DVIDS – News – A Littoral Away Operational Readiness Training for NMRTC Bremerton Corpsmen
With operational readiness being the Navy Surgeon General’s priority, it is the responsibility of all Navy medical readiness training commands to ensure it is mission essential.
NMRTC Bremerton has formed a unique partnership to help ensure there is a ready medical force capable of supporting the fleet mission – and medical readiness.
Under the coordination of Cmdr. John M. Miyahara, Head of Pastoral Department, NMRTC Bremerton has partnered with Marine Expeditionary Security Squadron 11 to temporarily assign hospital corpsmen for operational platform familiarization training and drills .
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Don Wilwayco and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jose Deras spent several weeks in May with MSRON 11, which operates ashore, at sea, and in harbors, rivers, bays, and shorelines in Puget Sound. The squadron conducts maritime security operations providing port and harbor security for the third largest fleet concentration in the United States.
In his role as NMRTC Bremerton Command/Clinical Chaplain, Miyahara attests that preparedness is a critical issue based on the principle of synchronization of body, mind and spirit for good health and well-being. being, as well as building the tenacity needed to lead and sustain a fight.
“Preparedness is about resilience. Preparation is a matter of courage. Being in an operational setting helps our service members get into the rhythm and routine of prioritizing readiness in everything they do on the job,” Miyahara explained, quoting Admiral Harry B. Harris, former Commander of the Command American Pacific, as a direct influence in understanding. the importance of operational readiness.
“We worked under former PACOM Commander Harry Harris and his mantra was, ‘We’re ready to fight tonight. To be able to do that, we have to work on ourselves as much as on our professional skills,” Miyahara recounted from his posting to Destroyer Squadron 31 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
When Miyahara arrived at NMRTC Bremerton, his operational experience and training capability provided a foundation to build on to provide opportunities for sailors with minimal Navy fleet experience.
“When I arrived here and undertook training missions, I saw that we were lacking, especially for new members of the corps, exposure to operational life. I really wanted to find an experience that would help our corps men get that sense of operational life,” said Miyahara, who took the initiative and contacted MSRON 11 management asking to allow the corps men to join their boat crews for mission and turn mentorship. the corpsmen to provide medical training.
“It was a win-win situation for both commands,” Miyahara said.
For Wilwayco, participating in small boat operations proved to be a distinctive – yet exhilarating – experience compared to the time he earned his Fleet Marine Force designation with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, Okinawa, Japan.
“The working environment was obviously very different from being with the Marines. What was similar was the mindset of being focused on the mission,” Wilmayco said, adding that small boat crews exhibited the same traits as the Marines. “MSRON 11 is a close-knit command. They have great camaraderie, [and] work very well together with a “one team, one fight” mentality.
The boat’s crew, consisting of a helmsman, a navigator, an engineer and at least one other crew member, welcomed the two corpsmen and shared their working environment, demonstrated their varied roles and explained their daily responsibilities.
“We learned about weapons handling, logistics, engineering, communications and unit operations. It was a very valuable experience for us coming from a shore command to experience what it is like to be on an operational platform,” said Wilmayco.
For their part, Wilmayco and Deras provided instructions on self-help and mutual aid.
“We helped their command training team develop a tactical combat casualty care program that applies to the type of injuries and casualties a small boat unit can expect during a mission, such as burns, gunshot wounds and blast injuries. These are all concerns for Marines too, but on the small boat there was medical response training to handle a man overboard or drowning victim. You also have to know how to recognize and deal with the elements associated with being in open water, such as hypothermia, burns from the sun and wind, and dehydration,”
“We taught the basics like putting on a tourniquet and managing an air wave,” Wilmayco continued. “We have gone beyond MARS [acronym] prioritize the stages of victim assessment; massive bleeding, airways, breathing, circulation, head trauma and/or hypothermia. We also worked with their medical team to provide training on resuscitation of damage and casualty evacuation procedures.
While underway for two drill and maneuver training exercises providing medical support, Wilmayco and Deras also learned first-hand about boat crew operations, as well as the tactics and techniques that are applied when conducting maritime force protection, infrastructure and high value asset defense, coastal surveillance and special missions.
“Being with them was a great experience. I would definitely do it again. Although we were only there for a few weeks, we were accepted and felt like we were contributing their knowledge to help them deal with different injuries they might have while on a mission,” said Wilmayco.
According to Miyahara, several more iterations of the cross-training partnership are planned.
“It certainly benefits us to be able to have operational platform experience and be trained in the specifics of a unit capable of expeditionary warfare,” Wilmayco commented. “MSRON has also benefited from having subject matter experts in qualifications such as TCCC training and Basic Life Support.”
|Date posted:||26.06.2022 13:08|
|Location:||BREMERTON, WA, USA|
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