CAMP EDWARDS, JOINT BASE CAPE COD, Mass. – Soldiers from the 118th Multi-Functional Medical Battalion, 141st Ground Ambulance Company, and 142nd Area Support Medical Company travelled to the Cape Cod area for two weeks of annual training, July 12 through 25.
During the training period, National Guard medics and medical support staff completed numerous training activities, including “Table 8”; the medical community’s annual task evaluation and certification course. In addition, the Soldiers of the 118th, 141st, and 142nd completed numerous Army Warrior Tasks and a 72-hour Field Training Exercise designed to test unit procedures and competencies.
The event included simulated attacks at Tactical Training Base Kelley, the Forward Operating Base on Camp Edwards where the battalion was stationed for the FTX. The opposing forces attacked the gate using simulated small arms fire and explosives, providing the medical teams with the opportunity to rehearse and test their life-saving skills in a variety of realistic scenarios.
“I am super impressed with the level of competency shown in ever Soldier,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Cindy Tranter, chief operations sergeant, 118th, and one of the evaluators for the FTX. “We had to keep stepping up our game to increase the Soldier and medical scenario challenges.”
Soldier tasks must trained slowly so that we can operate smooth and fast; by the book, said Staff Sgt. Matthew Lagasse, treatment team leader, 142nd. The unit mission was to provide casualty support as closely as possible to the point of contact in order to assess and treat victims quickly and move them to the next level of treatment as necessary.
“The Soldiers did a great job and overcame all obstacles,” said 1st Sgt. Karl Souffront, 142nd. Souffront was impressed by the efficiency and professionalism demonstrated during the various exercises.
“Though it appeared chaotic, roles remained clearly defined and authority was exercised at every level of rank to get the mission accomplished,” said Tranter. “I saw [specialists] directing [sergeants first class] because that was their role. Egos were absent and the job got done … well. I am very honored to have witnessed it and proud to be a part of this battalion.”