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Q30 and Best Ranger Competition Announce Continued Partnership to Help Safeguard Army Rangers with Q-Collars

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

NORWALK, CT (April 9, 2024) – Q30 Innovations, the creator of the Q-Collar, proudly announces its continued partnership with the 2024 Best Ranger Competition. Taking place at Fort Moore in Georgia and celebrating its 40th anniversary, this historic event will showcase the world’s greatest soldiers outfitted in Q-Collars, the FDA-cleared device aimed at reducing the risk and severity of traumatic brain injury during high-impact activities.

The Best Ranger Competition is renowned for its rigorous challenges, demanding peak physical and mental performance from all competitors. Q30 aims to positively impact the well-being of every elite soldier taking part in this historic tradition and on the battlefield. This year, Andrew Beck, Houston Texans Fullback, Q-Collar athlete and son of Major General Christopher Beck, will join the Q30 team onsite to assist in equipping all Army Rangers with a Q-Collar and an all-new Best Ranger Competition Q-Collar sleeve during the event.

“We are honored to continue to stand alongside The Best Ranger Competition and our U.S. Army Rangers,” said Q30’s Co-CEO, Tom Hoey. “We hope to help mitigate the risks of brain injuries that occur during military activity and positively impact the overall health of our American soldiers for years to come with our proven and patented device. By backing our nation’s defenders and this historic event, we aim to advance brain health awareness and ensure the continued safety of our brave men and women.”

Close to 500,000 U.S. service members have been diagnosed with brain injuries since 2000, typically a result of head impacts and blast waves. Through these specific military scenarios, rapid acceleration and deceleration movements of the brain can occur, often referred to as “brain slosh.” To showcase the Q-Collar’s efficacy in mitigating these effects, participants in the Best Ranger Competition will receive firsthand experience of the critical protection it provides.

The Best Ranger Competition is held on Fort Moore and is open to the public. For more information call 706-718-9520 or visit

More information on the product, research and how to purchase the Q-Collar can be found at

MATBOCK Monday: How a SOIDC Loads His Graverobber Assault Medic

Monday, April 8th, 2024

Fully loaded out MATBOCK GRAM that was sent to them from a SOF Medic with 15 years of experience. Check it out here.

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MATBOCK Monday: LIFT System “Stop Being a Fool”

Monday, April 1st, 2024

For more than a decade, the LIFT System has been the industry leader as the lightest, most complete mission-ready system on the market. At only 9.78 lbs (4.44kg), it will eliminate six “one-trick ponies” and 35.6 lbs (13.8 kg). Stop being a fool by carrying an extra 35lbs around for nearly the same price!

The most commonly purchased items from this video are the S-LIFT, R-LIFT, and LIFT Ladder. Sean Matson, their Co-Founder and CEO, covers each product here.

The Combat Carbon Poles are the backbone of the entire system and can also be used in their popular Cobra Sled and J-LIFT (Jungle Litter).

Reach out to MATBOCK today to schedule a demo Checkout the LIFT System here:

USSOCOM Seeks Subjects for VA Study on PTSD & Brain Health

Saturday, March 30th, 2024

USSOCOM is sponsoring a VA study about PTSD and Brain Health, and they are seeking Operators, Enablers, Leadership/Command, Providers, Contractors, and GS Employees serving SOF.

Go here to start the survey:

Hat tip to the Combat Control Foundation.

CRO Soft Medication Case

Friday, March 29th, 2024


Designed for POI med carry. Doesn’t hold the kitchen sink, but good for medics who have multiple setups. The CRO Soft Medication Case includes a customizable loop panel for Velcro “dot” vial retention. The organizing sleeves in the lid are designed for a few syringes, needles, swabs, atomizers, etc. Low-profile tether attachment so you can secure it to your kit. That’s it, it’s a med case, just smaller.

MATBOCK Monday: Graverobber Assault Medic to Sustainment

Monday, March 25th, 2024

In part 3 of 3 we are going to cover how the GRAM attaches to the sustainment to create the MATBOCK Tech Ruck

In the video above we also have links to Part 1, where we covered the Graverobber™ Assault Medic Insert Panel and Part 2, where we covered the Graverobber™ Assault Medic

This well-organized medical bag and series are why we decided to call it the Graverobber™. The ability to scale up or down based on mission requirements is paramount for the units we support.

Next week, we will cover the LIFT System and how this product line can save you nearly 36lbs. If you have any questions, reach out to us at

Army Medical Developers Put Tech, Treatments to Test During Arctic Edge 24

Saturday, March 23rd, 2024

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Team members with the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity joined a multinational military and government contingent to test developing medical technologies and treatments at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, March 4-6, 2024.

As part of the U.S. Northern Command’s Arctic Edge 24 exercise, USAMMDA developers partnered with frontline military medical providers to conduct below zero medicine exercises and experiments and assess the progress of the U.S. Army’s freeze-dried plasma and extreme cold weather shelter programs.

Arctic Edge 24 is a premier venue to demonstrate how USAMMDA’s programs fit into the Army and Department of Defense’s future operating concepts, including a focus on the Arctic regions of the globe, according to U.S. Army Col. Andy Nuce, commander of USAMMDA.

“Exercises like Arctic Edge 24 are a great touchpoint for USAMMDA’s development teams because they give us a chance to interface with potential end users of devices and treatments during the development process,” said Nuce, who has helmed the activity since June 2022. “This is important for two reasons. One, it gives our teams a chance to see devices in real-world environments that we cannot fully replicate at Fort Detrick. Two, the Soldiers who are using the devices during these types of training give us incredible insight into where products are in development within the acquisition pipeline, and how we can improve the process going forward to deliver the best possible products for eventual fielding.

“In short, the Soldiers in the field are critical to our understanding of what is needed and how we can improve the development process going forward to meet their future needs in order to save lives.”

Exercises like Arctic Edge 24 align with the wider Army preparedness doctrines outlined in the forthcoming Army publication “Arctic and Extreme Cold Weather Operations” and showcase how Army medical development commands are refining their focus to meet the challenges of Arctic warfighting, including medical readiness.

The first of two USAMMDA teams attending the exercise, the freeze-dried plasma — known as FDP — developers, are working with combat medics and medical officers to continue the years-long adaptation of blood plasma in freeze-dried form for far-forward use. The lightweight and expeditionary FDP under development by USAMMDA’s Warfighter Protection and Acute Care Project Management Office is a critical advancement in blood replacement capabilities for frontline troops, according to Michelle Mason, a logistics specialist with the WPAC PMO who attended the exercise.

“The FDP program is a significant step forward to equip military medical personnel to provide urgent care at and near the front lines,” said Mason. “When Warfighters are injured, every moment is critical to improving their chances of survival.”

Blood plasma is a lifesaving tool that helps boost a patient’s blood volume to help prevent shock and aid with blood clotting, according to the American Red Cross. WPAC is developing both human and canine FDP to give future military medical providers another option when treating critically injured servicemembers and military working dogs.

For the past several years, the U.S. Army has been focusing on modernizing its forces to meet the challenges of 2030, 2040 and beyond. A main component of this wider strategy is improving lifesaving care for wounded and injured Warfighters at and near the front lines. The U.S. Department of Defense’s focus on dispersed operations, with logistics lines crossing thousands of miles of open ocean and barren tundra, makes building frontline care capacities imperative to joint force readiness, according to Mason.

“During previous conflicts, like in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. forces had unparalleled abilities to treat and evacuate the wounded to higher echelons of care, due to wide accessibility of medevac aircraft and relative proximity of secured bases with advanced medical treatment facilities and devices,” said Mason. “Those advances greatly improved survivability compared to previous U.S. wars. Today’s warfighters are preparing to fight in areas of the world that are much more austere and rugged, where the ‘front line’ will be geographically isolated, dispersed and harder to reach by air and seacraft to evacuate the critically wounded.

“This is why developing treatments like FDP is so important to the DoD’s modernization efforts,” she added. “The advantages of longer shelf life, reduced logistical burden, safety and efficacy that are built into these types of materiel solutions will be vital during future conflicts to enable medical personnel to sustain life until medevac transportation can be arranged to higher levels of care.”

The second USAMMDA contingent participating in Arctic Edge 24 works with commercial partners to assess the development of rugged, extreme cold weather treatment shelters for use in Arctic environments. When a servicemember is wounded or injured, a complex series of actions begins. Frontline medical personnel initially work to stabilize the patient by keeping airways open, applying pressure to limit blood loss and treating for shock. Next, triage priorities determine the order for movement to higher echelons of care, with the most severely wounded or injured given highest priority.

During dispersed operations in extreme climates, when medevac transportation could be limited, the need to shelter casualties in a safe, dry, and warm environment while waiting for further care is imperative to ensure the patient remains stable. The Warfighter Readiness, Performance, and Brain Health PMO team attended Arctic Edge 24 to assess the worthiness of their shelter program in the most extreme climate imaginable, according to Emily Krohn, an assistant product manager with the team.

“Extreme cold weather is a different sort of enemy to our Warfighters when they are injured or wounded,” said Krohn, who attends a dozen Army and joint force exercises each year in her role as a product manager. “The climate can be a huge challenge during combat operations because it not only limits evacuation options, but it can compound and worsen the effects of serious wounds and injuries.”

USAMMDA relies on many partners to accomplish its mission, according to Krohn. Its development experts work with others across the Army, special forces community and medical industry to conceive, research, develop and test the technologies and treatments that future Warfighters will rely on to fight and win. Exercises like Arctic Edge 24 are a perfect platform to measure the effectiveness of USAMMDA’s development programs, including extreme cold weather shelters that are rugged, expeditionary and designed to meet the needs of warfighters during future conflicts.

“The shelters we are developing with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center and our commercial partners are designed to enable frontline medics to safely evacuate casualties and provide tactical combat casualty care in a temperature-controlled environment while arranging for movement to higher echelons of care,” said Krohn. “These types of technologies are being developed to answer the challenges servicemembers and frontline providers may face in extreme cold weather.”

By T. T. Parish

“Tell Them Yourself”

Friday, March 22nd, 2024

Coming Soon from the Journal of Special Operations Medicine/Breakaway Media, LLC.

Debuting at SOMA, “Tell Them Yourself: It’s Not Your Day To Die,” by Frank Butler, Kevin O’Connor, and Jeff Butler is an extraordinary, true account of how a small group of world-class trauma experts joined forces with America’s best combat medics to rewrite the battlefield medicine rule book and then sell these revolutionary new concepts to a disbelieving medical world.

This is the definitive record of how TCCC came to be and how these protocols forever changed the way care is provided to those wounded in combat, written by the men who fought for the change.

Look for it on the JSOM website and via Amazon soon.