by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
8/17/2015 - BAUMHOLDER, Germany -- First
responders from Ramstein Air Base, Germany came together to train on
urban evacuation procedures at the bi-annual Tactical Combat Casualty
Care course Aug. 3 through 6, on Baumholder, Germany.
More than 20 Airmen from the 435th Contingency Response Support
Squadron, 435th Security Forces Squadron and the 86th Medical Group
participated in the course, which tested them in situations that could
occur in a hostile environment.
According to Tech Sgt. Jose Obregon, 435th Contingency Response Group
independent duty medical technician, TCCC is an extremely efficient
"It has the highest survivability rate in combat when taking [care of]
casualties because you are preventing people from getting injured," said
All U.S. Air Force special operations groups incorporate TCCC into their training because of its success in the field.
During the course, they practiced urban medical evacuation techniques,
close-quarters combat, troop leading procedures and experienced trauma
Throughout the first two days of the classroom portion, instructors took
students through drills to familiarize them with combat life saver
training and self-aid and buddy care.
After reviewing these skills they taught students the steps that they
should take when they come in contact with enemy fire. The lesson
includes how to gain fire superiority and treat uncontrolled bleeding
with a tourniquet while continuing tactical field care with the medical
training they receive.
Finally, they took the Airmen to the training range to practice the
techniques before being tested on their performance during the field
"It's been a much needed experience, especially for 435th (CRG)
members," said Staff Sgt. Andrew Bowers, 435th CRSS Ground Combat
Readiness Regional Training Center NCO in charge of medical operations.
"For those who are not defenders (security forces members) or medics, it
allows us to integrate on another level. ... It's good to train
together because we work closely with them," said Bowers.
"It's important to do this training because not only are you equipping a
small group of people with these skills, but they will pass it on to
other deploying members," said Obregon. "In turn, those members are
getting a piece of the best medical training offered by the Department
This training will continue to save lives and prevent injuries as it is passed on throughout the Air Force.