Enabling the effects - MRTC Soldiers support Global Medic at Fort McCoy
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 18th Field Hospital, based in Fort Story, Va., and 810th Hospital Center from Tuscaloosa, Ala., work to stabilize a simulated combat casualty during Global Medic at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 11, 2021. Global Medic is part of CSTX 78-21-04 which is a Combat Support Training Exercise that ensures U.S. Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy and bring capable, combat-ready, and ready-now units in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere in the world. The simulated casualty is a Medical Readiness and Training Command Soldier from the effects and enabler’s team. She is playing the part of military working dog handler. She has been wounded but is far more distraught over the injury to her working dog. While veterinary Soldiers perform life-saving critical care to the working dog, medics must quickly calm and reassure the increasingly volatile handler. They must find ways to treat her physical wounds while also managing the psychological trauma of seeing her working dog injured. Scenarios like these are a constant backdrop throughout the 15-day field exercise. The effects and enabler’s team will provide a constant stream of varied and challenging casualties that are “injected” into each day’s operations. Observer / Coach Trainers from MRTC will monitor training units and evaluate their performance through each of these injects, providing critical feedback and mentoring to the training units. Readiness is Job One of the U.S. Army Reserve and meeting the challenge of fielding a robust, ready array of forces that are ready now is no small task. With Global Medic, Army Reserve Medical Command and MRTC are building combat ready medical professionals that are ready to save lives and sustain combat power whenever and where they are needed.