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CLC Cadets receive training on combat casualty care

Fort Knox, KY – Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) Cadets negotiate Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3) to train for future potential emergency situations on Saturday June 11, 2016 at FOB Gonya.

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Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) Cadet squad leader looks over the plan while her counterpart provides cover at the Tactical Combat Care training with the 1st Regiment CLC at Fort Knox June 11. Photo by: Trent Taylor

1st Lt. Sinclair Lee, native of Spearfish, South Dakota, stationed at Ft. Carson, Colorado, was onsite to brief Cadets during the instruction process.

“They are going to take skills they learn in a classroom setting and take it into the field where it is more real world and apply it,” said Lee. “There isn’t a front or back anymore on the battlefield, so you have to be ready to respond at any given time. Anything can happen and because of that we all need baseline training.”

CLC Cadets were given TC3 instruction on how to control massive hemorrhaging, airway obstruction, respiratory and circulation damage and how to treat hypothermia.

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Cdt. Paul Betsill, University of Alabama, provides security as his squad attends to a casualty during Tactical Combat Care training with the 1st Regiment Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) at Fort Knox on June 11. Photo by: Trent Taylor

Cdt. Dylan Macdonough, a student at the University of Vermont and a native of Blairstown, New Jersey, expresses his respect for the training the received for TC3.

“This is important because if you’re out in combat and you are in the business of shooting bullets, you should know how to stop them or slow damage as well,” stated Macdonough.

All instruction at TC3 was hands-on. Cadets spent the morning receiving first-hand instruction before moving into the field to simulate emergency situations and apply what was learned.

Cdt. Molly Hill, a student at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and native of Livingston, Wisconsin, believes leadership is critical during emergency situations.

“I don’t think it will be tactically difficult. I think the main difficulty is going to be the medical,” said Hill. “It will be interesting to see other people’s leadership styles coming out today.”

Cadets also implemented evacuation training with medical Humvees and helicopters during TC3.

“There isn’t any substitute for the most realistic training possible,” stated Lee, “scenario-based learning allows all the variables and factors coming onto you at once.”

TC3 closes with an After Action Review, which allows Cadets the chance to provide feedback to instructors on how the training can be improved for follow-on iterations.

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Emily LaForme

A student at Michigan State University, Emily is a Public Affairs Intern for U.S. Army Cadet Command of Fort Knox, KY. Emily has a passion for all things military, journalism, and MSU football.

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