Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) announced its Aviation Division and Special Operations troopers rescued a man who was injured in a remote area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Upon request by park rangers with the U.S. National Park Service, last weekend the THP dispatched a UH-1 Huey helicopter loaded with troopers trained in search and rescue.
Aviation and Special Op members successfully rescued Joey Watson, a 20-year-old college student from Eldorado, IL, who slipped and fell while hiking the trails in the Appalachian Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers of Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a live grenade qualification range September 3rd, 2013, at Fort Campbell, KY.
This was the first time in nearly four years that the unit had participated in a live grenade range.
Written by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario
Bagram, Afghanistan – Task Force Lifeliner medics broaden their medical skill set as they receive aeromedical evacuation training by the U.S. Air Force, building new relationships and communication that will assist them in the event of a catastrophic incident where soldiers and airmen work alongside each other.
Learning to understand each other and to adapt to changes and new procedures are essential to ensure patients get proper care and treatment.
Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – Medics and other first responders with Task Force Lifeliner put their skills to test during a training exercise focused on a mass-casualty situation June 7th at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.
Mass-casualty exercises (MASCAL) assist medics in preparing themselves to make critical decisions under extreme circumstances. The ability to know what tools are needed at the right time and place if a catastrophic incident occurs is invaluable.
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – As dust blows wildly through Combat Outpost Champkani, Afghanistan; the mixture of sand between the helicopter landing zone and the small COP makes it ideal for miniature dust storms.
The closest building to the landing zone is the Aid station, set up for any type of emergency. On the outside, it’s covered with Afghan dirt and dust, but on the inside, it’s a clean, well kept medical facility.
Afghan Air Force receives combat lifesaving training at Jalalabad Airfield from Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team Medics
Written by 1st Lt. Lisa Maginot
Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – Soldiers of Company C, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a five-day Combat Lifesaver, or CLS, course with the Afghan Air Force at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, January 5th-9th.
The five days consisted of intense medical training for the AAF personnel, who learned how to treat a combat casualty. Specifically, they learned how to control traumatic bleeding, assess and maintain an airway, treat chest wounds and stabilize broken bones.
Fort Campbell 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahees” complete Eagle Flight III convoy live-fire exercises
Written by Sgt. Kimberly Menzies
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, completed convoy live-fire ranges October 6th to October 15th, 2012 during the brigade’s field exercise Eagle Flight III at Fort Campbell, KY.
“The purpose of the convoy live-fire is one to exercise the command and control elements of a convoy when they are in contact and then also to allow the gunners that are on top of the vehicles to engage targets from that unstable platform while moving and while other things are going on during the mission,” said Capt. Donovan Manley, the company commander for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div.
Written By Spc. Shawn Denham
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers train daily to perform to the best of their abilities and sometimes compete for special badges and professional recognition. These challenges present an opportunity for a Soldier to practice their skills and prove their competence in their line of work.
Medics from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participated in the division’s Expert Field Medical Badge qualification October 5th.
Written by Sgt. Shanika Futrell
Kandahar, Afghanistan – After approximately 30 days of technical training, Afghan Air Force flight medic Sgt. Gulap Ahmadzia received a certificate of completion, July 27th, from Company C, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, for his participation of the U.S. Army and Afghanistan air force medical evacuation partnership program here.
Ahmadzia flew as a flight medic aboard a UH-60A Blackhawk during 13 medevac missions involving Afghan National Army and local national casualties from June 22nd to July 13th.
Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – As a group of eleven Air Force medics prepare their journey home, they stood in formation for awards after six months of supporting Task Force Lifeliners.
One of these airmen, Airmen 1st Class Bryenna Brooks, was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries she received just a week before.
Along with the Purple Heart, Brooks also received a Combat Medical Badge, an Air Force Combat Action Medal for her actions, and a Joint Service Commendation Medal for her actions, June 3rd.
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