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(From left) Dutch Sgt. Maj. Moniek Van Vlijmen and U.S. Army Spc. Ron Brossard, Eastern Accord 2016 medical support team, transport a simulated casualty to a role one battalion aid station during a tactical casualty care exercise at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre, July 15, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Dutch, Ugandan and U.S. medical team supports approximately 200 personnel for the annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together nine partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Army Africa photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)    

     
 

Multinational medical training at Eastern Accord 2016

By Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault for U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (July 20, 2016) -- Though they are not part of the training audience, the U.S., Dutch and Ugandan medical team supporting exercise Eastern Accord 2016 held their own multinational exercise on July 15, at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The three medical teams provide real world care to the EA 2016 training audience during their stay in Tanzania. Bringing their own supplies, the medical staff took the opportunity to learn about each other’s practices.

“It is a good experience being here for two weeks, practicing with each other, getting to know each other and how we operate with our materials. It is very good training,” said Dutch Sgt. Maj. Moniek Van Vlijmen, trauma nurse.

The exercise involved two simulated casualties scattered in the field in front of the training center. Without hesitation, the medics ran out of the training center to discover the casualties with multiple simulated wounds.

“We basically went through management over the casualties and the incident medical team moved very fast and handled (the casualties) on the ground, controlled bleeding and quickly rushed them to a level one facility where we received them,” said Ugandan Maj. Richard Katungye, Ugandan People’s Defense Forces general physician. “After more stabilization, immediately after that, the emergency ambulance was organized and the casualties were (simulated) transferred to the local hospital.”  

 

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