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New Training Course Offers Medics, Nurses Hands-on Experience in Austere Environment

Monday, March 13th, 2023


Army and Air Force personnel from Brooke Army Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine recently established a simulation training platform to increase readiness and meet Joint Commission requirements for staff development and training.

The Tactical Trauma Reaction and Evacuation Crossover Course, or TTREX, is designed to test and validate Individual Critical Task Lists and the Comprehensive Medical Readiness Program for military medical personnel.

“The TTREX course was developed to familiarize military and civilian personnel with critical trauma skills relevant to both the hospital and the austere environment and to maintain mission readiness,” said Army 1st Lt. Jackson Goddard, registered nurse.

The eight-hour course at the Torch Training Site at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland incorporates battlefield trauma simulations, evacuation procedures, and trauma care in a Role 2 environment. Role 2, also known as forward resuscitative care, has the capability to manage more advanced trauma patients and continue more advanced resuscitative measures in an austere environment such as a combat support hospital.

“We have combined the point of injury with the Role 2 environment,” said Air Force 1st Lt. Marissa Vasek, registered nurse. “Our goal is to get people to understand the deployment setting and the challenges they might face while deployed including limitations with supplies, manpower or experience.”

Additionally, participants experience what it’s like to be on a C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft during a critical care air transport mission to see how a patient is transported to a higher echelon of care.

Army Spc. Wade Wolf, a combat medic, said he feels the training is beneficial because participants get to see how a patient moves from the point of injury to a stateside hospital.

“We’ve had more than 40 participants over the two-day exercise,” Wolf said. “I would say about half of them have never been deployed.”

Emergency nurse Army Capt. Megan Gross agreed.

“This has been one of my favorite courses I have attended in my 14 years in the military,” Gross said. “The course allows nurses and medics to test their trauma knowledge in a tactical environment and provides a realistic peek into the deployed setting. The teamwork and camaraderie among the attendees and the instructors are unique and foster a real esprit de corps.

“My favorite part was the Role 2 trauma lane and having the opportunity to work in a small team to assess, perform interventions, and prepare our patient for transport,” she added. “The autonomy aspect provided a unique learning opportunity we often do not get in the hospital setting. The instructors provided a learning environment that was challenging but collaborative at the same time. I loved it!”

The TTREX course will be offered quarterly and is open to service members, civilians, and contractors.

“The course is geared to medics and nurses, but it’s open to anyone who’s willing to learn or just wants to observe,” Vasek said. “We have even had a few physicians come through.”

“A part of creating this exercise was to help military nurses and medics gain the confidence they need to perform under high stress while downrange,” added Army Capt. Brianna Barkley, a registered nurse who helped create the course. “We have seen camaraderie built amongst BAMC teammates while also checking off required readiness skills. What made our exercise successful is the fact that it is a learning environment. Participants feel comfortable making mistakes and learning from those mistakes to build confidence during deployments.”

“This training is invaluable because it allows service members to maintain combat readiness,” Gross said. “We have Individual Critical Task Lists, which are required training tasks for our jobs. This training opportunity allowed me to complete all of my ICTLS for the year, which maintains my individual combat readiness.”

“I was so impressed with this course as a participant that I volunteered to become an instructor and look forward to being a part of the next TTREX course,” she added.

By Lori Newman, Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs

Army photos by Jason W. Edwards

Airborne Innovation Lab Presents Additive Manufacturing Course

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023

Last week, the AIL hosted a Basic Additive Manufacturing Course. This 40 hour course taught the basic concepts of Additive Manufacturing and how to efficiently implement it within the DoD.

Students came from various units across Fort Bragg including Division, 18th Fires, 3SFG, and 2SFAB. Students completed the course with a capstone project Highlighted here was a handcuff skeleton key which van be hidden in a boot lace.

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1st Cavalry Division Hones Skills in Field Training Exercise

Thursday, February 16th, 2023

FORT HOOD, Texas — 1st Cavalry Division staff and subordinate brigades conducted a command post exercise at Fort Hood over the past in early February to test warfighting functions and refine processes ahead of a Warfighter exercise planned for this spring.

“It is absolutely critical to maintain the ability to deploy to multiple locations and stay in the fight, because failure to do so will diminish all warfighting capabilities,” said Sgt. Maj. Yolonda Jordan, division sustainment non-commissioned officer in charge, 1CD.

A command post exercise, or CPX, is a field training exercise that prepares units to fight in a large and complex environment. The exercise enables the commander to see if the staff’s processes and procedures work and identify what needs to change before being called to the fight.

“This CPX allows us to better prepare and execute our mission objectives,” Jordan added.

This is the second CPX iteration for the division as they prepare for their culminating exercise where the division will be evaluated in their proficiency, communication and warfighting capability in Warfighter 23-04 scheduled this spring.

“This is absolutely critical, you have to know the team that you work with,” said Maj. Mark Mckinney, division sustainment deputy officer, 1CD. “This sets the stage, so everybody gets their job done right so we don’t have to learn the hard way in combat.”

Testing the division’s ability to communicate as an effective warfighting team is vital, as the main command post and rear command post the staff works to effectively communicate and coordinate while also providing support towards subordinate units. Without synchronizing communication methods, the division would be unable to guide the fight.

“All elements of our division must be ready to contribute to the fight at hand,” said Jordan.

Projecting the First Team’s firepower includes augmenting the division with the right personnel.

“The goal is for us to be ready to support the “First Team” in training so that when the time comes to deploy we are not meeting for the first time,” said Maj. Robert Kaueber, deputy commander, of the Main Command Post Operational Detachment, Texas Army National Guard.

The exercise is just a steppingstone to test current tactical standard operating procedures and identify battle drills that work and things that no longer work so they can be updated before the Warfighter and potential deployments in the future.

It’s important for the staff to be able to interact with subordinate units across the battlefield and it’s also extremely important that everyone understands how to use command and control systems designed for sharing battlefield updates and communicating at different echelons.

“It’s always important to remember if you’re going to win the fight, every piece of equipment has a person behind it, whether it’s a weapon system, communication system, or planning tool,” said Maj. David Christensen, deputy command chaplain, 1CD. “If we don’t make sure our people are taken care of physically, mentally, and spiritually none of those systems matter. Conversely, if we spend a little more time taking care of our people, that effort can make the difference that ultimately wins the fight.”

By SGT Elliot Alagueuzian

Valiant Awarded $67 Million Contract by United States Army for Joint Training Analytical Support Across Europe

Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 07, 2023 — Valiant announced today that the U.S. Army’s Theater Contracting Center (TCC) in Kaiserslautern has awarded the company a five-year non-personal services contract with a maximum value of $67 million to provide Joint Training Analytical Support (JTAS) to U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) J7, U.S. Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA), and Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) in their execution of the USEUCOM Joint Training and Exercise Program (JTEP), the Joint and Individual Staff Training (JIST) Program, and the Joint Training System (JTS).

“Valiant is honored to continue our 60 years of experience developing training solutions in support of the U.S. European Command Joint Training and Exercise Directorate (ECJ7),” said Dan Corbett, Valiant’s Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to maintaining our vital role to improve the warfighting readiness of our joint force in coordination with our allies and partners.”

As a leading provider of training and readiness services, Valiant supports all phases of the JTS, including military staff training, military exercise planning, simulations programming, Department of Defense budgeting, Joint Event Life Cycle event design, event facilitation, military exercise control, exercise assessments, and readiness and lessons learned analysis. Under this contract, Valiant will support joint training and exercise efforts at multiple locations within the USEUCOM and USAFRICOM areas of responsibility.

“Valiant looks forward to continuing our joint and combined training in Europe and Africa to increase the readiness of the joint force as we work to strengthen relationships and interoperability with our allies and partners through the JTEP,” added Ashlee Dominguez, Valiant’s Vice President of Intelligence and Analysis Solutions.

Squad Leaders Gain New Insight Through Army Course

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

As Soldiers progress through the ranks in the Army, their level of responsibility increases to include leadership roles. Part of the process involves learning how to be an effective leader and mentor while balancing ongoing demands.

To better prepare for their role as a squad leader, four Soldiers with the “This is My Squad” Leader Panel attended the Squad Leader Development Course and the Counseling Enhancement Workshop at Fort Eustis, Virginia, to learn the necessary skills to enhance the performance of their squads.

Sgt. Maj. Of the Army Michael A. Grinston worked with the Army Resilience Directorate to advance this initiative as part of the SLDC course to allow squad leaders to reflect critically on their leadership style and to learn to employ evidence-based leadership skills.

“Sergeants and staff sergeants are entering the phase right now where they are either emulating a leader or trying to figure out how they can develop their own leadership style,” said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barin, Ready and Resilient Training Division, Army Resilience Directorate. “This course provides junior NCOs the ability to understand what their leadership style looks like and how to leverage their values to realize it.”

Based on Army doctrine, the two-day course for sergeants and staff sergeants is designed to equip squad leaders with evidence-based skills and strategies for effective leadership to use in a range of situations.

“We started the course by identifying our leadership styles and how we can improve them,” said Staff Sgt. Jova Silva, plans and operations noncommissioned officer with Joint Task Force- National Capitol Region, U.S. Army Military District of Washington, Provost Marshal Protection Directorate. “We had several scenarios throughout the course where we’d have to identify certain aspects like thinking traps, different ways to approach the situation and how to address them.”

The course of instruction is provided by performance experts who are civilian contractors with graduate degrees in sports psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, social psychology or related fields. Instructors are also certified through the American Association of Sports Psychologists and start teaching once they have been integrated into their local Army communities.

“We want to make sure the instructors can meet squad leaders where they are and communicate with them in their own language,” Barin said.

During the course, squad leaders examined Army Doctrine Publication 6-22 and research from the fields of human performance, organizational psychology, and positive psychology to highlight the impact and importance of squad-level leadership behaviors. In addition, students assessed their abilities to lead and evaluated their characters as defined in ADP 6-22 to determine whether they aligned with the leadership philosophy they wanted to create.

In addition to SLDC, Soldiers participated in the Counseling Enhancement Workshop, which took place over three days, to teach squad leaders how to effectively conduct a counseling session using communication techniques in Army Technical Publication 6-22.1. The class was peer-to-peer led, and instructor-facilitated with built-in scenarios where students acted out the roles of counselor and counselee.

“The workshop breaks the institutionalized way of counseling and gets out of the ‘template, copy and paste’ way of doing things,” said Barin. “It teaches students how to properly communicate, have those hard and rewarding conversations, and record them properly.”

For Staff Sgt. Winifred Collette, supply noncommissioned officer with the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade, the workshop was essential to help her look at counseling more humanely versus just following the regulation and policy.

“This class helped me realize that although we have a mission, we need to think about the humane aspect of the Soldiers standing to our left and right,” Collette said. “The mission will always be there, but the way we treat the people who accomplish it might determine how long we have them to rely on.”

According to assessments completed by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research’s Research Transition Office, feedback from Soldiers who have gone through the course has been positive, with more than four out of five NCOs reporting the curriculum being well organized, important and beneficial.

“Junior leaders who complete the SLDC training leave with a better understanding of themselves as Army leaders,” said Dr. Ian Gutierrez, research psychologist with the WRAIR Research Transition Office. “Among those who received SLDC, the proportion of NCOs who agreed that they had a leadership philosophy and a mission statement increased by more than 30% from pre-training assessment to the final follow-up assessment, highlighting that the training not only prompted squad leaders to develop their own Army-aligned leadership philosophy during the course, but that they retained the benefits of this exercise two months following the training.”

ARD and WRAIR continue to refine the course curriculum based on iterative evaluations and direct feedback from Soldiers to produce a training experience that has a meaningful impact on junior Army leaders.

“It is important to ensure that Soldiers’ crowded training schedules are being filled with trainings that directly contribute to their ability to lead others, develop themselves and their fellow Soldiers, and achieve Army goals,” Gutierrez said. “We believe that this model of Army curriculum development for training in readiness and resilience will continue to yield successful outcomes in the years ahead.”

The SLDC course is available through ARD R2 Performance Centers at 32 Army installations. Any camp, post or station without an R2PC can submit a request for a mobile training team to come to their location.

The course is recommended for sergeants who have spent more than one year time-in-grade, and staff sergeants within their first year of promotion.

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By Josephine Pride

ROSE by SIG SAUER: A Complete Solution for Women to Begin Their Firearms Journey

Thursday, January 12th, 2023

NEWINGTON, N.H., (January 12, 2023) – Introducing ROSE by SIG SAUER™.  Developed by SIG SAUER in collaboration with Team SIG Professional Shooter and 8-time World Champion Lena Miculek, the all-new ROSE brand by SIG SAUER was created to help encourage and inspire women to take on the responsibility of their own personal safety through education, training, and community.

ROSE by SIG SAUER is a complete firearms education program that begins with a custom ROSE P365 kit including a special edition P365-XL COMP ROSE pistol chambered in 9MM or P365-380 ROSE, a custom ROSE Vaultek safe, and instant access to a complete step-by-step video training series with Lena Miculek that is supported by an online community to encourage, inspire, and grow female shooters to become more confident and comfortable. 

“For the past ten years I have been exclusively a professional competitive shooter. While I worked hard for my titles, and am proud of all that I have accomplished, the most rewarding part of my career has been to help women overcome fear and get into firearms ownership.  You could say that ROSE blossomed through these experiences and is now made possible by the power of the SIG SAUER brand,” began Team SIG Professional Shooter Lena Miculek.  “ROSE is not only a pistol, it is a kit you take home with you to start your firearms journey and become part of a community where you are supported and can learn at your own pace in an environment you are comfortable in.  I have heard countless times from women that they leave the store with more questions than answers and they want to learn.  This is where ROSE by SIG SAUER comes in; the heartbeat of this program is education and getting you from the retailer to the range so you can start your lasting journey with firearms.” 

ROSE by SIG SAUER is a complete program that helps women take the first step towards responsible firearms ownership.  The program begins with the purchase of ROSE by SIG SAUER P365 kit that provides you with all the tools you need including the pistol, safe storage, and dummy rounds to begin your firearms journey and start your training program.  Whether it is your first firearms purchase, or you are just looking to improve your skills, the full online training course, guided by Lena Miculek allows gun owners to get comfortable handling the pistol and ready for the range.  The educational component is further complimented by an online community to support and share the journey as you learn and grow. 

“ROSE by SIG SAUER is based on Lena’s years of experiences as a career competitor and in teaching women at every skill level, all over the country.  ROSE was developed to be a complete system, that’s easy to understand, easy to learn and easy to use,” added Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER Inc. “For all that ROSE has to offer including the kit, the program, and the community, the entire package is a tremendous value that will pay dividends from the day you purchase and well into the future as both the ROSE by SIG SAUER brand and program grows.”

The SIG SAUER ROSE kit includes either a custom P365-XL COMP ROSE in 9MM or a P365-380 ROSE with (2) magazines, a signature ROSE Vaultek Lifepod™ pistol safe with built-in lock system and TSA approved, (5) polymer dummy rounds for safe dry-fire practice, a magazine loader, a personal note from Team SIG professional shooter Lena Miculek which includes access to the QuickStart guide and online training series.  Additionally, custom ROSE by SIG SAUER printable practice targets are available for download at

Both P365 ROSE pistols feature custom ROSE accents including a laser engraved ROSE polymer grip module, optics-ready slide with X-RAY3 Day/Night sights, and matte rose gold-colored controls including trigger, manual safety, slide catch, and takedown lever.  Additionally, both pistols are optic-ready for direct slide mounting of the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEOZero Elite optic.  The P365-XL COMP ROSE includes an integrally compensated slide, flat XSERIES trigger, and ships with (2) 12-round 9MM magazines, while the P365-380 ROSE comes standard with a curved trigger, and (2) 10-round magazines.


Caliber: 9MM / 380 AUTO

Overall length: 6.6 inches / 5.8 inches

Overall height: 4.8 inches / 4.2 inches

Overall width: 1.1 inches / 1.1 inches

Barrel length: 3.1 inches / 3.1 inches

Sight Radius: 5.1 inches / 4.9 inches

Weight (w/magazine): 20.7 oz./ 15.7 oz

The complete SIG SAUER ROSE kit is now shipping and available at retailers.  To learn more about the SIG SAUER ROSE program and watch the welcome video with Team SIG professional shooter Lena Miculek, visit

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US Army Units Hone Skills Together at Defense Nuclear Weapons School

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Units from the U.S. military’s premier all hazards command trained together during a radiological course at the Defense Nuclear Weapons School on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

Soldiers from the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command’s 1st Area Medical Laboratory and Nuclear Disablement Teams both participated in the Applied Radiological Response Techniques Level 2 course.

The five-day course is designed to apply radiological hazard theories and develop applied radiological problem-solving methods.

“Approximately 20 percent of the course is conducted in detector laboratories while the remaining course time is dedicated to hands-on radiological experiences and the interpretation of survey data,” said Capt. David D. Manzanares, a Nuclear Medical Science Officer from Nuclear Disablement Team 1. Originally from Miami, Manzanares has been in the U.S. Army for 18 years and served overseas in Baumholder, Germany.

NDTs contribute to the nation’s strategic deterrence by staying ready to exploit and disable nuclear and radiological weapons of mass destruction infrastructure and components to deny near-term capability to adversaries and facilitate WMD elimination operations. The U.S. Army has three NDTs — the NDT 1 “Manhattan,” NDT 2 “Iron Maiden” and NDT 3 “Vandals.”

The 1st AML identifies and evaluates health hazards through unique medical laboratory analyses and rapid health hazard assessments of nuclear, biological, chemical, endemic disease, occupational and environmental health threats. The one-of-a-kind medical laboratory is based on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

Together with the 1st AML and three NDTs, the 20th CBRNE Command is home to 75 percent of the active-duty Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) specialists, as well as five Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordination Teams.

Headquartered on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the 20th CBRNE Command has units on 19 bases in 16 states that take on the world’s most dangerous hazards in support of joint, interagency and allied operations around the world.

Tracing its roots to the Manhattan Project, the Defense Nuclear Weapons School provides training on radiological and nuclear weapons, incident command and response and CBRNE modeling for the U.S. Department of Defense and other Federal, state and local agencies.

The school is accredited by the American Council on Education, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the State of New Mexico.

Col. Matthew J. Grieser, the commander of the 1st Area Medical Laboratory, and his senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Jackie S. Mims, visited the Soldiers during the course.

Grieser is a native of Mulino, Oregon, who has deployed to Afghanistan four times and Iraq five times. He has also served in Haiti, Panama and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

“The skills gained from this course will make us even more effective,” said Grieser. “It takes teamwork to tackle the kinds of challenges that we confront and we have many great partners, including the professionals at the Defense Nuclear Weapons School.”

By Walter Ham

Recon Marines Train With New Pistol

Sunday, January 8th, 2023

U.S. Marines with 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division conduct an M18 pistol live-fire range at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. This routine training enables Marines to maintain proficiency in marksmanship and close combat. The M18 Modular Handgun System is a striker-fired, semi-automatic, 9-mm pistol. Fielded in 2020, the M18 will replace all other pistols in the Marine Corps inventory, including the M9, M9A1, M45A1 and M007.

The M18 falls under our Portfolio Manager Ground Combat Element Systems. PfM GCES provides and sustains fully integrated kinetic weapon systems and equipment to increase the lethality of our Marines.

By Sgt Jennifer Andrade