SOUTHWEST ASIA — Sgt. 1st Class Shane Sanders, senior emergency care noncommissioned officer in charge of 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 108th ADA Brigade conducted the Army Combat Lifesaver Course, here, Oct. 8 to 16.

Soldier’s from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Bn., 7th ADA Regt. learned techniques to provide treatment to patients during a wide range of situations.

Throughout the duration of the three-day course, the “No Fear” Medical Detachment instructed the basics of assessing casualties, opening airways, controlling bleeding and controlling other adverse situations on the battlefield.

They perfected their new lifesaving procedures using three techniques: classroom learning, practical exercises, and check on learning assessments.

On the first day, students started by getting accustomed to the contents of the combat lifesaver bag and how each piece is significant on the battlefield.

Next, the instructors provided classroom instruction and incorporated real-life experiences and technical knowledge they gained through their military experiences.  This provided an opportunity for Soldiers to familiarize themselves with the basic duties of being a combat lifesaver.

On the second day, Soldiers were given an hour to review all of the techniques of assessing casualties, opening airways, controlling bleeding, treating collapsed lungs, stabilizing bone fractures, calling nine-line MEDEVAC and filling out field medical cards.

Sgt. Michael Schlag and Pfc. Robert McBride, emergency care specialists assigned to HHB, provided several scenarios to trainees using a medical dummy.

Use of the training aid offered Soldiers the opportunity to apply tourniquets and insert a nasal-pharyngeal tube, which helped to fine tune the techniques in order to properly perform on the battlefield.

The course concluded with a written test and a practical examination to assess the student’s skills.

The previous day’s instruction proved thorough when all of the Soldiers passed their examinations.

This speaks highly of the 1st Bn., 7th ADA Regt.’s Medical Detachment training standards and focus on the mission.

The Combat Lifesavers Course proved to be an overall success.

The value of training and the knowledge of the instructors made it smooth for all of the members who attended the course, said organizers.