ERBIL AIR BASE, Iraq –
Medics with Alabama National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 173rd Infantry Regiment (Task Force War Club) along with Soldiers from the United States Army’s 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment conducted a medical class for members of Syrian Democratic Force’s (SDF) Critical Petroleum Infrastructure Guard (CPIG) at the CPIG Academy in May 2021.
The SDF CPIG is a vetted guard force that protects critical infrastructure across the Eastern Syria Security Area, some of which are vulnerable to ISIS attacks.
The TF War Club medics taught lifesaving interventions and techniques that focused on traumatic wounds to members of the CPIG Academy. Medics taught tourniquet application, wound packing and dressing, pressure bandages and junctional wound packing and wrapping.
“It is important that the Soldiers, being trained at the CPIG Academy, understand basic lifesaving measures used to stabilize injured Soldiers at the point of injury, which allows them time to get those Soldiers to a higher level of care,” said the 1-173rd’s battalion executive officer. “These Soldiers were eager to learn from our medics and did an outstanding job throughout the training.”
The class was taught in multiple parts, medics would start with an explanation of each intervention and how to apply it. This was followed by the medics demonstrating the proper technique for use. Once the demonstration was completed, Soldiers would split into teams and practice applying each intervention.
Once Soldiers had completed the course, each Soldier was presented a certificate of completion.
“The training was well received by all students and instructors,” said one of the medics from 1-173rd. “The staff of the CPIG-A expressed they would love for these classes to continue as every student gained a great amount of knowledge and skill on the interventions trained throughout the day.”
TF War Club is a part of the Louisiana National Guard’s 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, currently deployed in support of U.S. Central Command’s Operations Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield.
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