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Mission Spec Issues The TQ Challenge

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Mission Spec wants more people to carry tourniquets on their person everyday.  Do you carry at tourniquet?  Make a video with #HowITQ explaining how you carry your TQ.  Keep it short. Keep it simple. Maybe we can make a difference and get more people to carry a TQ.

563d RQG Airmen Rescue Injured Mexican Fishermen

Saturday, July 20th, 2019


Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s 563d Rescue Group traveled more than 1700 miles, to save two critically injured Mexican fishermen onboard the Mazatun fishing vessel, July 10, 2019.

 The fishermen were injured when their vessel’s crane collapsed more than 1300 miles southwest of San Diego in international waters at approximately 8 p.m., July 9. Fishing nets obstructed Mazatun’s propellers during the incident making the boat unable to transit under its own power. The two severely injured fishermen were transferred to Mazatun’s sister ship, Tamara, who began making the three day journey to the nearest land, a Mexican naval outpost on Socorro Island located more than approximately 840 miles away.

 Due to the severity of the injuries and the ship’s isolated location, an urgent request was made for the specialized skills of U.S. Air Force Rescue. In response, the 563d RQG deployed multiple HC-130J Combat King II aircraft from the 79th Rescue Squadron to Tamara as it sailed to Socorro Island, July 10. Pararescuemen from the 48th Rescue Squadron parachuted from the HC-130J into the ocean. They intercepted and boarded the Tamara, and provided trauma care for the injured fishermen. They quickly stabilized the patients and offered continued care for the rest of the voyage to Socorro Island.

 “The relationship that was built with the captain of the ship allowed a seamless integration of our PJs medical capabilities to be able to provide the best treatment for the two injured fishermen,” said Capt John Conner, 48th RQS flight commander of flight 3. “It also allowed us the opportunity to work how we were going to transfer the patient on the ship to Socorro Island. That relationship was key.”

 Tamara reached Socorro harbor Friday evening, July 12. The pararescuemen transferred the fishermen to the Mexican naval medical clinic on the island where they would stay overnight. The next day an air ambulance transported them to Mazatlan, Mexico for further treatment.

 “The unsaid skill Air Force Rescue offers is the ability to solve difficult problems in a timely fashion. This mission highlights rescue professionals’ ability to network within the 563d RQG, 355th Wing and a greater Tucson medical community to solve an incredibly difficult problem, and continue solving problems throughout the mission’s execution which can be seen by the infil methods, follow-on aerial resupply, and transfer of care/exfil conditions,” said Captain Michael Erickson, 48th RQS director of operations. “Air Force Rescue’s successful execution of the mission demonstrates one of the ways Davis-Monthan’s culture of readiness and problem solving skills can support the greater joint force and our mission partners.”

 “This is the longest domestic rescue the 563d RQG has accomplished,” said Lt. Col. Scott Williams, 79th RQS commander. “The unique nature and location of the accident required specialized care, and I’m proud of the job our entire team did to ensure these men returned home to their families.”

By A1C Kristine Legate, 355th Wing Public Affairs

SCUBAPRO Sunday – Blisters

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

When you are doing a lot of diving, or you dive for the first time in new fin or a new dive shoe/ boots, you might tend to rub raw spot on the tops of your ankles, the backs of your heels or even on your toes. If you don’t have the option and you have to dive for whatever reason, say you are in the middle of your work up, or you are overseas and as part of your job you have to dive.  

Prevent Blisters

There are different types of socks for diving, neoprene, lycra, and the good old fashion wool dive socks, to help keep your feet warm and also protect from blisters. You can also try and wear everyday athletic socks. Wearing socks under your dive boots stop the booties from rubbing against your skin. Instead of rubbing against your ankles and heels, the boots rub against the socks. Socks also make donning and doffing your wetsuit easier. This is a good bonus for wearing socks. Even if your dive boots fit you perfectly, they still may rub your foot raw, if you dive enough or you get sand in your booties when you go thru the surf to get sand in your bootie. Wearing socks can help prevent some of these problems.

First, I am not a doctor, so take all of this as you will. I know there are 100s of ways to do this. This is what I have done in the past, and it worked for me

Treating Blisters

The key to preventing blisters is to eliminate friction. Shoes and boots should be well broken in, and you should make an effort to keep your socks as dry as possible by changing them when your feet get hot and sweaty or by taking your shoes or boots off periodically to let your feet and socks dry out when you take a snack break. That is how it is done on land, but in the water, you will be wet. So you will need to try and keep sand out of your booties as much as possible. If you are diving something new. Start with a short duration dive so you can break it in.

So there are basically two ways to treat a blister. First is to leave it alone and not pop it and treat by keeping it intact and basically leave it alone, time will heal it.  Drain it if needed. Second is to pop the blister. Once it is popped the best thing to do is treat it with Tincture of Benzoin. This will hurt, but it will help dry it out faster. Cover it with something the same way you usually would. Most people say to cut the center out of a bandage, so it looks like a donut and put it around it. Then put another one on top of the first one. This is to help stop the bandage from sticking to it. This can also be done with duck/riggers tape. Once a blister has been broken, it should be cleaned, disinfected, and then bandaged. Before bandaging the wound, an antibiotic ointment should be applied. Research has shown that the application of Neosporin or triple antibiotic gel will help kill off infecting bacteria after two applications and accelerate the healing process.

Unbroken blisters that are painful should be drained. This is caused by the build-up of fluid in the blister, so removing it will help relieve the pain. First, disinfect the area. Prick with a clean sterilized needle. Leave the skin overlying the blister in place to prevent infection. Apply antibiotic gel to the site of the needle pricks and cover with a bandage. After your dive replace the dressing at some point. You can let it dry out overnight if you want.

Tincture of Benzoin on a q-tip is a bonding agent that can also be used to seal the roof of the blister to the exposed skin underneath. It already contains alcohol, so a separate application is unnecessary. It will hurt, but it will help dry it out, and it should heel faster.


Tactical Medical Modular Carriage System Gen2 From SOTech Tactical

Friday, July 12th, 2019

For 15 years, SOTech’s Gen I medical bags have made up most of the Special Forces Medic’s 18D TacSet, and we are proud to announce that our Tactical Medical Modular Carriage System – GEN II has just received NSN approval for Army-wide issue to DOD medical personnel.

TACTICAL MEDICAL MODULAR CARRIAGE SYSTEM – GEN II is a modular medical pack system that functions across the 3 platforms of RUCK-TRUCK-HOUSE. This 2nd generation evolution of SOF medical packs incorporates a decade of wartime operator input. The result is a tailored set of modular pouches that are chosen to affix to any of these packs, harnesses, and panels. The system also supports a supply tree with the top being the box (MMCIS) which supplies/supports the hanging panel (RAMMP), and that in turn supports the large pack (MMP-L) which supports the medium pack (MMP-M) which supports the (MMP-S). The packs integrate and share the load with the medical belt/harness system (MACBS). The insert organizers and belt, pack and panel pouches fully integrate and can mount on any platform within this system. And finally, the IFAK (RFAP) is the base of the system mounting basic first aid items on all personnel on the team. This system follows the wounded soldier from the point of traumatic injury all the way through transport to the hospital.

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Rapid First Aid Pack, OCP

Rapid First Aid Pack Filled, OCP

Medical Assault Combat Belt System Small/Medium, OCP

Medical Assault Combat Belt System Large/Extra Large, OCP

Modular Medical Pack, Large, OCP

Modular Medical Pack, Medium, OCP MMPM-OCP

Modular Medical Pack, Small, OCP

Expanding Personal Effects Bag

Rapid Access Modular Medical Panel, Trauma



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1st SFAB Medics Learn to Diagnose and Treat Tropical Diseases

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

FORT BENNING, Ga. — Combat medics from 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade attended a three-day long Military Tropical Medicine Course at Fort Benning, June 10-12, to learn about infectious diseases they may have to diagnose and treat in future operations.

The Navy Medicine Professional Development Center in Bethesda, Maryland provides the curriculum and instructors for a four-week long in-residence course for doctors and physicians assistants.

1st SFAB requested a condensed version to help the brigade’s medics support their 12-Soldier combat advisor teams.

The course “prepares medical providers to do good medicine in austere environments dealing with pathogens that they just don’t commonly see here,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kevin Taylor, Assistant Course Director and Army Liaison.

The small combat advisor teams are designed to train, advise and assist conventional foreign security force partners in remote locations where robust medical resources aren’t always available. The medic is critical to the team’s health and safety.

“Training on tropical disease and vectors is essential to prepare our medical personnel to treat and ideally prevent disease non-battle injury. This is especially crucial on small advisor teams where every person has a mission essential job,” said U.S. Army Capt. Danielle Ivenz, 1st SFAB’s Environmental Science and Engineering Officer.

Taylor, a doctor specializing in the prevention of infectious diseases, wants Soldiers to take the threat of in places like Asia or Africa seriously.

To drive home his point, Taylor told the class that mosquitos infected with the most dangerous strain of Malaria bite people in Africa ten or more times in a month and roughly a third of all military members who contract Malaria in a given year were serving in Africa when infected. Untreated, that most dangerous strain of Malaria can be fatal in just a few days.

Malaria isn’t the only medical threat 1st SFAB’s Soldiers may face. The course covered a number of diseases including Ebola, Dengue Fever, and Rabies. Instructors focused on a combat medic’s ability to make a rapid diagnosis and request a medical evacuation if more advanced care is needed.

Students learned how to use a simple, field expedient diagnostic kit that uses a drop of blood to quickly diagnose a number of tropical infectious diseases. “The big question is does this person need to be moved or not,” said Taylor.

1st SFAB’s medics also learned how to build a health threat assessment with an emphasis on the diseases their teams are likely to encounter and how to prevent them. Taylor said the preventive medicine procedures and medicines given to Soldiers are highly effective when used properly.

“This course helped to identify what regionally specific illnesses and threats we may encounter in an unfamiliar environment. Through this training we can provide a better level of protection to our teams while away from higher level echelons of care,” said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Salman, Senior Medic for 3rd Squadron, 1st SFAB.

By MAJ Matthew Fontaine, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade

Warrior Countdown – Tactical Combat Casualty Care Demo & Stop the Bleed Course at Warrior EAST

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

ADS Inc is offering some great medical training opportunities for attendees of next month’s Warrior Expo EAST at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, July 10-11. Be sure to register at

In response to the recent Virginia Beach tragedy, ADS, Inc. is taking extra steps to provide Warrior Expo EAST-goer’s plenty of medical training and educational opportunities around responding to casualties both in and out of theater.

Tactical Combat Casualty Care Demo

Tier 1 Group (T1G) is a training services company uniquely qualified to assist and support Tier 1 and Tier 2 SOF-specific requirements as well as conventional Special Purpose Forces, Law Enforcement, and OGAs. The script, actors, and medical training will be coordinated and sponsored by T1G both days of Warrior EAST.

As an attendee, you will follow along with trained and skilled actors as they administer the various steps of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) to a massive hemorrhage victim with multiple injuries. Immediately following this 30-minute demo, ADS Representatives will walk through the various stages of care as well as speak to the vendor products that were used in the demonstration. Various medical partners will be providing the tourniquets, litters, combat gauze, AED, and much more!

• Location: Show Floor
• Dates: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 & Thursday, July 11, 2019
• Times: 1130 – 1200, 1430 – 1500

Remember the Combat Casualty video that circulated after SOMSA 2017? That was ADS, Inc.

As pioneers in medical training simulations, ADS hopes to bring our team’s knowledge, experience, and expertise to DoD, military, and first responders in attendance at this year’s event.

Stop the Bleed Course

Sponsored by The Raytom Group (#1211), Phokus Research Group (#1101), Tactical Medical Solutions (#1201) and Z-Medica.

Stop the Bleed is a campaign to educate the public on how to effectively reduce blood loss in an injured patient. It can be taught to any and all skill levels. The Raytom Group specializes in instructional services in medicine and TacMed. Stop the Bleed in service will cover the following:
• Identifying different types of bleeding
• Methods to control these types of bleeds
• Treating the patient post bleeding control
• Basic, advanced, and field craft methods to control difficult bleeds

All attendees will receive a certificate of completion documenting their continuing education accreditation (1-hr).

• Location: Classroom 2B, Virginia Beach Convention Center
• Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
• Time: 1030 – 1130
• Registration required – Government ID required for entry

Questions? Contact your knowledgeable ADS Representative at 866-845-3012 or email

OR Summer Market 19 – VSSL First Aid

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

VSSL has added a first aid kit to their line of waterproof tubular gear kits. They are pretty handy, and can be kept in vehicles or pantries, or even carried an impact for hiking.

They’ve created a roll up insert which keeps the gear organized and allows you to either customize or restock specific items. The other side of the insert features instructions.

And, like every other VSSL Kit, the end cap features a flashlight. In this case, the other end is a compass.

Here you can see the entire contents.

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USMC Canvases Industry For Integrated Helmet System

Friday, June 7th, 2019

This week, the Marine Corps Systems Command issued a Request for Information to Industry, seeking a Berry Amendment compliant Integrated Helmet System.

Just last year, the Marines evaluated mid and high cut helmets during Urban Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2018 (Urban ANTX-18) at Camp Pendleton, California and purchased a small number of Enhanced Combat Helmets in these shapes for further testing.

The Marine Corps envisions IHS as a lightweight helmet system (includes shell, suspension, retention system, and other mounting devices) that will provide an integrated head protection platform for infantry and infantry-like Marines. The IHS will be employed by male and female Marines under various environmental conditions for long durations in conjunction with other gear and equipment. With the increased number of battery powered optics and other attachments to the helmet, the amount of exposed/unsecure wires and battery packs are increasing. The Marine Corps is looking for an optimized configuration to allow power and/or data to flow to the attachments while minimizing bulk.

In addition to a universal, modular mounting system for all components that allows for compatibility with legacy and future capabilities, IHS must be compatible with the following:
– Communications/hearing protection
– Night Vision Devices including external battery components
– Power cable management or power transfer
– Eye protection
– CBRN Equipment (mask and cover)
– Standard Marine Corps clothing
– Oxygen mask
– Rail system to mount ancillary devices
– Body armor
– USMC Pack

Here are the desired ballistic capabilities of IHS:

Minimum V50 BL(P)s

Additionally, the finished helmet, including any hardware exposed on the outside of the shell (if hardware is used for any attachments), shall be resistant to penetration from a 9 mm FMJ RN bullet at 1400 (+50, –0)ft/sec at 0° obliquity.

IHS must also protect from bump or blunt impacts. At a minimum, no individual acceleration shall exceed 150 G (gravitational constant) at 10ft/s. Greater impact protection (i.e., fewer G) is desired.

Below are the maximum weights by size.

Once again, the Marines plan to use Mid Tear Acquisition to conduct an “Other Transaction Agreement (OTA)” a process which is being used more and more to quickly test and field mature technologies and equipment. In the event a contract is awarded, the minimum order will be 24,000 IHS, delivered within one year of First Article approval.

Those interested have until 5 July, 2019, at 11:59 Eastern to submit.