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Columbus AFB challenges medics with combat casualty exercise

Airmen from the 14th Medical Group train with a medical training mannequin during the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course in the Walker Center Feb. 23, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. TCCC has become the standard of medical training proficiency for military personnel to prepare them for potential combat situations in an ongoing effort to heighten medical readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Jacobsen)

Airmen from the 14th Medical Group train with a medical training mannequin during the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course in the Walker Center Feb. 23, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. TCCC has become the standard of medical training proficiency for military personnel to prepare them for potential combat situations in an ongoing effort to heighten medical readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Jacobsen)

Airmen from the 14th Medical Group carry off a ‘wounded’ actor during the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course in the Walker Center Feb. 23, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base Miss. The TCCC training is a simulated immersion training on stabilizing trauma victims from common battlefield injuries such as hemorrhage, airway obstruction and shock. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Jacobsen)

Airmen from the 14th Medical Group carry off a ‘wounded’ actor during the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course in the Walker Center Feb. 23, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base Miss. The TCCC training is a simulated immersion training on stabilizing trauma victims from common battlefield injuries such as hemorrhage, airway obstruction and shock. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Jacobsen)

Instructors set up a medical training mannequin for the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course in the Walker Center Feb. 23, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. TCCC is designed to teach lifesaving techniques and how to provide the most effective trauma care during combat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Jacobsen)

Instructors set up a medical training mannequin for the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course in the Walker Center Feb. 23, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. TCCC is designed to teach lifesaving techniques and how to provide the most effective trauma care during combat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Jacobsen)

Airmen from the 14th Medical Group walk in a line into the simulated battlefield during the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course in the Walker Center Feb. 23, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base Miss. In the replicated training Airmen were given rubber guns and full body gear to protect the ‘wounded’ and other medics while treating them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Jacobsen)

Airmen from the 14th Medical Group walk in a line into the simulated battlefield during the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course in the Walker Center Feb. 23, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base Miss. In the replicated training Airmen were given rubber guns and full body gear to protect the ‘wounded’ and other medics while treating them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Jacobsen)

An Airman from the 14th Medical Group hastily opens a pill bottle during the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course in the Walker Center Feb. 23, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base Miss. Classroom training is a significant part of the course, but the final hurdle is stress-testing students under simulated battlefield conditions, complete with wounded and sounds of weapons fire, sirens and screaming. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Jacobsen)

An Airman from the 14th Medical Group hastily opens a pill bottle during the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course in the Walker Center Feb. 23, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base Miss. Classroom training is a significant part of the course, but the final hurdle is stress-testing students under simulated battlefield conditions, complete with wounded and sounds of weapons fire, sirens and screaming. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Jacobsen)

Airmen from the 14th Medical Group unwrap a tarp to carry the dummy off with during the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course in the Walker Center Feb. 23, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base Miss. The event challenged medics to perform battlefield care in a simulated combat environment to help bolster their medical skills by performing on actors and dummies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Jacobsen)

Airmen from the 14th Medical Group unwrap a tarp to carry the dummy off with during the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course in the Walker Center Feb. 23, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base Miss. The event challenged medics to perform battlefield care in a simulated combat environment to help bolster their medical skills by performing on actors and dummies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Jacobsen)

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Members of the 14th Medical Group participated in a Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course (TCCC) hosted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians Feb. 23 on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi.

The event challenged medics to perform battlefield care in a simulated combat environment to help bolster their medical skills and readiness by performing treatment and care on actors and mannequins.

“This is the foundation that all medics should be proficient in doing,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Kelly, 14th MDG chief nurse. “We want them to be able to go into a combat zone, quickly assess the situation, take care of the most critical casualties first, and transport them to safety.”

The simulation aimed to improve medical training and boost confidence by adding the aspects of low visibility and sounds of gunshots, screaming and sirens to help a reality of a high stress situation of actual combat.

TCCC is designed to help prevent combat deaths by teaching trauma stabilization techniques, enabling the wounded to survive longer until they can receive proper treatment.

Medics had the opportunity during the training procedure to practice some of the lifesaving skills they would use in a real combat situation like tourniquet applications, wound packing, airway support, applying intravenous therapy medications and hemorrhage control.

Rather than plain mannequins or computer-based training the 14th MDG used hands-on tactical combat scenarios where augmented dummies replicated battle wounds to allow the medics to apply needles and chest tubes. These dummies were used as a way to simulate the look, feel and smell of severe traumatic situations on a live human.

“This is a much more tactile way of learning where we hit all aspects of training extending from the classroom to hands-on practice allowing our medics to learn all the skills they need down range in one session,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Stobaugh, 14th MDG biomedical equipment technician. “I am excited to see the rest of our medics come through this course and be battle ready.”

As well as being an dynamic way of learning the training has proven to be a cost effective way for medics to get training on base rather than sending them down range totaling at about an 83 percent cost saving for the base.

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