HomeNewsDisplay

News Search

JBER leading PACAF in casualty care training

Personnel from the 673d Medical Group search for injuries during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

Personnel from the 673d Medical Group search for injuries during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Shelby Landfair, registered nurse assigned to the 673d Inpatient Operations Squadron, fills out a DD form 1380, Tactical Combat Casualty Care medical card, during the practical application of the TCCC course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Shelby Landfair, registered nurse assigned to the 673d Inpatient Operations Squadron, fills out a DD form 1380, Tactical Combat Casualty Care medical card, during the practical application of the TCCC course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

Tactical Combat Casualty Care instructors and 673d Medical Group personnel prepare to begin the practical application of the TCCC course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

Tactical Combat Casualty Care instructors and 673d Medical Group personnel prepare to begin the practical application of the TCCC course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. CaTeah Bryant, an aerospace medical services Airman assigned to the 673d Inpatient Operations Squadron, prepares a trenexamic acid dose during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. Trenexamic acid is a medication used to treat or prevent major blood loss from trauma.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. CaTeah Bryant, an aerospace medical services Airman assigned to the 673d Inpatient Operations Squadron, prepares a trenexamic acid dose during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. Trenexamic acid is a medication used to treat or prevent major blood loss from trauma.

Personnel from the 673d Medical Group write an assessment during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

Personnel from the 673d Medical Group write an assessment during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

Personnel from the 673d Medical Group take cover and protect the “patient” while under fire during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

Personnel from the 673d Medical Group take cover and protect the “patient” while under fire during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

A Tactical Combat Casualty Care instructor waits for 673d Medical Group personnel to prepare for the practical application of the TCCC course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

A Tactical Combat Casualty Care instructor waits for 673d Medical Group personnel to prepare for the practical application of the TCCC course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

Tactical Combat Casualty Care instructors discuss strategic plans during the practical application of the TCCC course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

Tactical Combat Casualty Care instructors discuss strategic plans during the practical application of the TCCC course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

Personnel from the 673d Medical Group drag a “patient” to a safer location while under fire during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

Personnel from the 673d Medical Group drag a “patient” to a safer location while under fire during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

Personnel from the 673d Medical Group apply a tourniquet to an injured “patient” during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 10 of 13

Personnel from the 673d Medical Group apply a tourniquet to an injured “patient” during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

Personnel from the 673d Medical Group cover the wounds of an injured “patient” during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 11 of 13

Personnel from the 673d Medical Group cover the wounds of an injured “patient” during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

A Tactical Combat Casualty Care instructor and 673d Medical Group personnel discuss their performance during the practical application of the TCCC course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 12 of 13

A Tactical Combat Casualty Care instructor and 673d Medical Group personnel discuss their performance during the practical application of the TCCC course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

Personnel from the 673d Medical Group pose for a photo during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 13 of 13

Personnel from the 673d Medical Group pose for a photo during the practical application of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at the Warrior Extreme Paintball course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2018. The course is an opportunity for every student to provide care under fire, perform tactical field care on those who are injured and execute a tactical evacuation.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, is leading the way in training service members to save the lives of wounded comrades in combat.

The 673d Medical Group at JBER is the first site in Pacific Air Forces to be implementing Tactical Combat Casualty Care, a life-saving course scheduled to replace Self-Aid and Buddy Care.

“A couple years ago, we were looking at the program for Self-Aid and Buddy Care and realized it wasn’t necessarily covering what was needed in the battlefield, and there were recommendations put forward consistently to move to Tactical Combat Casualty Care,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Heather Lewis, 673d MDG Pediatrics flight chief and PACAF SABC advisor.

TCCC was created by the U.S. Department of Defense Committee on TCCC to teach evidence-based life-saving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care on the battlefield.

There are two types of TCCC courses; one for medical personnel which is currently taking place at JBER and one for all combatants. Both courses teach lifesaving techniques and how to provide the most effective trauma care during combat.

The committee meets two to four times a year and interviews medics fresh out of theater, who have experienced incidents, to see what is and isn’t working.

“It’s really the transition from the faux pas of ‘no tourniquets, no tourniquets,’ to now if you’re in care under fire and we need to stop your bleeding, the first thing we are going to do is apply a tourniquet,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Barbara Jean, Air Force SABC advisor. “Applying tourniquets is one of the contributing factors of a significant increase in lives saved on the battlefield in recent years.”

The Medical Provider course is 16-hour course dedicated to learning and applying skills within labs. Once all personnel demonstrate proficiency at each station, they are introduced to a new dynamic.

Various simulated scenarios encompass the three phases of TCCC, which are care under fire, tactical field care and tactical evacuation.

During the field training portion of the course, personnel are armed with paintball guns and endure a simulated combat scenario testing their ability to rescue casualties. During the scenario, they must provide medical care while also returning fire. Personnel administer moulaged care to volunteers and mannequins while instructors provide feedback and guidance.

Supporting units provide smoke and ground burst simulators, along with personnel armed with paintball guns to act as enemy combatants. Once participants have ceased fire, they must complete an evacuation simulation which may require them to load casualties onto rescue helicopters.

The ultimate mission of TCCC is to ensure military personnel entering the combat environment possess the confidence, skillset, and knowledge to save lives.

“We’ve learned over the course of time that TCCC works,” Lewis said. “I’ve deployed with TCCC training, and I know it was extremely effective. In the past, we didn’t have training that was so combat-oriented; it was basically trial by fire. Now, our medics will be better prepared for what they may encounter in a hostile environment and be armed with the skills to effectively save more lives and get their wingmen home safe.”
Air Force Medicine

Engage

Facebook Twitter
Reminder! Always discard vaccine vials and syringes using proper medical waste disposal procedures. For more inform… https://t.co/EQDlFUAqhE
The AFMS is in a time of transition. To address new changes and provide guidance and direction to Airmen, AFMS lead… https://t.co/xx8661aLgE
SSgt Milburn & SSgt Hibbs from Buckley AFB, CO, were instrumental in supplying the Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine to… https://t.co/VJjdO6hGiG
Without the innovators who built the aviation industry, providing expeditionary medicine in the air would not be po… https://t.co/PgerHfIrjF
Go behind the scenes to meet the medical laboratory technicians at @374AirliftWing! Their work allows doctors to do… https://t.co/56kbQKBi7v
We are constantly improving the way we deliver healthcare and enhance access to your healthcare team. Telehealth is… https://t.co/M143P2FMX2
Col. Laurel “Buff” Burkel speaks to the 105th Airlift Wing, the same group that flew her back the U.S. via a 105th… https://t.co/ln92dbDOsK
RT @MilitaryHealth: This week #AcrossTheMHS airmen exercise an Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo, Capt. Timby's granddaughter gets flower…
If you have diabetes, you are at higher risk for serious problems from vaccine-preventable diseases like flu. Check… https://t.co/Lxxe2FSu9M
“It is rare to have a family member in the same career as you. It is even rarer for active-duty family members to b… https://t.co/UbIWxJb0Xt
#TropicCare2018 was off to a smooth start when a patient, who came in for a vision screening, began to say that som… https://t.co/uFdNog8z1b
A new transition cell was recently stood-up to coordinate and support ongoing transition efforts related to the NDA… https://t.co/wxrZC0NeHB
#TBT Air Force Airman First Class Eugene L. Fletcer, a preventive dentistry specialist assigned to the 3rd USAF Dis… https://t.co/wukbDiH5TO
Don’t forget! On Aug 22 from 2-3 pm EST the Air Force Medical Service and DHA Immunization Healthcare Branch are ho… https://t.co/eJFLNo4iNx
Before any of the patients and procedures, Aeromedical Evacuation Technicians have to first configure their hospita… https://t.co/gInlDM6phH
When a military working dog injures a tooth, it’s up to a team of dentists and veterinarians to ensure their bite r… https://t.co/VwM6jMKKR0
"A traditional stethoscope is essentially useless during en route care because of the noise,” says Tamara Averett-B… https://t.co/li0Sj3UdhB
Did you know Air Force medical researchers developed the gold visors used by the #Apollo astronauts? The gold visor… https://t.co/O9Y8iQRa2p
En route to participate in the 2018 #TropicCare Innovative Readiness Training, Airmen from the Indiana & New Jersey… https://t.co/bDSAesQbA4