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NEMTI begins Role 3 Kandahar training
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Logistics Specialist
2nd Class Robert Colson and Hospital
Corpsman 1st Class Cedric Gaines transport a
patient during the tactical combat casualty care
portion of the inaugural Kandahar Role 3
Operational Medical Training Progam. The program
is designed to provide necessary current
professional skills training before the nearly
200 service members participating in the course
deploy to Kandahar’s Role 3 Hospital. (Photo by
Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class
Bruce Cummins/Released)

NEMTI begins Role 3 Kandahar training

By Navy Medicine Support Command Public Affairs

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Nearly 200 active-duty and reserve Sailors scheduled to deploy to the world’s busiest military trauma hospital began the first training session designed to fully integrate them as a medical team at the Naval Expeditionary Medical Training Institute (NEMTI) Jan. 9, marking the first time the entire staff of a forward-deployed medical facility began pre-deployment training together.

The NEMTI-sponsored Kandahar Role 3 Hospital course, a two-week effort designed to foster teamwork and build and hone medical skills specific to what U.S. military medical professionals might expect while on a nine-month deployment to the Role 3 Hospital at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, represents the first U.S. Navy-led course effort to integrate NEMTI in the pre-deployment training pipeline for medical personnel, something NEMTI Officer-in-Charge Capt. Thomas Sawyer said is imperative for the continued success medical personnel have employed in contingency operations around the world.

“We are having the highest success of battlefield casualty survival,” he said. “Training such as this can only serve to ensure that more of our Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines return home after serving in some of the most hostile environments in the world.”

The term “Role” describes the tiers in which medical support is organized, with Role 3 describing the capabilities of a theater-level hospital.

The course, designed by Navy Medicine Support Command (NMSC) in response to feedback received from previously deployed personnel including past and current commanding officers of the North American Treaty Organization-run Role 3 Kandahar Medical Facility, includes a variety of medical training courses. These courses include Trauma Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and the Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) as well as other specific trauma team training and courses on the clinical computer systems used in theater. Sawyer said these courses - along with the opportunity for these service members to work alongside one another from the beginning of their training - represents a shift in expeditionary medicine training.

“This type of training is a return to the EMF medical training specific for the Role 3 mission,” he said. “Previous years training concentrated on IAs (Individual Augmentees) and the Kuwait-specific mission, but this will integrate all members of the next staff of the Kandahar Role 3 hospital together for training.”

Rear Adm. Eleanor Valentin, NMSC commander, said, "U.S. military personnel are experiencing the lowest battle mortality rates in history. This is due largely to advanced medical personnel and the training they receive. The revitalized NEMTI training is designed to continue building on Navy Medicine’s successes that have saved the lives of those injured in combat situations."

Service members completing the Kandahar Role 3 Hospital course will next complete military requirements at training sites such as Fort Dix, N.J., or Fort Jackson, S.C.

NEMTI, the premier U.S. Navy training facility for expeditionary medicine, reports to the Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) in Pensacola, Fla., and NMSC, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.. NEMTI, NMOTC and NMSC are part of the Navy Medicine team, a global healthcare network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.