Engineers earn Combat Life Saver Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Story and photo by Sgt. Kelly Malone
Special to GUIDON

Soldiers with 103rd Engineer Company, 94th Engineer Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, conducted a three-day training session taught by brigade medics to achieve their Combat Life Saver certification here, Aug. 27-29.

“We try to do a CLS class once every quarter. For warrior training we do CLS tasks for (physical training). The Soldiers practice getting a casualty onto a litter, or stretcher, and then do litter runs,” said Spc. Dustin Tower, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 94th Engr. Bn. combat medic.
Sgt. 1st Class Jason Gross, (right), senior medic, HHC, 4th MEB, watches as two Soldiers with 103rd Engr. Co., 94th Engr. Bn., practice applying a tourniquet Aug. 28 during a Combat Life Safer course.

“The Soldiers respond to this training well; it is a good physical activity and the camaraderie brings everyone together, especially when it comes to lifting the casualty and moving them for a long distance,” Tower added.

The second day was spent practicing hands-on training.

“This is the most experience I have had with CLS since basic (training),” said Pfc. Charles Gillespie, 103rd Engr. Co. horizontal construction engineer.

Gillespie and Pfc. Christian Biery, also a horizontal construction engineer with the 103rd, worked together. Biery acted as the casualty so the pair could practice with a field bandage.

There was a pretty severe abdominal wound which needed a field dressing over the top to prevent further injury, Gillespie said of his placement of the bandage.

There were demonstrations inside and outside the class room.

“We have 57 students in this class,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Gross, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th MEB senior medic.  “We did buddy carries earlier today, now they are working with the different bandages and tourniquets. Tomorrow the students will take the written test to finish up the training.”

Annual CLS training is an Army-wide requirement, but Soldiers here think more about the training.

“It’s good training and even though it’s a requirement, I think everybody should know it,” Tower said.

(Editor’s note: Malone is a photojournalist assigned to the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs Office.)

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