SUMMIT BECHTEL RESERVE, West Va. -- The 142nd Area Support Medical Company conducted their annual training in support of the Boy Scout National Jamboree, July 15-28.
The ASMC provided multiple ambulances and Soldiers in support of more than 40,000 scouts and leaders in attendance.
“This annual training is unique,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Stanley, platoon sergeant, 142nd ASMC. “We’re getting hands on medical treatment to civilians as well as Soldiers here the last two weeks.”
The medics ran emergency calls for anyone in need of medical assistance and would either treat them on scene or transport them to one of the medical facilities, said Stanley. The medical facilities were a combination of military assets and civilian assets providing doctors, dentists, nurses, and behavioral health specialists, nothing they couldn’t handle with everything available, Stanley said.
The equipment and services available included CAT scan, x-ray, and lab capabilities, Stanley said. Helicopter and ambulance transportation were also available if the situation warranted.
The Connecticut National Guard joined with Active Duty and Reserve Army components, Navy, Coast Guard, and Special Forces units at the Jamboree.
“They’re real patients, who we don’t usually work with, who have real injuries,” said Pfc. Gillian Westphal, of the 142nd ASMC. “It’s not just us working on our mannequins, they’re depending on us.”
If any event attendee was suspected to have any broken bones the patient was sent to the orthopedic clinic for examinations and x-rays, if necessary. “Our Soldiers gained a lot of hands on experience that they don’t really get from a drill weekend,” Sgt. Chad Finn, 142nd ASMC, said. “Real patients, real world, and we have plenty of staff to shadow and observe to guide us in the right direction.
“The focus was on helping the boy scouts and we assisted the civilian staff,” Finn said. “The added training value from this is stuff we wouldn’t get anywhere else. One of the soldiers can now successfully treat injuries that may not have been taught in medic school.
“If we were called up in the state of Connecticut we would be fully capable of handling a situation,” said Stanley. “We were able to handle a variety of medical situations from someone feeling sick to someone needing to be ambulanced out.”
Finn assisted in helping many event participants with needed medical assistance. Sgt. Finn was recognized alongside Cpt. Wesley Kyle, also of the 142nd ASMC, for their actions in assisting a civilian suffering from cardiac arrest.
Finn and Kyle were the first medical personnel to respond to the victim, said Maj. Linda Cuhna, executive officer for the 118th Multifunctional Medical Battalion. After a phone call from the doctor who later helped the patient, it was confirmed that Finn and Kyle had saved the man’s life.
“This annual training experience has been excellent,” Stanley said. “Our Soldiers performed very well and showed just how prepared and ready the National Guard is.”