By by Lance Cpl. Jacob Pruitt, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Kuwait -- The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) took part in a medical exchange with the Kuwait Ministry of Interior, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team Sept. 10-14.
During this partnering event, the integrated U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team, deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), highlighted the importance of “point of injury care,” which is paramount to the survival of explosive-based weaponry casualties.
Over the course of five days, three hospital corpsmen and two EOD technicians assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 15, facilitated a Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course (TCCC) targeted toward the management of post blast injuries and hemorrhage control.
“Being able to equip them with point of injury care was very rewarding,” said Petty Officer First Class Tonya R. Jury, an independent duty corpsman with CLB-15. “As the course went on, an environment of trust was established and we shared critical information that will ultimately have the potential to be lifesaving in their line of work.”
Through the use of translated slides and a talented interpreter, the team incorporated classroom lecture, practical application and real-life scenario exchange to enable in-depth learning.
“It was a great addition to my personal knowledge and added more information to my previous training with the Ministry of Health,” said Maj. Ahmed K. Al-Mayouf , EOD technician.
Al-Mayouf explained that his favorite part of the course was learning about how to conduct the blood sweep method and using the nasopharyngeal and chest decompression needle.
“The experience was mutually beneficial,” said Jury. “The Kuwaitis added to their medical skills and we learned more about their military and culture.”
The America’s Amphibious Ready Group and 15th MEU conduct exercises with regional partners and allies to understand how the partnering militaries can work better together to achieve mutual objectives related to maritime security, humanitarian aid and disaster relief and regional stability and security.
The integrated Navy and Marine Corps team is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, to preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region.