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The U.S. and Chadian medical teams work together as part of a joint exercise called Medical Readiness and Training Exercise known as MEDRETE 15-3. The exercise is a joint effort between the Chadian government, U.S. Army Africa, the Army Reserve Medical Command and the 7th Civil Support Command. MEDRETE 15-3 serves as an opportunity for U.S. and Chadian forces to hone and strengthen their life saving skills as well as reinforce the partnership between both countries. (U.S. Army Africa photos by Staff Sgt. Andrea Merritt)
By Staff Sgt. Andrea Merritt for U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs
N’DJAMENA, Chad – More than a dozen Soldiers assigned to the Army Reserve Medical Command and 7th Civil Support Command participated in Medical Readiness and Training Exercise 15-3, in N’Djamena, Chad, April 13-24 at the Hospital Militaire D’Instruction, or Military Teaching Hospital.
An Army Reserve medical team came to Chad in support of U.S. Army Africa to enhance the readiness of U.S. Army medical professionals, reinforce cooperation between U.S. and Chadian Defense Forces, and strengthen the capacity of the Chadian Health Services to perform surgical and trauma response operations.
“The goal of this exercise was to provide advanced trauma care for Chadian soldiers, their families and the citizens that utilize this hospital,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Peter Corey, the deputy commanding general of USARAF.
During the two-week exercise, the U.S. military medical professionals, alongside their Chadian counterparts, performed 23 surgeries, triaged 19 emergency room patients, conducted 43 surgical consultations and saw nearly 400 patients.
While the previous year’s MEDRETE focused on teaching tactical combat casualty care and advanced trauma life support skills, this year’s exercise built upon that training and challenged the joint medical team to provide quality surgical and trauma care to patients in a clinical setting.
“Last year’s training helped the Chadian Army with handling injuries on the battlefield. The basic skills helped them save lives in the war theater,” said Chadian Army Commandant Abdramande Ahmat Ali, a physician with HMI. “Last year the exercise was a training one and this year is more practical. In my opinion, it works very well.”
By working side-by-side at the Chadian hospital, both the Chadian and U.S. military medical providers were able to learn from one another and enhance their skill sets.