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2016

U.S. Shock Trauma Squad simulates combat medical care with Norwegian Army

By Cpl. Lucas Hopkins, II Marine Expeditionary Force


Lt. J.G. Eric Lopez, a physician assistant with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, checks the heart rate of a notional Norwegian soldier casualty during combat casualty care training in Rena, Norway, Feb. 17, 2016. More than ten Marines and sailors with the unit conducted simulated medical treatment onto their Norwegian counterparts in order to enhance and compare their field medical care capabilities. The two countries are coming together for Exercise Cold Response 16 in March, which combines the efforts of 12 NATO allies and partner nations to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments.
US Shock Trauma Squad simulates combat medical care with Norwegian Army
Lt. J.G. Eric Lopez, a physician assistant with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, checks the heart rate of a notional Norwegian soldier casualty during combat casualty care training in Rena, Norway, Feb. 17, 2016. More than ten Marines and sailors with the unit conducted simulated medical treatment onto their Norwegian counterparts in order to enhance and compare their field medical care capabilities. The two countries are coming together for Exercise Cold Response 16 in March, which combines the efforts of 12 NATO allies and partner nations to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments.
U.S. Marines and sailors with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade conduct notional medical care on a simulated Norwegian soldier casualty during combat casualty care training in Rena, Norway, Feb. 17, 2016. The evolution allowed the U.S. service members to rehearse medical care on their Norwegian counterparts, while also receiving feedback on the differences in techniques and equipment. The U.S. will collaborate with the Norwegians and 10 other NATO allies and partner nations for Exercise Cold Response 16 in March, which is designed to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments.
US Shock Trauma Squad simulates combat medical care with Norwegian Army
U.S. Marines and sailors with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade conduct notional medical care on a simulated Norwegian soldier casualty during combat casualty care training in Rena, Norway, Feb. 17, 2016. The evolution allowed the U.S. service members to rehearse medical care on their Norwegian counterparts, while also receiving feedback on the differences in techniques and equipment. The U.S. will collaborate with the Norwegians and 10 other NATO allies and partner nations for Exercise Cold Response 16 in March, which is designed to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments.
Hospital man 1st Class Matthew Malone, a corpsman with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, cuts open the trousers of a simulated Norwegian soldier casualty during combat casualty care training in Rena, Norway, Feb. 17, 2016. About ten Marines and sailors from the unit make up the shock trauma squad, and had the opportunity to conduct notional medical procedures on the Norwegians while also using some of the host nation’s medical equipment. The U.S. will collaborate with the Norwegians and 10 other NATO allies and partner nations for Exercise Cold Response 16 in March, which is designed to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments.
US Shock Trauma Squad simulates combat medical care with Norwegian Army
Hospital man 1st Class Matthew Malone, a corpsman with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, cuts open the trousers of a simulated Norwegian soldier casualty during combat casualty care training in Rena, Norway, Feb. 17, 2016. About ten Marines and sailors from the unit make up the shock trauma squad, and had the opportunity to conduct notional medical procedures on the Norwegians while also using some of the host nation’s medical equipment. The U.S. will collaborate with the Norwegians and 10 other NATO allies and partner nations for Exercise Cold Response 16 in March, which is designed to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments.
A Norwegian soldier and U.S. Marines with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade carry a notional casualty toward a medical tent during combat casualty care training in Rena, Norway, Feb. 17, 2016. The countries collaborated in order to enhance one another’s medical capabilities in preparation for Exercise Cold Response 16 in March, which brings together 12 NATO allies and partner nations to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather settings.
US Shock Trauma Squad simulates combat medical care with Norwegian Army
A Norwegian soldier and U.S. Marines with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade carry a notional casualty toward a medical tent during combat casualty care training in Rena, Norway, Feb. 17, 2016. The countries collaborated in order to enhance one another’s medical capabilities in preparation for Exercise Cold Response 16 in March, which brings together 12 NATO allies and partner nations to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather settings.
U.S. Marines and sailors with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade stabilize the neck of a notional Norwegian soldier casualty during combat casualty care at Rena, Norway, Feb. 17, 2016. About ten Marines from the unit form the shock trauma squad, which is designed to provide a second echelon of medical care to wounded service members when hospitals are either not available or unable to get to the patient in time. The two nations will team up for Exercise Cold Response 16, combining 10 other NATO allies and partner nations in order to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments.
US Shock Trauma Squad simulates combat medical care with Norwegian Army
U.S. Marines and sailors with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade stabilize the neck of a notional Norwegian soldier casualty during combat casualty care at Rena, Norway, Feb. 17, 2016. About ten Marines from the unit form the shock trauma squad, which is designed to provide a second echelon of medical care to wounded service members when hospitals are either not available or unable to get to the patient in time. The two nations will team up for Exercise Cold Response 16, combining 10 other NATO allies and partner nations in order to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments.
RENA, Norway -- U.S. Marines and sailors with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade partnered with Norwegian Army soldiers in order to enhance each other’s field medical skills in preparation for Exercise Cold Response 16 Feb. 17.

About 10 of the Marines and sailors make up the shock trauma squad, which is designed to provide backup medical treatment to wounded service members when hospitals and surgeons are not readily available.

“We’re having the Norwegians bring in casualties, which range from a mass casualty incident to hypothermia. It’s testing our readiness to see how well we can perform as a second echelon of care,” said Hospitalman Sean Mack, a corpsman with 2nd MEB.

Though the shock trauma squad does not possess the capabilities of a hospital, the service members can allow an additional 24 hours of survival time to the injured.

“They’re dressing up the Norwegians to where the wounds look real, we’re ripping open gear, we’re getting hands-on experience,” said Mack. “This training helps because it’s what saves lives.”

While the Marines and sailors performed notional medical care, the Norwegians also provided feedback and shared their own skillsets.

“I think small details make a huge difference,” said Capt. Bengt Haraldrast, a nurse in the Norwegian Army. “When [the U.S.] uses our materials and methods and we know they have the same standards, we can work well together.”

The U.S. and Norwegians are conducting multiple bilateral training events in the weeks leading up to Exercise Cold Response 16, including live-fire ranges, vehicle maneuverability in icy terrain and cold weather survivability.

“The medical part in this exercise is always important,” said Haraldrast. “Giving the soldiers in the exercise the confidence they can fight on and heighten the morale because they know the medical facility will always be there for them.”

“Working with different nationalities builds that partnership and fosters their faith in our medical capabilities,” said Mack.

Cold Response is a biennial training exercise which brings together 12 NATO allies and partner nations and more than 16,000 troops to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments.

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