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By Lance Cpl. Dalton Swanbeck
11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
U.S. Navy corpsmen assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and U.S. Army medics with Golf Company, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, participated in a joint-service casualty evacuation and medical evacuation class at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Aug. 1.
The class included equipment familiarity training as well as casualty loading and unloading procedures from U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft.
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Cassandra Dempsey, the Shock Trauma Platoon CASEVAC corpsman with the Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 11th MEU, was grateful for the opportunity to share knowledge with her Army counterparts.
“Our mission is the same: Keep the patient alive while en route to a higher echelon of care,“ said Dempsey. “Working alongside the Army medics makes us aware of their capabilities in comparison to ours.”
We provide top-notch expeditionary medical care to our Marines at any time, any climate or any environment via air, land or sea. Where our Marines go, the Navy corpsman goes.Chief Hospital Corpsman Kimemanuel Suarez
The day concluded with Navy corpsmen observing an HH-60M take off in response to an actual casualty. The Sailors then gave the remaining Soldiers a tour of an MV-22, explaining the casualty loading and unloading procedures unique to the aircraft.
Lt. Cmdr. Aaron Pannier, 11th MEU surgeon and Shock Trauma Platoon officer-in-charge, explained that the training is invaluable for both services.
“The team has been extremely helpful and open to our joint training. We were able to share best practices and patient movements across services and platforms,” said Pannier. ““Our joint training for CASEVAC and MEDEVAC has one core universal mission, and that is to provide our patients with the best care possible.”
The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and the 11th MEU are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.
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