By 1st LT. Joshua T. Fosher
2nd Engineer Battalion
The Soldiers of the 2nd Engineer Battalion trained to save lives as part of a refocusing on individual skills and techniques in preparation for future operations.
The Soldiers of the 2nd Engineer Battalion took another big step in the transition from the deployed to the garrison environment this week, by getting back to the basics with a battalion level Combat Life Saver, CLS, course. The medics of the 2nd Engineer’s hosted the multi day training event by bringing the most up to date medical practices to the Soldier in the class room and then out on the field for some hands on training and lane validation.
Command Sgt. Maj. Arnold was thrilled with the training, championing the need for every Soldier to be CLS certified not only because of the requirement set by the Army, but as a skill that can be vital in daily life whether deployed or at home. For Arnold the focus on CLS is “a success story, making a big difference in the preparation for future operations. Many Soldiers in the battalion saw firsthand the importance of spending the time training on CLS in garrison as it carried over to success stories down range saving lives.”
For the final day of training the Soldiers took to the parade field to validate their classroom techniques in simulated training lanes designed to test their life saving knowledge. The participants donned their personal protective equipment, PPE, and took to the lanes shadowed by one of the 2nd Engineer Battalion’s combat medics acting as a grader and an observer controller, OC. During the lane, the OC calls out an injury and the Soldier must react to the trauma, treat the casualty and then move the wounded Soldier using proper buddy aide carry techniques to a designated safe area. At the end of the day the Soldiers of the 2nd Engineer Battalion left the training confident that they could provide the aid needed to save another Soldiers life no matter the theater of operation.