U.S. Soldiers validate quick reaction skills
Ferizaj/Urosevac, Kosovo – U.S. Soldiers from Multinational Battle Group East were tested on their Quick Reaction Force skills during a validation exercise, Jan. 7.
The scenario for this exercise had a vehicle carrying two KFOR soldiers and their interpreter lost control and struck a sign near Ferizaj/Urosevac. Two individuals were injured and the other was killed.
The exercise is performed every time a new unit takes over QRF responsibilities. “It’s the QRF’s job to react to any situation throughout our (area of operation),” said 1st Lt. Luis Lugo, former battle captain, now with Joint Law Enforcement Liaison Office, MNBG E, and a member of the Puerto Rico National Guard. “The validation is to ensure that all the separate pieces, battle desk, (liaison officer), medevac, and everything in between, are all working together.”
Once the accident is reported the battle desk notifies the QRF of the situation and the QRF deploys.
“Once the QRF gets to the location they arrive and assess the situation, and take appropriate measures,” said 1st Lt. Whesley Sepulveda, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, exercise planner, MNBG E also a member of the Puerto Rico National Guard.
“When the QRF arrived they starting directing traffic, to make sure no accidents occurred and they assessed the injured individuals,” said Lugo, Hormigueros, Puerto Rico.
The QRF Soldiers, who are members of the 1st Battalion, 296th Infantry, removed the injured individuals from the vehicle and loaded them into am M998 Humvee ambulance and were medically evacuated to Camp Bondsteel.
“Once the injuries are assessed the medics decide which would be the most appropriate way to remove the injured. Either they call for an air medevac, which would be one of the (UH-60) Black Hawks on Camp Bondsteel, or a ground medevac, which would be the ambulance on scene,” said Sepulveda.
As the injured individuals were evacuated the military police officers from the 544th Military Police Company, MNGB E, arrived to investigate the simulated accident.
“The MP’s job is to take photos of the scene and look for skid marks and debris to tell them how or why the accident occurred,” said Lugo. “They need to determine if the fault lies with the driver or somewhere else. It’s pretty impressive watching them work.”
Once the MPs finished with their inspection the QRF Soldiers got into their Humvees and returned to Camp Bondsteel, another mission successfully completed.
“The QRF guys did a great job,” said Maj. Erick Vega, event planner, MNBG E. “They arrived incredibly quick and immediately went to work. They didn’t waste any time in assessing the casualties or getting them into the ambulance. They did a tremendous job on this exercise, everyone participating did.”
Find more articles tagged with:
- Puerto Rico
- National Guard
- Quick Reaction Force
- Camp Bondsteel
- Kosovo Force
- Multinational Battle Group East
- Puerto Rico National Guard
The Michigan National Guard celebrates their 20-year partnership with Latvia with a look back at how the partnership started and and some milestones along the way.
Silver Saber brought KFOR soldiers together with their Kosovo Police and EULEX counterparts to train on crowd and riot control, relieving a multinational unit currently engaged in CRC, breaching various obstacles and medically evacuating a casualty.
“I think it is very important to bring all these groups together because it helps to improve our cooperation,” said Oleskow-Dabska. “The JIC is responsible for some parts and EULEX has other responsibilities, so we [the JIC] are not able to provide some information to the Serbian Armed Forces that EULEX is able to.”
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Sweden’s Minister of Defense Karin Enström at the Pentagon today, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
"I really think that EUCOM provided us with the best insight and tools on strategic communication," Ceku said. "EUCOM strategic communication experts had an in-depth knowledge about the cultural complexity that Kosovo has and they have adapted their training perfectly for our own needs."
The focus of this year’s exercise will be conducting humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, crisis response, and consequence management operations in response to a natural disaster. More than 300 participants are expected to take part in medical classes, certification courses, a mass casualty response exercise, and an earthquake simulation.
A three-person team from the Kansas National Guard’s 235th Regiment has returned from a weeklong trip to the Republic of Armenia where they conducted a site survey for basic medical first responder and casualty evacuation procedures.
Two National Guard and three civilian nurses from North Carolina are sharing expertise this week with their Moldovan counterparts at the Ministries of Defense and Health.
Soldiers and community members from Schweinfurt, Bamberg and Mannheim gathered to honor Lando F620, a military working dog who rose to the rank of sergeant first class and retired from the 94th Military Police Detachment.
Senior level noncommissioned officers from the Balkans region met during the Regional Senior NCO Conference for the Land Forces Senior NCO and Senior Enlisted Leader in Pristina, Kosovo Monday.