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Joint Base Andrews News

NEWS | Nov. 21, 2022

Tactical Combat Casualty Care training prepares 316th Wing Airmen

By Airman 1st Class Austin Pate, 316th Wing Public Affairs

More than 50 Airmen from the 316th Wing worked together in Tactical Combat Casualty Care training at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 18, 2022.

The training exercise, coordinated by Capt. Owen Caron, 316th Medical Group emergency room trauma registered nurse, and Staff Sgt. Kaylee Miller, 316th Wing TCCC program manager, was a multi-organization readiness field exercise to prepare for response to a mass casualty incident, in an environment that simulates a setting as realistic as possible.

This training provided practice for the 316th Security Forces Group, 316th Operations Group and 316th Medical Group in an effort to reduce preventable deaths during stressful scenarios.

“Working together during missions like this is paramount not only to the success of the mission, but to the survival of the casualties as well,” said Caron. “It takes every person working in unison to get everyone home safe.”

The exercise started by moving towards injured victims in different locations. Once superior firepower was succeeded around the casualties, aid was rendered and tourniquets were placed before victims were moved to cover.

Once emergency medicine procedures finished, medical evacuations were called and the casualties were moved to the helicopter landing zone and transported to a higher echelon of care.

“The 316th Wing’s exercise was the highest level of Tactical Combat Casualty Care medical evacuation training and operations integration I know of in the Air Force,” said Lt. Gen. Robert I. Miller, Air Force Surgeon General.