MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- For Marines, the inherent dangers of fighting in any clime and place are the reason for constant training. Marines and sailors are taught to never leave another behind and. given the necessary skills, Marines can make sure each other live to fight another day.
Sailors with the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force hosted the combat lifesaver course for approximately 40 Marines at the task force headquarters, Oct. 1- 3.
The course was divided into classroom instruction and practical application. Subjects included proper casualty carries and drags, identification of first aid supplies, classification of burns and fractures and medical terminology.
“(The) combat lifesaver course is meant to save lives and minimize injuries and casualties on the battlefield,” said Petty Officer Second Class Filadelfo Cano, leading petty officer, Task Force Aid Station. “We are teaching the course so all Marines are prepared for combat deployments, and are knowledgeable to control things like massive bleeding, blocked airways, and applying different types of treatment.”
According to Cano, interaction between the students and instructors served as a vital way to tie in real experiences from those who have deployed and pass on the knowledge to the more junior Marines in the course.
“We had diversity within the instructors,” Cano said. “We incorporated our experiences and the differences of multiple combat environments. We want to get the minds of the Marines going, especially the junior Marines.”
Participants within the class were eager to receive the training.
“This was good stuff to learn,” said Lance Cpl. Sergio Parada, tank mechanic, Company B, GCEITF. “You never know what you are going to see out there on deployment or who could get hurt. You need to be in a place where other Marines can really depend on you when things get rough.”
The prerequisites for completion of the course were a written test conducted on the morning of the final day, followed by practical application exercises in combat gear.
Marines underwent drills ranging from extraction of casualty and reaction to an ambush, to applying care under fire. Depending on the actions of the Marines, the scenarios either concluded or increased in difficulty.
“The practical application was awesome and served as good training,” Parada said. “This helps the task force so that in theater or in garrison Marines can better take care of each other.”
The skills and sustainment the course mandated will serve to better prepare to task force for the mission ahead as well as the future for each Marine after the unit cases its colors.
From October 2014 to July 2015, the GCEITF will conduct individual and collective level skills training in designated ground combat arms occupational specialties in order to facilitate the standards based assessment of the physical performance of Marines in a simulated operating environment performing specific ground combat arms tasks.