Alpha Surgical Co., 2nd Med. Bn. simulates deployed environment
By Cpl. Devin Nichols
| | February 20, 2014
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
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
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
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.”