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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Alpha Surgical Co., 2nd Med. Bn. simulates deployed environment

By Cpl. Devin Nichols | | February 20, 2014

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U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Gerald C. Auvil (left), an independent duty corpsman serving as the senior enlisted leader for Alpha Surgical Company, 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, demonstrates health care procedures in a walk-through during a field exercise at Landing Zone Canary aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 19, 2014. Sailors with deployed experience gave many classes and walked through step-by-step the procedure in which a patient flows through the medical treatment whether it’s in Shock Trauma Platoon or a Forward Resuscitative Surgical System.

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Gerald C. Auvil (left), an independent duty corpsman serving as the senior enlisted leader for Alpha Surgical Company, 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, demonstrates health care procedures in a walk-through during a field exercise at Landing Zone Canary aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 19, 2014. Sailors with deployed experience gave many classes and walked through step-by-step the procedure in which a patient flows through the medical treatment whether it’s in Shock Trauma Platoon or a Forward Resuscitative Surgical System. (Photo by Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta (left), the commanding general of 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, receives a demonstration from U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Gerald C. Auvil (right), an independent duty corpsman serving as the senior enlisted leader for Alpha Surgical Company, 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, at Landing Zone Canary during a field exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 19, 2014. Sailors with the battalion simulated patients going through the Shock Trauma Platoon and a Forward Resuscitative Surgical System.

U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta (left), the commanding general of 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, receives a demonstration from U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Gerald C. Auvil (right), an independent duty corpsman serving as the senior enlisted leader for Alpha Surgical Company, 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, at Landing Zone Canary during a field exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 19, 2014. Sailors with the battalion simulated patients going through the Shock Trauma Platoon and a Forward Resuscitative Surgical System. (Photo by Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Sailors with Alpha Company, 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group perform a demonstration in the Shock Trauma Platoon during a field exercise at Landing Zone Canary aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 19, 2014. After many classes, walk-throughs, and dry runs, the corpsmen conducted a practical application on what they learned from their senior corpsmen and leadership, with regards to patient treatment in a deployed environment.

Sailors with Alpha Company, 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group perform a demonstration in the Shock Trauma Platoon during a field exercise at Landing Zone Canary aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 19, 2014. After many classes, walk-throughs, and dry runs, the corpsmen conducted a practical application on what they learned from their senior corpsmen and leadership, with regards to patient treatment in a deployed environment. (Photo by Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Approximately 50 service members with Alpha Surgical Company, 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group took part of a field exercise at Landing Zone Canary here, Feb. 18 to 20.

Sailors with the battalion simulated patients going through the Shock Trauma Platoon and a Forward Resuscitative Surgical System.

Several companies within 2nd Med Bn. have recently returned from Afghanistan.

During this training evolution, the sailors took junior corpsmen under their wing and oversaw practical application of training which simulated a deployed environment.

“The way we are simulating [this training evolution] is by a medical evacuation helicopter landing and dropping patients off to an ambulance to take them behind our facility,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Scott T. Barrett, the operations chief for Alpha Surgical Co., 2nd Med. Bn., 2nd MLG. “They will pull the patients out of the vehicle and do another patient search for weapons. Then they go to the STP and look for any stabilizations or immediate interventions that are needed.

“Critical patients will immediately go into the surgical room or FRSS. Once we have the patients in a stabilized condition they will be transferred into a holding tent awaiting a medical evacuation to a hospital with a higher surgical level.”

Experienced sailors instructed many classes, such as field X-rays, FRSS standing operating procedures, life-saving medical care and walked through the step-by-step procedure in which a patient flows through the medical treatment.

The command operating center located in another tent tracks the 9-lines, which is the way communication is given to request a medevac, patient movement throughout the facility and coordinates a final 9-line to get the patient medical evacuated.

“We have a lot of strong corpsmen out here [who are getting quality training] out of this because we are using our real world personal experience [to instruct them],” said Barrett, a Leland, Ill. native.

After many classes, walk-throughs and dry runs, the corpsmen conducted a practical application on what they learned from their senior corpsmen and leadership.

“I have learned an incredible amount on how 2nd Medical Battalion operates,” said Seaman Dustin. M. Vanhook, a Grove City, Pa. native and a corpsman with Alpha Surgical Co., 2nd Med. Bn., 2nd MLG. “A lot of the guys who just came back from Afghanistan are great. They were working in these types of facilities and they are very knowledgeable. It’s wonderful to be able to ask them questions about situations.”
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