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Medical personnel from the 412th Medical Group continued to participate in joint training with Soldiers from Charlie Company, 2916th Aviation Battalion, 916th Sustainment Brigade, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., March 3.

Also known as “Desert Dustoff”, Charlie Co. is tasked with providing aeromedical evacuation support for the National Training Center at Fort Irwin. The collaboration allowed both units to participate in critical life-saving training techniques.

MDG Airmen completed training in proper patient loading methods and the safe approach to aircraft on the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, operated by Company C. This included the proper use of the Sked, a special stretcher which provides exceptional protection and safety to the patient, and the examination of the organization of medical kits.

“Today we learned how they would lay the patient on the Sked in the field and hoist them into the helicopter, or how a real patient would stand or sit on a bar and be lifted into the helicopter this manner,” Lt. Col. Yvonne Storey, 412th Medical Group’s chief nurse, said. “We were also able to take a look inside their kits, which gave us some ideas on how to improve ours.”

The joint training session marks a key milestone for C Company’s ongoing combat training in the Mojave Desert. As the United States Army’s premier field combat training center, Fort Irwin and the National Training Center’s (NTC) primary mission is to provide combined arms and combined arms training in California’s harsh Mojave Desert.

“This collaboration allows us to deepen our capabilities a little in terms of using sked. That includes using a slogan at their feet if we have to lift someone off the ground in a tight spot and we can’t land,” said UH-60 pilot Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul Spallino. Charlie Co., 2916th Avn. Good.

Future joint training between the 412th MDG and Charlie Co. will include a refresher on the litter carry, as well as improved medivac checklist requirements. Ongoing training between the two units ensures precision treatment for all who serve in the great desert and beyond.

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