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‘No room for excuses’: Army medics use Allied Spirit training to save lives in combat: When people are ill or injured, they typically go to their local doctor for care or treatment. However, when Soldiers are ill or injured in a combat environment, they depend on the healing hands of their combat medics.

In the surrounding hills of Hohenfels Training Area during the ongoing Allied Spirit training exercise, Soldiers faced a simulated combat environment. Over 4,100 participants from 10 nations have come together to train during the exercise, which is designed to strengthen relationships among participating militaries and NATO allies while deterring Russian aggression.

Soldiers must remain vigilant in this exercise at all times as opposing forces, known in OPFOR, scattered around the area periodically attack with small arms, tracked vehicles and aerial support.

“We can’t choose where the next combat zone will be, we just have to be prepared anything,” said 1st Sgt. Joe Best, a combat medic with 557th Medical Company, 421st Medical Battalion, 30th Medical Brigade, Baumholder, Germany. “We had (a simulated) injured personnel brought in yesterday by aerial support and without hesitation our medics responded and successfully transferred the injured from the UH-60 black hawk to a field litter ambulance (FLA) stationed nearby.”

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‘No room for excuses’: Army medics use Allied Spirit training to save lives in combat: When people are ill or injured, they typically go to their local doctor for care or treatment. However, when Soldiers are ill or injured in a combat environment, they depend on the healing hands of their combat medics.In the surrounding hills of Hohenfels Training Area during the ongoing Allied Spirit training exercise, Soldiers faced a simulated combat environment. Over 4,100 participants from 10 nations have come together to train during the exercise, which is designed to strengthen relationships among participating militaries and NATO allies while deterring Russian aggression.Soldiers must remain vigilant in this exercise at all times as opposing forces, known in OPFOR, scattered around the area periodically attack with small arms, tracked vehicles and aerial support.