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Saturday, January 1, 2011

ANA Medics Receive Medical Training

By U.S. Army Capt. Benito Garcia

Medics from the Afghan National Army have received basic medical training from U.S. Army soldiers with MEDEVAC Detachment, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment. The training will afford ANA medics the readiness to assume responsibility throughout the battlefield, aiming toward a future in which a large international presence is not needed. Training includes aircraft awareness and how to prepare patients for EMS transport. The first graduating class involved approximately 30 ANA students. The trainer medics were Army Sgt. Lisette Piedrasahaghun, Sgt. Patrick Modesitt, Staff Sgt. Steven Freedell and Sgt. Daniel Mast. Despite the language barrier, ANA medics helped assist with training so that “the ANA ground troops better understand aircraft safety and patient packaging, therefore making patient transfer to flight medics easier and safer,” Piedrasahaghun said. Due to the positive results, the soldiers were asked to return on a monthly basis. To date, the team has trained more than 200 soldiers. (From January 2011 Rotorcraft Report)

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