,” Quinn said. “We went through the three different phases of TCCC which are care under fire, tactical field care and tactical evacuation.”
Some of the shared methods included tourniquet and bandage application, establishing a mass casualty triage, and carries.
“We were working with a lot of improvised materials,” Quinn said. “We really emphasized that you could do all of those skill sets using basic tools.”
The U.S. service members 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.
“We covered MASCAL and aspects of triage on the battlefield,” Quinn said. “They had to go out in small teams and had more patients than they could deal with and they had to learn how to prioritize.”
The 407th CA BN plays a vital role in Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa’s mission of building relationships and strengthening partnerships by sharing with East African nations.