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449th Combat Aviation Brigade : CAMP TAJI MILITARY COMPLEX, Iraq – EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE!! Flames burn in the mid morning as Coalition forces call out for help after a simulated gas bottle explosion during a mass casualty training exercise, Jan. 18, 2018.

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade and Coalition soldiers from New Zealand, Singapore and Australia work together to simulate a real-world training scenario. The exercise provides a hands-on experience in a combat situation if a flood of wounded patients came to the Camp Taji Role Two Enhanced Medical Facility.

“These exercises are made to stress the system with a larger number of patients than you would normally see, so you can iron out all the kinks when it’s practiced,” said Capt. Brian Morey, an aero-medical physician assistant assigned to the 1st Battalion, 126 Aviation Regiment, 449th CAB.

The exercise begins with the simulation of the gas bottle explosion in a work location that injures numerous soldiers. Medical personnel on site start to render aid to wounded soldiers as they wait for the arrival of the medical evacuation team to transport the wounded to the nearest medical facility.

“The point-of-injury care will occur wherever the injury happens,” said Morey. “The event happens at an unknown, distant site. You have your buddy aid, your Combat Life Saver or if there are medics, they respond. That is your immediate life-saving measure.” Read more

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449th Combat Aviation Brigade : CAMP TAJI MILITARY COMPLEX, Iraq – EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE!! Flames burn in the mid morning as Coalition forces call out for help after a simulated gas bottle explosion during a mass casualty training exercise, Jan. 18, 2018. 

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade and Coalition soldiers from New Zealand, Singapore and Australia work together to simulate a real-world training scenario. The exercise provides a hands-on experience in a combat situation if a flood of wounded patients came to the Camp Taji Role Two Enhanced Medical Facility. 

“These exercises are made to stress the system with a larger number of patients than you would normally see, so you can iron out all the kinks when it’s practiced,” said Capt. Brian Morey, an aero-medical physician assistant assigned to the 1st Battalion, 126 Aviation Regiment, 449th CAB.